SPECTRUM TASK FORCE EXTENDS PERIOD FOR FILING COMMENTS AND REPLY COMMENTS FOR TECHNICAL INPUT ON APPROACHES TO MAXIMIZE BROADBAND USE OF FIXED/MOBILE SPECTRUM ALLOCATIONS IN THE 2GHZ RANGE
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Released: June 10, 2011
SPECTRUM TASK FORCE EXTENDS PERIOD FOR FILING COMMENTS AND REPLY
COMMENTS FOR TECHNICAL INPUT ON APPROACHES TO MAXIMIZE BROADBAND
USE OF FIXED/MOBILE SPECTRUM ALLOCATIONS IN THE 2GHZ RANGE
ET Docket No. 10-142, WT Docket Nos. 04-356, 07-195
Comment Date: July 8, 2011
Reply Comment Date: July 22, 2011The Spectrum Task Force hereby extends the deadline for filing comments and reply comments
in response to the 2 GHz Range Public Notice seeking technical input on approaches to encourage the
growth of terrestrial mobile broadband services in the 2 GHz spectrum range that is allocated for fixed
and mobile use.1 Interested parties will now have until July 8, 2011, to file comments and until July 22,
2011, to file reply comments, as opposed to the June 17, 2011, and July 1, 2011, deadlines set forth in the
2 GHz Range Public Notice.
The Commission received two requests, by CTIA and by Sprint Nextel, for a 30-day extension of
the comment and reply comment deadlines to July 18, 2011, and August 1, 2011, respectively.2 CTIA
states that their member companies need more time to perform "significant detailed study and analysis of
the ramifications of 2 GHz band plan proposals."3 Sprint Nextel, a licensee in the adjacent broadband
Personal Communication Services ("PCS") band, states that the proceeding "raises several novel, far-
reaching proposals and concepts . . . including particularly intricate technical and interference issues," and
that an additional thirty days would "facilitate the development of a full and informed record."4
Although requests for extensions of time are not routinely granted, we do grant limited extensions
of time when we find that the public interest would be served by doing so. 5 In this case, we find that
1 See Spectrum Task Force Invites Technical Input on Approaches to Maximize Broadband Use of Fixed/Mobile
Spectrum Allocations in the 2GHz Range, ET Docket No. 10-142, WT Docket Nos. 04-356, 07-195, Public Notice,
DA 11-929 (WTB, IB, OET, rel. May 20, 2011) ("2 GHz Range Public Notice").
2 See CTIA The Wireless Association ("CTIA") Request for Extension of Comment and Reply Comment
Deadlines, ET Docket No. 10-142, WT Docket Nos. 04-356, 07-195 (filed June 6, 2011) ("CTIA Request"); Sprint
Nextel Request for Extension of Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines, ET Docket No. 10-142, WT Docket
Nos. 04-356, 07-195 (filed Jun 7, 2011) (Sprint Nextel Request).
3 CTIA Request at 2.
4 Sprint Nextel Request at 2.
5 See 47 C.F.R. 1.46(a).
granting a limited extension of time to file comments and reply comments is warranted to ensure the
Commission obtains a complete and thorough record, but we do not believe that a 30-day extension is
warranted. Accordingly, we find that an extension of the comment and reply comment deadlines by 21-
days is in the public interest. Extending the comment and reply comment period by 21-days--to July 8,
2011, and July 22, 2011, respectively--will ensure that parties have sufficient time to provide the
Commission with information. We do not believe that an extension of the original comment deadlines
would create an unfair advantage for any party.
This proceeding shall continue to be treated as a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding in accordance
with the Commission's ex parte rules.6 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any
written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after
the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Persons making
oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all
persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made,
and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation
consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter's
written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to
such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant
page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them
in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte meetings are
deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In
proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of
electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations,
and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that
proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in
this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission's ex parte rules.
For press inquiries, please contact Matt Nodine at Matthew.Nodine@fcc.gov or at (202) 418-
1646. For any additional information, please contact Jeremy Marcus, Assistant Chief, Broadband
Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, at (202) 418-0059, Jeremy.Marcus@fcc.gov, Robert
Nelson, Chief, Satellite Division, International Bureau, at (202) 418-2341, Robert.Nelson@fcc.gov, or
Geraldine Matise, Chief, Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, at (202) 418-
Action by the Chiefs, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, International Bureau, and Office of
Engineering and Technology.
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6 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.
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