Updated: Apr 23, 2018
The Wireless Bureau (“Bureau”) released a Public Notice seeking comment on the status of the federal relocation from AWS-3 band licenses. Specially, the Bureau seeks comment on whether it should recommend an extension by up to three years of the initial 12-year license term and associated build-out deadlines for AWS-3 licenses in light of the status of the federal government relocation from the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz bands. The Bureau was directed to solicit comment in the third year following the initial licensing of the AWS-3 spectrum to make a recommendation on whether the term and associated deadlines should be extended.
The Bureau, at the Commission’s directive, seeks comment on the following:
- Is an extension of the initial license term (and associated build-out deadlines) warranted for all AWS-3 licenses granted to date, in light of the status of Federal government relocation? Alternatively, is an extension warranted only for the earliest-issued licenses, such as those issued in 2015 and 2016?
- If a blanket extension for all AWS-3 licenses is not appropriate, is an extension warranted for AWS-3 licenses in specific geographical area(s) or spectrum band(s) (1695-1710 MHz or 1755-1780 MHz or specific blocks therein) in light of the status of Federal relocation?
- If an extension is warranted, how long should it be? Commenters should bear in mind the Commission’s previous indication that it would consider extensions up to 3 years, if appropriate.
Comments are due June 5, 2018.
Reply comments are due July 5, 2018.
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