A Denial Four Years in the Making

On April 14, the FCC denied a request from Santa Clara County, California to add T-Band sites more than the permitted 80 km (50 miles) from San Francisco. The proposed sites also were less than the required distance from both co-channel and adjacent channel television stations.  The County’s applications were filed originally on November 3, 2011, and were amended to request a waiver of the filing freeze on April 3, 2013. In its applications, the County argued that its responsibilities had expanded to include areas not covered from its existing facilities and that this system is needed for interoperability purposes in the area.  

The PSHSB denied the request noting that, by its terms, the freeze applied to pending appli-cations such as the County’s and that it was intended to “stabilize the spectral environment while the Commission determines how to implement the Spectrum Act.” It also noted that the recent Incentive Auction resulted in an 84 MHz reduction of TV spectrum and allowing geographic expansion of land mobile use outside their prescribed areas would complicate TV repacking. 

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