Grant of APSC Waiver

On November 15, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) of the FCC granted the Arizona Public Service Company (APSC) waiver request for early access to 800 MHz Sprint-vacated spectrum to be used in APSC’s system, which is required in order to replace one that is no longer vendor-supported. The Commission accepted APSC’s explanation that it needed to deploy its new system before it could decommission the old one; that there were no alternative frequencies at the sites it needed in Arizona; and that APSC would surrender some of its current channels once the cut-over was completed. The WTB also noted that the system is shared by public safety entities and is used for emergency plans involving the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the nation’s largest nuclear-generating facility. EWA had supported this waiver request and opposition by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) was relatively muted. (DA 17-1114)

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