FCC Denies Nemont Construction Extension Request

Nemont Telephone Coop, a long-standing provider of wired and wireless service in the State of Montana  was denied an extension of the build-out requirement for 700 MHz cellular spectrum it acquired, but on which it had not yet begun providing service. The decision was consistent with previous FCC action, but again raises the question of how the public interest is served when the FCC recovers spectrum from a tested service provider and then holds it in inventory for an unspecified, but typically very lengthy period until it can be reauctioned.


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