FCC Announces Guidance For 3.7-4.2GHZ Incumbent Earth Station Waiver Requests

In the 3.7 GHz Band Report and Order, the FCC adopted rules to make 280 megahertz of mid-band spectrum available for flexible use, plus a 20 megahertz guard band, throughout the contiguous United States by transitioning existing operations out of the lower portion (3.7-4.0 GHz) and into the upper 200 megahertz (4.0-4.2 GHz) of the band. The 3.7 GHz Band Report and Order also defined the criteria that Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) earth stations must satisfy to be eligible as incumbent earth stations to receive protection from harmful interference and reimbursement for their reasonable relocation costs. On July 6, 2020, the International Bureau released a preliminary list of those FSS earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band in the contiguous United States that the Bureau found may satisfy the criteria to be classified as incumbent earth stations for purposes of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band transition and invited comment on the preliminary list to provide minor corrections and updates. On August 3, 2020, the International Bureau released a list of incumbent FSS earth stations in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band that the International Bureau found had satisfied the criteria to be classified as incumbent earth stations. See Public Notice for additional details.

Media Bureau Announces Availability Of Construction Deadline Waivers For Certain FM Translator Stations Awarded In Auction 99 & 100

The Media Bureau announces that it will accept COVID-19-related requests for waiver of the expiration date for Auction 99- or 100-awarded construction permits due to expire on or before June 30, 2021. Any such waiver request must specify how the COVID-19 pandemic or the economic
impact of the pandemic has prevented timely construction. The Media Bureau will allow a permittee, on an individual basis and on a showing of circumstances specific to it, to seek up to a six-month waiver of the construction deadline. See Public Notice for full details.