FCC Expects Sprint-Nextel to Meet September 2007 BAS Transition Deadline

June 1, 2007
The FCC this week released its Second Memorandum Opinion and Order for improving public safety communications in the 800 MHz band. Sprint-Nextel's obligations to transition users of the 2 GHz broadcast auxiliary spectrum to the new band plan are part of that proceeding. In this MO&O, the FCC reiterated its expectations for Sprint to complete the BAS relocation by Sept. 7, 2007.

In a change from earlier practices, the FCC allowed Sprint to pay for the relocation of secondary BAS facilities associated with translator and LPTV stations and also short term stations which are not active enough each year to require a BAS license.

According to the MO&O, "Allowing Sprint to pay for relocation of these secondary BAS facilities does not in any way alter MSS licensees' obligations concerning the relocation of BAS incumbents with primary authorizations."

The FCC said that MSS licensees would not be required to reimburse Sprint for BAS relocation expenses that Sprint incurred as part of the expenses in connection with relocation of secondary BAS facilities associated with translator, LPTV stations, or short-term BAS facilities.

The commission also stated that by allowing Sprint to pay for these relocation expenses, the company would have the flexibility necessary in order to meet the BAS relocation deadline.

MSTV, FOX, Gray Television Licensee Inc. and the Mohave County Board of Supervisors supported this change. The board of supervisors uses 2 GHz to relay signals from TV stations to translators in remote locations.

The Second Memorandum Opinion and Order has additional information on this change as well as 800 MHz issues.

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