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2 GHz Relocation Deadline Extended to March 5, 2008

Sprint Nextel Corp. has at least another 30 days, until March 5, 2008, to clear broadcasters from the 1990-2025 MHz of the old 2 GHz broadcast auxiliary services (BAS) band. Sprint’s obligation, under the terms to the 800 MHz Order, was to complete relocation of all BAS facilities in the band by Sept. 7, 2007.

In granting the latest extension, the commission noted that all interested parties are negotiating in good faith and that the additional time will allow it to consider a Joint Petition for Waiver filed by Sprint Nextel, NAB, the Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc. (MSTV), and the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) filed on Sept. 4, 2007 and a Consensus Plan filed by the same groups on Dec. 6, 2007.

“We take this action without expressing any judgment on the merits of the Joint Petition,” the FCC said.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.