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Call for 800 MHz rebanding extension raises public-safety’s ire

WASHINGTON--Don't blame the public-safety community if the 800 MHz reconfiguration process is not going smoothly, said Wanda McCarley, president of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials. McCarley's assertion follows a report that Sprint Nextel Corp. wants to extend the rebanding process by two years....

EF Johnson opposes Motorola’s 800 MHz plans

WASHINGTON-EF Johnson Inc. protested Motorola Inc.'s proposal to allow 800 MHz licensees to replace their radios before they complete rebanding negotiations with Sprint Nextel Corp. and the 800 MHz Transition Administrator. The Motorola Plan is "an ill-conceived and anti-competitive maneuver," said Robert Donohoo, EF...

EF Johnson opposes Motorola’s 800 MHz equipment plans

WASHINGTON—EF Johnson Inc. objected strongly Thursday to a plan by Motorola Inc. to change the reconfiguration plan for the 800 MHz band and allow radios to be replaced before licensees complete their negotiation process with Sprint Nextel Corp. and the 800 MHz Transition Administrator....

800 MHz TA urges early start to planning

WASHINGTON-The 800 MHz Transition Administrator encouraged public-safety spectrum licensees in middle America to begin thinking about the reconfiguration process and begin preparing their requests for planning funding even though their negotiation process is not scheduled to begin until Aug.1. The TA wants public safety...

800 MHz TA urges public safety to get a move on

WASHINGTON—The 800 MHz Transition Administrator encouraged public-safety spectrum licensees in middle America to begin thinking about the reconfiguration process and begin preparing their requests for planning funding even though their negotiation process is not scheduled to begin until Aug.1. The TA wants public safety...

Border licensees get filing extension in 800 MHz rebanding process

WASHINGTON—The 800 MHz Transition Administrator is extending the deadline to Aug. 14 for licensees in the border regions to file requests for planning funding. The original deadline was last Saturday. The issue of planning funding has been bubbling under the surface of the 800...

800 MHz Transition Administrator extends planning funding deadline to Aug. 14

WASHINGTON—The 800 MHz Transition Administrator said late Wednesday it was extending the deadline to Aug. 14 for licensees in the border regions to file requests for planning funding. The original deadline was Saturday. The issue of planning funding has been bubbling under the surface...

800 MHz TA releases fast-track details

WASHINGTON-The 800 MHz Transition Administrator released details and a new electronic worksheet about its Planning Funding Fast Track Option, announced last month. Public-safety agencies' requests must meet specific criteria to take advantage of the new process. The agencies' requests must equal less than $55...

800 MHz Transition Administrator releases details of Fast Track Option

WASHINGTON—The 800 MHz Transition Administrator released details and a new electronic worksheet about its Planning Funding Fast Track Option, which it announced last month. Public-safety agencies’ requests must meet specific criteria to take advantage of the new process. The agencies’ requests must equal less...

800 MHz TA chastises equipment makers for failing to ease transition

WASHINGTON-The 800 MHz Transition Administrator warned that vendors supplying equipment for companies moving off the 800 MHz band need to proactively prepare for their clients' needs as the reconfiguration process goes forward. Companies like Motorola Inc., Kenwood and M/A Com supply products to the...

Public safety given fast-track option for 800 MHz retuning

WASHINGTON-Public-safety agencies with a request for 800 MHz retuning planning funding that equals less than $55 per subscriber can take advantage of a new fast-track process announced last week by Sprint Nextel Corp., the 800 MHz Transition Administrator and public-safety representatives. The issue of...

800 MHz TA reports costs nearing $30M

WASHINGTON-The team designated to manage the 800 MHz band reconfiguration necessary to solve public-safety interference reported that it has billed nearly $30 million since it was chosen in the fall of 2004, but that fees and expenses for the fourth quarter of 2005 were...

800 MHz TA reports costs nearing $30M

WASHINGTON—The team designated by the Federal Communications Commission to manage the reconfiguration of the 800 MHz band necessary to solve public-safety interference reported that it has billed nearly $30 million since it was chosen in the fall of 2004, and that fees and expenses...

Letters to Santa

Some text messages to Santa were sent to my phone by mistake. Someone somewhere is going to get into big trouble. Anyway, here's a sampling of what wireless executives are hoping for this holiday season.Dear Santa Claus,Please give some direction to the FCC's wireless...

Public-safety groups urge FCC to ignore Sprint Nextel’s request to delay rebanding deadlines

A handful of public-safety organizations, led by the Association of Public-safety Communications Officials, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the government agency to deny Sprint Nextel Corp.'s attempts to alter the start date of its 800 MHz rebanding efforts. In a...

Public-safety organizations urge FCC to deny 800 MHz rebanding delay

WASHINGTON-A handful of public-safety organizations, led by the Association of Public-safety Communications Officials, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging the government agency to deny Sprint Nextel Corp.'s attempts to alter the start date of its 800 MHz rebanding efforts. In a...

Sprint Nextel wants FCC to delay 800 MHz retuning

WASHINGTON-Sprint Nextel Corp. asked the Federal Communications Commission to delay the retuning process for the 800 MHz band, claiming that the slow start reported by the 800 MHz Transition Administrator is due to a steep learning curve exacerbated by things beyond Sprint Nextel's control....

Sprint Nextel wants FCC to delay 800 MHz retuning

By Heather Forsgren Weaver WASHINGTON-Sprint Nextel Corp. asked the Federal Communications Commission late Thursday to delay the retuning process for the 800 MHz band, claiming that the slow start reported by the 800 MHz Transition Administrator last month is due to a steep learning...

800 MHz rebanding off to slow start

WASHINGTON-The 800 MHz rebanding process may not be going as quickly as first hoped. The 800 MHz Transition Administrator recently told the Federal Communications Commission that there will be a significant number of incomplete agreements at the end of the negotiation process for Wave...

Transition Administrator issues cost guidance for 800 MHz plans

WASHINGTON-The 800 MHz Transition Administrator released information Wednesday on how Sprint Nextel Corp. should reimburse labor and other costs as part of the Federal Communications Commission's plan to solve public-safety interference in the 800 MHz band. The TA gave examples of hard vs. transactional...

First mandatory negotiations begin in 800 MHz transition

WASHINGTON-Mandatory negotiations between Sprint Nextel Corp. and the 800 MHz licensees it must pay to move as part of the Federal Communications Commission's rebanding process began last week for Wave 1 licensees in Chicago, the northeastern United States, Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and...

First mandatory negotiations begin in 800 MHz transition

WASHINGTON-Mandatory negotiations between Sprint Nextel Corp. and 800 MHz licensees it must pay to move as part of the Federal Communications Commission's rebanding process began Tuesday for Wave 1 licensees in Chicago, the northeastern United States, Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Colorado.Sprint Nextel...

800 MHz expansion, guard-band election forms can now be accepted

WASHINGTON-The 800 MHz band Transition Administrator began accepting elections for the expansion and guard bands, and advised public-safety groups on how they might stay in the expansion band.The transition administrator will be notifying public-safety licensees that have frequencies in the expansion band of their...

800 MHz rebanding to begin June 27

WASHINGTON-Nearly a year after the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to solve the public-safety interference problem in the 800 MHz band, the reconfiguration will begin June 27, said the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau late Friday.As of June 27, licensees will begin a three-month voluntary...

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