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Use of the 220-222 MHz Band by the Private Land Mobile Radio Service Regarding Geographic Partitioning and Spectrum Disaggregation

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This document disposes of two Petitions for Reconsideration of the Fifth Report and Order in this docket, in which the Commission adopted geographic partitioning and spectrum disaggregation rules for the 220-222 MHz service. This document dismisses as moot Rand McNally & Company's (RMC's) Petition for Reconsideration to remove the references to Major Trading Areas (MTAs) and Basic Trading Areas (BTAs) in the 220 MHz partitioning rules. This document also grants in part Intek's Petition for Reconsideration by clarifying that the options afforded to 220 MHz service licensees for satisfying the Commission's construction requirements in cases of partitioning and disaggregation, and the consequences of not satisfying such requirements, exactly mirror the options and consequences for partitioning and disaggregation imposed on broadband personal communications service (PCS) licensees. In all other respects, Intek's Petition for Reconsideration is denied. Finally, this document amends the construction requirements of the Commission's rules for licensing and use of frequencies in the 220-222 MHz band to restore language that was inadvertently deleted in an earlier order specifying the consequences of failure to construct by parties to a disaggregation agreement. The Commission's goals in taking these actions are to promote more efficient use of the spectrum, increase opportunities for a variety of entities to participate in the provision of 220 MHz service, and expedite delivery of 220 MHz service to unserved areas.

DATES:

Effective August 28, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jeffrey Steinberg, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at (202) 418-0896.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This document addresses implementing Congress' goal of giving small businesses, as well as other entities, who lack the financial resources for participation in auctions, the opportunity to participate in the provision of spectrum-based services. Also, this document is consistent with the Communications Act's mandate to identify and eliminate market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the provisions and ownership of telecommunications services. This document also clarifies aspects of the construction requirements for 220 MHz licensees as set out in the Commission's rules, as well as, disposes of two Petitions for Reconsideration of the Fifth Report and Order, 63 FR 49291 (September 15, 1998).

2. This Memorandum Opinion and Order was released on May 30, 2000, and is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Center, 445 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC. The complete text may be purchased from the Commission's copy contractor, International Transcription Service, Inc., 1231 20th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20036 / (202) 857-3800. This Memorandum Opinion and Order is also available via the Internet at http://www.fcc.gov/​Bureaus/​Wireless/​Orders/​2000/​.

Supplemental Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification

3. The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as amended,[1] requires that a final regulatory flexibility analysis be prepared for notice-and-comment rulemaking proceedings, unless the agency certifies that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.[2] We certify that the rule change adopted in this Memorandum Opinion and Order will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because it does not effect any substantive policy change, but only restores language that was previously inadvertently deleted from the Commission's rules.

A. Report to Congress

4. The Commission will send a copy of this Memorandum Opinion and Order, including a copy of the Supplemental Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification, in a report to Congress pursuant to SBREFA, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A). In addition, the Memorandum Opinion and Order and this certification will be sent to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration, and will be published in the Federal Register. See 5 U.S.C. 605(b).

B. Ordering Clauses

5. Pursuant to section 4(i) of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), and section 1.108 of the Commission's rules, the Memorandum Opinion and Order in this proceeding released on March 29, 2000, FCC 00-102, IS VACATED.

6. Pursuant to sections 4(i), 303(g), 303(r), 332(a)(2), and 405 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 303(g), 303(r), 332(a)(2), and 405, the Petition for Reconsideration filed by Rand McNally & Company on October 13, 1998, is dismissed, and the Petition for Reconsideration filed on October 15, 1998, by Intek Global Corporation IS GRANTED to the extent stated herein and otherwise denied.

7. The rule adopted shall become effective August 28, 2000. This action is taken pursuant to sections 4(i) and 303(r) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 303(r).

8. The Commission's Consumer Information Bureau, Reference Information Center, shall send a copy of this Memorandum Opinion and Order, including the Supplemental Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification, to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration.

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List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 90

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Federal Communications Commission.

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Magalie Roman Salas,

Secretary.

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Rule Changes

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications

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PART 90—PRIVATE LAND MOBILE RADIO SERVICES

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1. The authority citation for part 90 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Sections 4(i), 11, 303(g), 303(r), 332(c)(7) of the Commissions Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 161, 303(g), 303(r), 332(c)(7).

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2. Section 90.1019 is amended by revising paragraph (d)(2) to read as follows:

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Eligibility for partitioned licenses.
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(2) Requirements for disaggregation. Parties seeking authority to disaggregate spectrum must certify in FCC Form 601 which of the parties will be responsible for meeting the five-year and ten-year construction requirements for the particular market as set forth in §§ 90.767 or 90.769, as applicable. Parties may agree to share responsibility for meeting the construction requirements. If one party accepts responsibility for meeting the construction requirements and later fails to do so, then its license will cancel automatically without further Commission action. If both parties accept responsibility for meeting the construction requirements and later fail to do so, then both their licenses will cancel automatically without further Commission action.

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Footnotes

1.  The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, see 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., has been amended by the Contract With America Advancement Act of 1996, Public Law 104-121, 110 Stat. 847 (1996) (CWAAA). Title II of the CWAAA is the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA).

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[FR Doc. 00-16187 Filed 6-26-00; 8:45 am]

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