Deadline looms for comments on 700MHz waiver requests

In mid-August 2009 the FCC issued a “call for comments” about the dozen public safety entities that are petitioning the FCC for permission to build their own regional wireless broadband networks in 700 MHz. The opportunity for you to submit your comments on this matter to the FCC will terminate at the end of this week (on October 16, 2009).

All comments should reference PS Docket No. 06-229. The opportunity to submit replies to the statements filed prior to the October 16th deadline at the end of this week must do so before November 16, 2009. A brief summary of FCC’s instructions for sending your comments follows (the full text of the FCC’s instructions can be found here).

Statements may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS or the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Filers should follow the instructions provided on the website for submitting comments. For ECFS filers, in completing the transmittal screen, filers should include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the rulemaking number. Parties may also submit an electronic statement in support of or in opposition to the Petition and/or replies thereto by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail to and include the following words in the body of the message: “get form.” A sample form and directions will be sent in response.

If you file by mail you must submit an original and four copies of each filing, and all filings must be addressed to: Marlene H. Dortch, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554. Parties must also serve one copy with the Commission’s copy contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. (BCPI), Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554.

• Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
• U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554

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