Reconsideration of the Rules and Policies for the 220-222 MHz Radio Service

OGC-98-57: Published: Jun 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 1998.


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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule clarifying two of its previous orders concerning the rules and policies for the 220-222 megahertz (MHz) radio service. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would: (a) eliminate the 220 MHz service spectrum efficiency standard; (b) allow existing 220 MHz licensees to make modifications to their authorizations so long as such modifications do not expand their 38 dBu service contour, and would allow such licensees to convert their site-by-site authorizations to a single license; (c) eliminate installment payment plans for small and very small businesses and increase the level of bidding credits; and (d) modify the rules to permit auction winners to make their final payments within 10 business days after the applicable deadline, provided that they also pay a late fee; and (2) FCC complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

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