WTB Grants Coleman County Broadcasting, Inc. Waiver of EBS/BRS Rules

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The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has granted Coleman County Broadcasting, Inc.’s (CCB) request to opt out of the transition to the Commission’s new technical rules governing Broadband Radio Service (BRS) and the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) in the 2590-2600 MHz band.  CCB  is a wireless cable provider in Santa Anna, Texas, providing 10 video channels to approximately 300 customers using leased Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum. In 2004, the Commission developed a new band plan and technical rules that would permit new wireless services in the 2500-2690 MHz band.  The new band plan consisted of two low-power segments, the Lower Band Segment (LBS) and the Upper Band Segment (UBS), and a high-power segment, the Middle Band Segment (MBS).  The Commission established a plan to transition EBS and BRS licensees to their new channel locations in the LBS, UBS, or the MBS.  In the same decision, the Commission permitted a limited number of multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to seek waivers to opt out of the transition plan.  The waivers allow petitioning MVPDs to continue their high-power, high-site operations throughout the entire 2590-2600 MHz band.

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