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Great news for Educational Broadband Service (EBS) license holders, the Federal Communications Commission has granted an extension to file showings of Substantial Service for EBS license holders. On March 21, 2011 the FCC adopted a memorandum and order that concludes, “we waive the requirements for licensees to individually file extension requests. We also extend the deadline for all EBS licensees to demonstrate substantial service to November 1, 2011” http://www.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2011/db0322/DA-11-532A1.pdf. BRS licensees are still required to show service prior to May 1, 2011.

EBS licenses are very valuable. Even if an EBS licensee has not been able to lease the allowed percentage of the license yet, this spectrum is ever increasing in value as the demand for broadband services increases. The very ambitious National Broadband Plan makes it clear that spectrum shortage is a serious issue. It should be obvious that every EBS license has the potential to be a tremendous asset to any educational institution. As our world demands more information availability on an instantaneous basis, our educational institutions cannot afford to lose the rights to this critical spectrum. Don’t pass up this opportunity to preserve your license; it will serve your institution financially and technologically.

• If you have not leased your spectrum you must establish at least the minimum service to qualify for a showing of Substantial Service.

• As stewards of education in our great nation, using your spectrum to further your educational mission is a worthy goal for any institution with an EBS license. The mere use of this spectrum can be a demonstration to your students of great things to come.

LBA offers complete start to finish Safe Harbor services for EBS licensees. LBA determines what the licensee’s Substantial Service requirements are and provides a complete solution right down to the installation. We then work with the licensee’s attorney or representative to prepare the documentation to be filed with the FCC for the showing of Substantial Services.

LBA’s Safe Harbor service to help educators establish Substantial Service is straight forward and provides very useful technology for your educational mission. In many cases one or a few point to point links is all it takes. However, the procedures used must be carefully designed and implemented to comply with FCC rules. We will work with you to provide a service that not only satisfies the letter of the law but provides needed service and technology to your institution.

We have successfully helped more than 20 BRS licensees establish Safe Harbor Substantial Services and we are prepared to immediately help educators keep their valuable EBS licenses. Don’t let yours slip away!

LBA offers many years of experience and full engineering services in support of EBS, BRS, and wireless systems.  Find out more about EBS / BRS Safe Harbors.

About The Author

LBA Group, Inc. has 50 years of experience in providing RF asset solutions and risk management for industrial and telecommunications infrastructure assets. The company is comprised of LBA Technology, a leading manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, lightning protection, and EMC equipment for broadcast, industrial, and government users worldwide; the professional engineering consultancy Lawrence Behr Associates, and LBA University, providing on-site and online professional training. The companies are based in Greenville, N.C., USA.

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