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FCC said station did not file a timely renewal application and operated without authority

WASHINGTON — An alleged license renewal mistake and unauthorized operation misstep tripped up an AM station in Texas to the tune of a $7,000 fine from Federal Communications Commission.

The Media Bureau found that station KMFR(AM) in Pearsall, Texas, apparently failed to file a timely license renewal application for the station and continued operating the station after its license and special temporary authority had expired.

The FCC said that licensee Rufus Resources LLC should have filed a license application renewal for the station on Sept. 26, 2016, which would have been four months prior to the station’s license expiration date. The licensee instead filed an STA request in February 2017 to remain on the air despite the expiration of its license.

In that STA request, the licensee said it has acquired the station in April 2015, and inadvertently lost sight of the exact date by which a license renewal application would be due.

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But the actual application for renewal was not filed until March 2017, and the licensee did not provide any explanation for why it was late or why it hadn’t been filed when the STA was filed in February 2017. Then, the licensee failed to request an extension on that STA before it expired in September 2017, the FCC said. The station continued to operate after that STA expiration.

The FCC notes that not only did the licensee fail to file a timely license renewal application, it continued operations for more than a month without authorization — and then continued operations again after its STA ran out.

As such, the FCC fined the licensee $3,000 for failing to file a required form and then an additional $4,000 for unauthorized operation.

However, the FCC did not find that any of these actions constitute serious violations. The licensee has 30 days from the date of the order to pay the fine.

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Atlanta, Dallas and Waco, Texas, will be among a dozen cities where the carrier will deploy 5G by the end of 2018

NEW YORK — AT&T said Atlanta, Dallas and Waco, Texas, will be among a dozen cities where the carrier will deploy 5G-based mobile services by the end of 2018.

AT&T plans to identify the other deployment markets in the coming months.

[Read more: “Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Little Rock Are Likely Early 5G Test Markets “]

AT&T reiterated that its mobile 5G deployment will be based on emerging 3GPP standards, holding that the offering will integrate with current LTE technologies using the non-standalone configuration outlined in 3GPP release 15. AT&T claims that the equipment being rolled out to its LTE network will enable a migration to 5G.

Additionally, AT&T’s mobile 5G rollout will operate over millimeter wave spectrum in some areas (it began to conduct 5G trials with millimeter wave spectrum in mid-2106), but also expects to provide mobile 5G using additional spectrum bands.

Given the limitations of millimeter wave spectrum (it needs almost perfect line-of-site and is susceptible to blockage from trees, foliage and buildings, for example) some mobile and wireless experts believe that 5G will need to run on a “dual-PHY” network that employs a fallback to sub-6 GHz spectrum.

Early on, as AT&T awaits handsets that support 5G to emerge, it will initially deploy 5G-based mobile services using a small router-like device that can connect other devices to the 5G network.

“Think of it as a puck,” Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman, president and CEO, said on the company’s Q4 call in late January. “The thing [that’s] going to cause 5G to go slow, more than anything else – it’s just avaialbity of handsets,” he said, adding that AT&T will be “pushing the vendors” to accelerate their work with 5G-ready handsets.

AT&T plans to add more 5G- capable mobile devices and smartphones by “early 2019.”

AT&T is also moving ahead with a software defined network deployment that, it says, will go “hand in hand” with 5G. AT&T said it hit its goal to have 55% of its network virtualized by end of 2017 and that the current plan is virtualize 75% by 2020.

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