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Maryland County Can Expand TIS System

Wins OK for waiver to field strength rules

A county in Maryland has won conditional approval for a waiver of field strength rules that will allow it to expand its TIS system.

Howard County, in a populous area between Baltimore and Washington, asked the FCC to let it add two sites under an existing license for a Traveler’s Information Station.

The county government argued for easing the rules in this case because the planned additions would not hurt other stations and because the system would serve the public interest. “The county maintains that unique or unusual circumstances support waiver relief because of its proximity to potential terrorist targets in Washington, D.C. and Fort Meade, Md.,” among other arguments, according to the FCC summary.

Read the case here.