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REQUEST FOR EXTENDED IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD
KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company
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REQUEST FOR EXTENDED IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD
Pursuant to the provisions of section 90.629 of the Federal Communications Commission’s
Rules, KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company hereby requests approval of an
extended implementation period to allow adequate time to complete construction of the
subject licensed facilities that will be part of a wide-area trunked private land mobile radio
system. As explained herein, KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company is requesting
until December 31, 2014, to complete construction of the planned system.
Great Plains Energy Incorporated is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light
Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company (KCP&L-GMO). The utilities
operate under the brand name KCP&L and serve over 826,000 customers in 47 counties in
Missouri and Kansas – a service territory of approximately 18,000 square miles.
KCPL today is the product of the consolidation of several different electric utility companies
and their respective radio systems. Each radio system operates in a different band of
frequencies and some portions of the system are operating with aging technology, difficult to
maintain. In addition, operations in three different radio bands restrict interoperability and
impede communications between field personnel operating in hazardous environments.
B. KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company’s New Digital Radio System
To support its safe and reliable provision of electric service to the public, KCP&L Greater
Missouri Operations Company has obtained funding and commenced construction of a multisite, VHF digital trunked radio system. This system is part of the larger, Great Plains Energy
system. This system will utilize both Part 90 and Part 22 spectrum already acquired by GPE.
C. Construction Schedule
GPE is already well along in the implementation of this project. Part 22 spectrum has already
been acquired and supplemental Part 90 spectrum, including the subject licenses here, will
complete the system. Funding has been approved and some construction and test operation on
Part 22 channels has already been completed. The initial project schedule called for a four
year deployment. Recent funding and progress as allowed for the implementation to be
shortened, allowing for the operational benefits to be realized sooner. Construction has been
scheduled in three phases.
Phase I – Conversion of systems in the central areas including areas utilizing Part 22
spectrum - completion by the end of the third quarter of 2013. (Some of these areas will
have Part 22 spectrum operational early next year.) In addition to approximately 40 base
stations (repeaters), this phase will also include installation of all the new radio dispatch.
consoles and network control and monitoring computers at main and back-up dispatch
Phase II – Will include build out of systems in areas previously part of the Missouri
Public Service territory legacy radio system. This will include approximately 30 base
stations at ten sites and all the back haul network connections. This phase is scheduled for
completion by the second quarter of 2014.
Phase III – This phase will include more of the outlying areas and northern areas of the
GPE service territories (now part of KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company). It
will involve addressing collocation issues; more infrastructure and completion of some
back haul communication links and will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2014. This
phase will include 20 base stations at eight sites along with full operation of the subject
Part 90 licenses addressed in this application for extended implementation.
D. Justification for Extended Implementation Period
The KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company (and GPE systems) digital VHF trunked
radio system will support more than one thousand mobile and portable radio units operating
over an 18,000 square mile area. For a system this large, there are numerous physical
construction and network complexities that require additional time to fully implement. These
include completion of the digital back haul network to all the sites, and the installation, testing
and cut over of two large dispatch centers and all central control and monitoring equipment.
This work must be completed first (Phase I) and the central operations completed and cutover
(Phase II) before the last stage of the project, involving the subject licenses, are made fully
While the build out of the new VHF digital radio system will utilize a great deal of existing
infrastructure, including private microwave towers and fiber communication back-haul links,
some new facilities will be needed. In outlying areas of the system, including licenses subject
to this request, additional infrastructure will need to be rebuilt or added, including work at
sites requiring collocation and agreements with other entities. Because of the multiple entities
involved, and in some cases a requirement for new or modified facilities, completion of this
infrastructure will take additional time, estimated in our schedule above to be two years.
Due to the size, complexity and other factors, as described above, operation of the subject
licenses within the allowed 12 month construction period associated with a Part 90 license, as
required by section 90.155, would not be reasonable.
For all the foregoing reasons, KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company hereby requests
approval of the above proposed extended implementation plan, allowing the construction dead
line of these licenses to be authorized as December 31, 2014.
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