“Poof” Go the Licenses

Posted on September 21, 2012


We are always looking for ways to use one of Jim’s favorite words, “poof.”  Today, we have the perfect use:

Effective this week, all non-renewed active or escrowed licenses have gone “poof.”  Frankly, many late-renewing licensees were lucky insofar as it took longer than we expected (and longer than MLCC led us to believe).  Per a conversation with MLCC staff, Licensing staff is no longer permitted to accept renewals unless there is a court order involving the license.  As we have noted before, the current Commission has further indicated that they will not reinstate a license – once it goes “poof,” it is gone forever.

What does this mean for you?

In all likelihood, if you have not renewed your license, you no longer have a license to renew.

On the other hand, if you are in the market for a license, and were previously unable to obtain a quota license, the terrain may have changed.  We recommend watching closely to see if any of the licenses in your LGU have been cancelled.  While you can watch the  license availability report for an available quota license, these reports are not frequently updated; therefore, it may be wiser to contact MLCC and inquire into quota license availability in your LGU.


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