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FCC Seeks Comment on 800 MHz Wideband Operations

March 12, 2012

Articles

FCC Seeks Comment on 800 MHz Wideband Operations

March 12, 2012

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on allowing wireless service providers licensed in the 800 MHz Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio (ESMR) Service band to deploy wireless technologies that operate on channels greater than 25 kHz. Specifically, the FCC is proposing to allow ESMR licensees to exceed the 25 kHz channel spacing and bandwidth limitations currently set forth in Section 90.209 of the FCC’s rules subject to the following conditions:

  • The bandwidth and channel spacing limitations may be exceeded in the 813.5-824/858.5-869 MHz band in NPSPAC regions where all 800 MHz public safety licensees in the region have completed rebanding;

  • In NPSPAC regions where rebanding is incomplete, the channel spacing and bandwidth limitations can only be exceeded in the 813.5-821/858.5-866 MHz band;

  • ESMR licensees must provide at least 30 days written notice to: (i) public safety licensees with base stations in the NPSPAC region where wideband operations are to be deployed; and (ii) public safety licensees with base stations within 70 miles (113 km) of the affected NPSPAC region border.

The FCC is requesting comment on this proposal “and on the type and magnitude of any accompanying costs or benefits.” The FCC is encouraging commenters to explain any interference issues they claim may arise “with specificity” and to include any relevant supporting data.  It is also urging commenters to “describe in detail and to justify fully” any modification to the FCC’s proposed conditions or any additional conditions that commenters argue may be necessary, as well as to provide technical justifications and an identification of costs for any additional or alternative conditions.

Comments on the FCC’s proposal will be due 15 days after the NPRM has been published in the Federal Register (which has not yet occurred) and reply comments will be due 25 days after Federal Register publication.

A copy of the FCC’s NPRM is available here.

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