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FCC Amends Rules for the 4.9 GHz Band

April 13, 2009

Articles

FCC Amends Rules for the 4.9 GHz Band

April 13, 2009

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in which it has revised its rules for the 4940 to 4990 MHz (4.9 GHz) band, and took other actions to facilitate the deployment of broadband communication technologies by public safety entities. The FCC also sought comment on a number of additional public safety-related rule changes.

In order to make the 4.9 GHz band more appealing for broadband operations, the revised 4.9 GHz rules take the following action:

  • Permit the licensing on a primary basis of permanent fixed point-to-point and point-to-multipoint stations that connect 4.9 GHz band base and mobile stations that are used to deliver broadband service (for such uses as supporting broadband communications at “hot-spots” and other fixed public safety broadband networks), as well as other public safety networks using spectrum designated for broadband use
  • Permit the licensing on a primary basis of stand-alone permanent fixed 4.9 GHz band links that are used to deliver broadband service (such as a fixed video surveillance link used to monitor high-risk facilities or environments)
  • Require the same output power measurement procedures for 4.9 GHz technology as those required for devices using digital modulation techniques
    In addition, the FCC decided to continue to permit paging operations on VHF public safety frequencies and to modify existing rules to clarify that cross-band repeaters are permitted for all public safety systems.

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