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Supporting Documents

Links to supporting documents for each of the following policy initiatives are provided below:


Promote Network Reliability & Interoperability
  • On June 27, 2003, Chairman Powell wrote Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Thomas J. Ridge, proposing the development and approval of a Memorandum of Understanding. The focus of the Memorandum would be a DHS/FCC collaborative effort to maximize communications infrastructure security.
    Memorandum of Understanding: Acrobat

  • Communications Industry Considers Measures to Ensure it Meets the Needs of Public Safety Community During Times of Crisis.
    News Release: Word | Acrobat

  • Communications Industry Considers Measures to Provide Service Continuity and Disaster Recovery in the Event of Attack.
    News Release: Word | Acrobat
    NRIC VI Accomplishments: Word | Acrobat

  • The Network Reliability and Interoperability Council will meet on March 14, 2003 to consider recommendations to facilitate service continuity and disaster recovery in the event of an attack on the nation's communications infrastructure. The Council will consider best practices for network restoration and disaster recovery/business continuity and receive progress reports from various focus groups, including a report on public safety.
    Public Notice | News Release

  • On December 6, 2002, the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council met to consider recommendations to protect and strengthen the nation's telecommunications infrastructure against terrorist attacks or national disasters. News Release  At the meeting, four reports were issued:


  • On September 13, 2002, the Communications Industry Adopts Measures to Improve Emergency Preparedness of nation's telecommunications service. News Release

  • On August 19, 2002, the Commission announced the appointment of Qwest Communications CEO Dick Notebaert as Chairman of the rechartered Network Reliability and Interoperability Council.

  • On Jan. 7, 2002, the Commission re-chartered the Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) to focus on lessons learned and existing vulnerabilities. NRIC Re-charter in PDF format.

  • In January, 2002, the Department of Justice and Department of the Treasury's Public Safety Wireless Network Program issued a report entitled: Answering The Call: Communications Lessons Learned From The Pentagon Attack. Report is available in PDF format.


Promote Media Security & Reliability

Partner with Federal, State & Local Entities
and With Industry to Ensure Network Protection & Reliability
  • Partnering Overview (PowerPoint)

  • On June 9, 2003, HSPC staff made a presentation before the Mid-America Regulatory Conference on the federal emergency telecommunications programs: telecommunications service priority, government emergency telecommunications service, and wireless priority service. Report in PowerPoint

  • On April 24, 2003, the Commission announced a joint FCC/NCS outreach program to secure priority restoration of telephone service for 9-1-1 centers. The Commission also announced it would act as the federal sponsor for 9-1-1 center priority restoration.
    News Release in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On June 18, 2003, HSPC staff made a presentation before the National Emergency Number Association on the telecommunications service priority program and the Commission's sponsorship of 9-1-1 centers.
    Report in PowerPoint

  • On Jan. 25, 2002, HSPC Director Marsha MacBride and HSPC bureau representatives met with the FCC's Local and State Government Advisory Committee to discuss homeland security-related matters (LSGAC web page)


Improve Public Safety by Addressing Spectrum Issues
  • On May 2, 2003, the Commission adopted an order transferring the 4.9 GHz band from government use. WT Docket No. 00-32.
    Order in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On February 12, 2003, the Commission adopted an order promoting spectrum efficient technologies on certain Part 90 frequencies. WT Docket No. 99-87.
    Order in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On January 3, 2003, the Commission's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau issued a notice seeking comment on the "Supplemental Comments of the Consensus Parties" regarding interference issues in the 800 MHz band. WT Docket No. 02-55.
    Public Notice in Word | Acrobat format.

  • Related Web Sites:

    Public Safety National Coordination Committee

    Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) Spectrum Audit

    700 MHz Public Safety Regional Planning

  • On November 15, 2002, the Commission requested comment on proposed amendments to its rules regarding dedicated short-range communication services in the 5.850 - 5.915 GHz Band (5.9 GHz Band) WT Docket No. 01-90, ET Docket No. 98-95, RM-9096.
    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On October 8, 2002, the Commission released a Report and Order authorizing land-based distress alerts called Personal Locator Beacons to operate in the 406 MHz band. WT Docket No. 99-366.
    Order in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On October 4, 2002, the Commission released an NRPM that would refine current 700 MHz rules for adjacent channel coupled power consistent with a TIA consensus recommendation. WT Docket No. 96-86.
    NPRM in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On September 19, 2002, the Commission released an NRPM that proposes to improve public safety frequency coordination in bands below 470 MHz by allowing competitive frequency coordination. WT Docket No. 02-285, RM-10077.
    NPRM in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On September 5, 2002, the Commission released "700 MHz Public Safety Band – Announcement of Updates of Interoperability Spectrum Administration Decisions." WT Docket No. 96-86.
    Public Notice in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On August 8, 2002, the Commission released "Public Safety 700 MHz Band - Interoperability Spectrum Announcement of Adminstration Decisions." WT Docket No. 96-86.
    Public Notice in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On July 30, 2002, the FCC's Public Safety and Private Wireless Division issued a document entitled "FCC Staff Report on NTIA's Study of Current and Future Spectrum Use by the Energy, Water and Railroad Industries." The Report was submitted to Congress pursuant to Public Law No. 106-553.
    Report Cover Pages in Word | Acrobat format.
    Report Body in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On July 12, 2002, the Commission released the Third MO&O in WT Docket 99-168, which established mandatory coordination zones near public safety base stations, within which commercial base station operators in the 746-764 and 776-794 MHz bands will be required to coordinate their operations with public safety licensees. FCC No. 02-204.
    Order in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On June 6, 2002, the Spectrum Policy Task Force issued a Public Notice seeking public comment on issues related to Commission’s spectrum policies, including spectrum for public safety. Public Notice in Word | Acrobat format.

  • On April 3, 2002, the Commission released a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting VoiceStream Wireless Corporation's request for a temporary waiver of the Priority Access Service Rules. WT Docket No. 01-333. News Release in Word or PDF format.  Commissioner Copps's statement in Word or PDF format.  Commissioner Martin's statement in Word or PDF format. Order in Word or PDF format.

  • On March 15, 2002, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that Explores Options and Alternatives for Improving the Spectrum Environment for Public Safety Operations in the 800 MHZ Band and Consolidating the 900 MHz Industrial/Land Transportaiton and Business Pool Channels. WT Docket No. 02-55. NPRM in Word or PDF format.

  • On March 14, 2002, the Commission released the Fourth Memorandum Opinion and Order: In the Matter of the Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirement for Meeting Federal, State and Local Public Safety Communications Requirements Through the Year 2010. It responded to petitions for reconsideration of the January 17, 2001 Fourth Report and Order in the same WT Docket No. 96-86. Order in Word or PDF format.

  • On March 14, 2002, the Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that Explores Options and Alternatives for Improving the Spectrum Environment for Public Safety Operations in the 800 MHz Band. News Release.  Statements: Abernathy | Copps | Martin.

  • On February 27, 2002, the Commission released a Second Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking allocating 50 megahertz of spectrum in the 4940-4990 MHZ band for fixed and mobile wireless services and designated the band for use in support of public safety. News Release.  Commissioner Abernathy's statement.  Order in Word or PDF format.

  • On February 14, 2002, the Commission adopted a First Report and Order that permits the marketing and operation of certain types of new products incorporating ultra-wideband ("UWB") technology. UWB technology holds great promise for a vast array of public safety applications. News Release.  Statements:  Copps | Martin

  • On February 14, 2002, WTB released a PN seeking comment on NITA's report on Current and Future Spectrum Use by the Energy, Water, and Railroad Industries. Comments are due March 6, 2002 and Replies March 18, 2002. (DA 02-361) The PN is available in Word or PDF format. The Federal Register notice, 67 FR 8982, of February 27, 2002 is available in PDF format.

  • On January 30, 2002, NTIA submitted a study to Congress of the current and future use of spectrum by entities that protect and maintain the nation's critical infrastructure. Within six months after the release of this study, the Chairman of the FCC shall submit a report to Congress on the actions that could be taken by the Commission to address any needs identified in the NTIA Administrator's study. [Public Law 106-553, Enacted December, 21, 2000, 114 Stat 2762.] The NTIA study is available in PDF or WordPerfect format.

  • Jan. 23, 2002 Report to Congress: Alternative Frequencies for Use by Public Safety Systems (138-144 MHZ Report) [Public Law 106-398, Enacted Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1654] This FCC Staff report was part of a joint submission to the Congress by the FCC and NTIA. The report is available in PDF format. See also the NTIA companion report.

  • Nov. 21, 2001 Nextel Communications, Inc. White Paper on Promoting Public Safety Communications: Realigning the 800 MHz Land Mobile Radio Band to Rectify Commercial Mobile Radio - Public Safety Interference and Allocate Additional Spectrum to Meet Critical Public Safety Needs, and related filings  (PDF ~  TEXT)
    White Paper Transmittal Letter:  (PDF ~ TEXT)
    White Paper Exhibit Presentation:  (PPT)
    Public Safety Support Letter:  (PDF)

  • Mar. 22, 2001 Corrected - Wireless Telecommunications Bureau seeks comment regarding Intelligent Transportation System applications using Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) (PDF)

  • Jan. 17, 2001, Fourth Report & Order and Fifth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: In the Matter of The Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Federal, State and Local Public Safety Communication Requirements Through the Year 2010. Adopted various technical and operational rules and policies regarding the use of frequencies in the764-776 MHz and 794-806 MHz bands designated for interoperability uses. (PDF)

  • May 11, 2000 NPRM: Ultra-Wideband Transmission (PDF)


Promote Enhanced 911
  • On April 3, 2002, the Commission released a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting VoiceStream a waiver of certain wireless priority access rules. WT Docket no. 01-333. Order in Word or PDF

  • October 31, 2002: Public Notice, clarifying that the 911 call forwarding rule does not preclude wireless carriers from blocking fraudulent 911 calls from non-service initialized phones pursuant to state and local law. (Public Notice / Commissioner Martin Statement)

  • October 29, 2002: letter to BellSouth providing the LEC with guidance about its allocation of costs to upgrade its automatic location information (ALI) database for purposes of deploying E911 Phase II Service. (Letter)

  • October 9, 2002: Commission enters $2,000,000 consent decree with AT&T Wireless for possible violations of the E-911 Phase II rules. (News Release / Order / Chairman's Statement)

  • June 18, 2002: Commission enters $100,000 consent decree with AT&T Wireless for possible violations of the E-911 Phase II rules. (News Release / Order)

  • May 9, 2002: Commission enters $100,000 consent decree with Cingular Wireless LLC for possible violations of the E-911 Phase II rules. (News Release / Order)

  • Commission orders setting Phase II compliance deadlines. (E911 web page)


Promote Wireless Priority Access
  • Nov. 28, 2001 Petition for waiver of Section 64.402 of Commission rules filed by VoiceStream Wireless in order to implement a priority access service (PDF)



last reviewed/updated on 4/4/05 


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