700 MHz Public Safety Band
In July 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revised the 700 MHz band plan and service rules to promote the creation of a nationwide interoperable broadband network for public safety and to facilitate the availability of new and innovative wireless broadband services for consumers. The Commission designated the lower half of the 700 MHz Public Safety Band (763-768/793-798 MHz) for broadband communications. The Commission also consolidated existing narrowband allocations to the upper half of the 700 MHz Public Safety block (769-775/799-805 MHz). Further, in order to minimize interference between broadband and narrowband operations, the Commission adopted a one megahertz guard band (768-769/798-799 MHz) between the public safety broadband and narrowband segments. Finally, the Commission established a single nationwide license – the Public Safety Broadband License – for the 700 MHz public safety broadband spectrum.
A key element of the 700 MHz public safety spectrum is the establishment of a framework for a 700 MHz Public Safety/Private Partnership between the licensee for one of the commercial spectrum blocks and the licensee for the public safety broadband spectrum. Click here for a complete overview of the Public Safety/Private Partnership.
The two narrowband segments are 769-775 MHz (Channels 1-960) for base operations and 799-805 MHz (Channels 961-1920) for mobile operations. Each narrowband segment is divided into 960 channels, with each channel having a size of 6.25 kHz.