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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FCC EXPLORES OPTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES FOR IMPROVING THE SPECTRUM ENVIRONMENT FOR PUBLIC SAFETY OPERATIONS IN THE 800 MHZ BAND
Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has adopted a Notice of
Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to explore ways to improve the spectrum environment for public safety
operations in the 800 MHz band. In the NPRM, the Commission stated that increasing levels of harmful
interference to public safety communications in the 800 MHz band must be remedied. The NPRM seeks
comment on all available options and alternatives. This action supports one of the Commission's key
goals of ensuring public safety agencies have access to adequate spectrum to support their critical
The Commission has long recognized that the nation's public safety agencies require effective radio communications systems free of harmful interference if they are to adequately protect the safety of lives and property. One of the important bands that the Commission has made available for public safety communications is at 800 MHz, which was first designated for public safety use in 1980. In the ensuing years, public safety agencies have been implementing new systems in this band; but, recently, these systems have been subjected to increasing incidents of harmful interference from neighboring commercial providers. Recent industry and public safety reports have documented the interference problems in the 800 MHz band. The issue of interference in this spectrum has also been raised in a White Paper submitted to the Commission by Nextel Communications, Inc.
Specifics of the NPRM:
In the adopted NPRM the Commission solicits comment on how best to remedy interference to 800 MHz public safety systems consistent with minimum disruption to our existing licensing structure and assurance of sufficient spectrum for critical public safety communications. The FCC also seeks comment on a Petition for Rule Making filed by the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) seeking amendment of Section 90.621 of the Commission's Rules. Finally, by incorporating the record in WT Docket No. 99-87, which deals with matters related to the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the Commission requests comment on the terms and conditions of licenses in the 900 MHz land mobile band if it is used to relocate displaced licensees.
The Commission noted its primary objective in this proceeding is to explore all available options and alternatives for improving the spectrum environment for public safety operations in the 800 MHz Band. Specifically, the adopted NPRM takes the following actions:
FCC Contact: Michael Wilhelm at (202) 418-0870 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
WT Docket No. 02-55