FCC Dismisses NPSTC, APCO Petitions on UHF T-Band Spectrum (4/26/12)
The FCC dismissed petitions for rulemaking asking the commission to amend its rules addressing the 470 – 512 MHz band from two public-safety groups.
Subpart L of Part 90 of the rules sets forth a “special sharing plan” by which land mobile stations are authorized to operate in the 470 – 512 MHz band in 13 specified urbanized areas by geographically sharing the band with broadcast television stations.
A petition from the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) asked the FCC to amend its rules to provide additional flexibility for land mobile users in the UHF T-band. The commission placed the NPSTC petition on public notice in 2009, but has not otherwise acted on NPSTC’s request.
An Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International petition asked the FCC to update the list of television stations on channels 14 – 20 that land mobile applicants for 470 – 512 MHz operations must analyze to comply with the FCC’s interference protection requirements. The commission took no previous action on APCO’s request.
In light of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which mandates the T-band to be auctioned within nine years, the FCC said it would be imprudent to further consider the NPSTC or APCO petitions as filed.
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