NPSTC Makes 4.9 GHz Recommendations in Report to FCC (10/29/13)
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | Comments

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) filed a report on the 4.9 GHz band with the FCC with several recommended changes to the spectrum.

The council recommended channels 1 through 5 could be used for air-to-ground and robotic use. Channels 6 and 7 are designated for shared public-safety critical industry infrastructure (CII) use. Channels 14 through 18 would be available for point-to-point use as 1-megahertz bandwidth channels to support narrowband backhaul on a primary basis.

“We recommend primary status for two reasons,” said the report. “First these backhaul links typically support mission-critical voice traffic that normally operates with primary status on public-safety LMR spectrum. Second, with the recommendation to implement frequency coordination … there is no need for secondary status for this use.”

There is currently no coordination at 4.9 GHz. NPSTC proposed all applications go through the frequency coordination process. The council also recommended that 700 MHz regional planning committees be allowed to file amended regional plans specific to 4.9 GHz to reflect regional considerations.

The group also suggested CII have access to license two 5-megahertz wide channels on a shared co-primary basis with pubic-safety agencies. CII entities may also license the other channels but only with a 30-calendar day notice period.

The full report is on the NPSTC website at

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