Frequency Coordinators Work on Agreement for Coordinating 800 MHz Vacated Spectrum (11/12/13)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | Comments

In collaboration with the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC), the FCC’s certified frequency advisory committees are conducting a final review of a proposed memorandum of agreement (MOA) containing frequency coordination processes designed to resolve incidences of mutually exclusive applications in the 800 MHz expansion band and guard band (EB/GB).

One critical recommendation proposed within the MOA is an initial 30-day period of channel availability during which private carrier/SMR and private internal industry/business and public-safety systems would each have access to half of the available channels.

Once all participating frequency advisory committees execute the MOA, the MOA will be submitted to the FCC for its review and endorsement.

The MOA follows an April FCC ruling where the commission took two frequency coordinators to task for not resolving conflicts with two Florida cities’ applications for 800 MHz vacated spectrum before filing them.

In July, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) sent a letter to the FCC on applications for the 800 MHz EB/GB frequencies, including pre-coordination requirements in processing applications made available by 800 MHz National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) reconfiguration. EWA requested that the FCC resolve the matter quickly.

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