LMCC Highlights Role of Frequency Advisory Committees as Representing Licensees Served (11/24/14)
Monday, November 24, 2014 | Comments

The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) said in a letter to the FCC that each certified frequency advisory committee (FAC) must be “representative” of the applicants and licensees that it serves.

LMCC said during the FCC’s review of requests from entities seeking to be FACs that one of the fundamental requirements for receiving FCC-certification is that the FAC is to be overseen by and responsible to licensees for whom frequency coordination services are provided. This requires, in the opinion of the LMCC, that a FAC “… have a representative governance structure that directly oversees the development and implementation of all FAC-related policies and procedures.”

The LMCC said that those “serving in that capacity should be appointed or elected by their peers, and not chosen by the very FAC staff whose activities they are to oversee.”

“Whether those activities are performed entirely by FAC employees or contracted to others, the FAC governing body must be accountable for ensuring that the commission’s standards for representativeness, non-discrimination, technical expertise, and nationwide coordination capability are fully satisfied,” the letter said. “FCC certification of any entity that does not have an independent governance structure would undermine the credibility of the entire frequency coordination process upon which the Part 90 spectrum is made available.”

In September, the FCC requested comment on a request from ACD Telecom to be certified as a Part 90 frequency coordinator of public-safety frequencies in the VHF and UHF bands below 512 MHz, the 700 MHz narrowband frequencies and the 800 MHz public-safety frequencies, including the National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) bands.

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