FCC Approves 6 Channels for 700 MHz Deployable Trunked Systems
Thursday, April 23, 2015 | Comments

The FCC approved a recommended set of six channels for use nationwide by 700 MHz deployable trunked systems. This channel set was recommended by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the National Regional Planning Council (NRPC).

Last October, the FCC adopted a report and order that released the 24 narrowband reserve channels (12.5 kilohertz bandwidth) to the general use category under the administration of the 700 MHz regional planning committees (RPCs) for the benefit of state and local public-safety licensees.

In the order, the commission authorized the RPCs to assign up to eight former reserve channels for deployable trunked systems. The only exception was that it directed RPCs to offer priority access to all 24 former reserve channels to public-safety incumbents relocating from the T-band.

The FCC also encouraged NPSTC and the NRPC within three months to identify a discrete set of former reserve channels to support deployable trunked systems on a nationwide basis, which could be incorporated into regional plans.

In February, NPSTC and the NRPC recommended a set of six former reserve channels to be allocated nationwide for 700 MHz deployable systems. The recommended channels are listed here.

The FCC sought comment and no entity objected. RPCs can now incorporate these channels into their plans for deployable trunked systems, provided any region with a T-band market give priority to these channels, in that market, to any public-safety T-band incumbent seeking to relocate from the T-band.

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