APCO Report Offers Suggestions to Increase 4.9 GHz Band Use
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | Comments

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International 4.9 GHz task force submitted a report to the FCC that discusses how to increase public safety’s use of the band and to drive investment.

The APCO report suggests implementing frequency coordination in the band, similar to a National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) report filed two years ago.

The 4.9 GHz band is exclusive to public-safety users. Both reports recommend critical infrastructure industries (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 APCO report suggested a shared environment with CII that would give priority and pre-emption for public safety, along with a method for determining eligibility and coordination outside of the transitional frequency coordinators.

“To this end, the task force recommends a consideration of further efforts focused on how to build upon the ‘white space’ model and apply it to the 4.9 GHz arena to spur development by increasing the potential customer base, including within the CII segment,” the APCO report said.

The report also said the 4.9 GHz band should be used for air-to-ground and ground-to-air applications and robots. The FCC should also provide more options for rural deployments of 4.9 GHz systems by increasing the size of the antennas supporting 4.9 GHz operations, the report said.

The full report is here.

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