FCC Approves 1 of Several Waiver Requests for Part 90 Stations on UHF Spectrum
Thursday, August 25, 2016 | Comments

The FCC approved only one of several wavier requests to permit Part 90 private land mobile radio (PLMR) stations on frequency pairs 451/456.003125 MHz, 451/456.009375 MHz, 451/456.015625 MHz, 462/467.5375 MHz and 462/467.7375 MHz, which are not designated for Part 90 use. The commission granted only a waiver request for frequency pair 462/467.5375 MHz.

J-Comm asked to operate on one denied frequency pair at six locations in Utah, and Peak Wireless Services (PWS) asked to operate on four frequency pairs at six locations in Utah. Emergency Radio Services (ERS) asked to operate on one of the denied frequency pairs at one location in Indiana, and Terry Cameron asked to operate on two of the denied frequency pairs at three locations in Texas.

The requested frequencies are allocated for land mobile operations, but are not designated for use on a primary basis by the industrial/business (I/B) pool or any other FCC service.

Frequencies 451.00375 MHz, 451.009375 MHz and 451.015625 MHz, as well as their paired frequencies are between Part 74 Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) frequencies and I/B pool frequencies. Frequencies 462.5375 MHz and 462.7375 MHz, as well as their paired frequencies, are between I/B pool frequencies and Part 95 General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) frequencies.

The commission proposed to designate frequency pairs 462/467.5375 MHz and 462/467.7375 MHz as assignable Part 90 channels but sought specific comment on whether to designate frequency pair 462/467.7375 MHz to keep adjacent frequency pair 462/467.750 MHz, which still may be assigned with a 25-kilohertz bandwidth, available for wideband operations.

Consequently, the FCC concluded that granting a waiver for frequency pair 462/467.7375 MHz would undermine the ongoing rulemaking proceeding, which would not further the public interest.

Thus, the commission granted PWS’s waiver request only for frequency pair 462/467.5375 MHz and will process its application accordingly.

The full order is here.

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