NPSTC Questions 460 – 470 MHz Satellite Overlay in WRC Comments
Monday, November 13, 2017 | Comments

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) commented on World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) Advisory Committee draft recommendations regarding satellite overlay operations. The FCC's International Bureau sought comment on recommendations to be considered by the 2019 WRC and draft proposals provided by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

NPSTC addressed agenda item 1.3 involving potentially upgrading satellite overlay operations in the 460 – 470 MHz band from secondary to co-primary status with respect to terrestrial land-based operations. This proposal could potentially adversely impact land mobile operations in the band, including public-safety operations. NPSTC is concerned that the caveats and testing proposed by NTIA will become diminished through the overall WRC negotiation process.

NPSTC said satellite operations in the 460 – 470 MHz band should not be upgraded to coprimary status without credible and convincing evidence that land mobile operations in the band would not be impacted by the variety of satellite operations that could result. Also, any future U.S. testing should include the public-safety community.

WRC is held every three to four years, and the conference reviews and revises the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council, which takes into account recommendations made at previous WRCs. ITU is the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies.

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