New York Department Gets Public-Safety Network Extension
Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Comments

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department (MTAPD) is constructing the Metropolitan Regional Radio System (MRRS), a 700 MHz public-safety narrowband network to support transit police operations on MTA facilities in the New York metropolitan area. The commission granted MTAPD a five-year extended construction period to construct the system, which ended Dec. 31, 2017. MTAPD Dec. 12, 2017, submitted an instant request to extend the construction period by an additional two years through Dec. 31, 2019.

The FCC granted MTAPD’s requested extension date of Dec. 31, 2019.

“We see no evidence of spectrum warehousing here,” an FCC order said. “MTAPD has shown substantial progress in implementing the MRRS and demonstrated that it has the financing necessary to complete this complex and sprawling system.

“MRRS is a complex system serving a dense urban environment. Denying MTAPD’s request would place an undue burden on MTAPD, would afford MTAPD with no reasonable alternative to complete its system and would be contrary to the public interest.”

The full order is here.

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