FCC Seeks Comment on Illinois Water Company’s Request to Share Public-Safety Frequencies
Tuesday, February 02, 2021 | Comments

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) is seeking comment on a request by an Illinois water company to share public-safety frequencies.

The Illinois American Water Company (ILAW) asked for a waiver of the FCC’s rules to allow it to use frequencies reserved for public-safety entities, even though it is not a public-safety entity itself. Specifically, ILAW asked for waiver of the rules to allow it to share 800 MHz public-safety frequencies on the STARCOM21 network. ILAW also requested that it be deemed situationally eligible to use 700 MHz public-safety frequencies on the STARCOM21 network but only on a secondary and pre-emptible basis, limited strictly to emergency events involving preservation and safe delivery of water resources or removal of wastewater.

The STARCOM21 network provides communications services to public-safety and public sector agencies.

Comments on the request are due March 3, and reply comments are due March 18. Find the full notice here.

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On 2/3/21, Sidney Flynt said:
Any Public Safety-related disaster telecommunications operations I have been involved in always required effective interface with water resource operations. Similar frequency allocations greatly simplify equipment procurement installation and operations. Use of equipment in another remote band would be a nightmare Their request should be approved.


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