APCO Releases Technical Bulletin on Steps to Prepare for Potential 6 GHz Interference
Tuesday, September 06, 2022 | Comments

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International issued a technical bulletin for public-safety microwave operators in the 6 GHz band. The bulletin suggests that agencies conduct baseline measurements in anticipation of interference from new unlicensed devices.

In 2020, the FCC adopted rules that allowed unlicensed use in the 6 GHz band. The approval came despite concerns from public safety and other organizations that unlicensed use of the band could interfere with critical communications links.

The technical bulletin advises public-safety agencies of the importance of documenting current performance in the event of suspected interference. APCO said that the FCC did not anticipate the need for baseline assessments and related costs and service impacts.

“While APCO will continue its advocacy on this problem with the FCC, we felt it necessary to alert public-safety agencies of the need to conduct baseline measurements as soon as possible, as unlicensed devices are already publicly available and could be impacting 6 GHz systems,” APCO said.

Find the full bulletin here.

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