Mixed Comments Filed in NPSTC’s 900 MHz NPCS Request (1/26/10)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | Comments

Comments submitted in response to the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) request for public-safety use of 900 MHz spectrum for paging services were mixed.

Six public-safety agencies said two-way paging networks are essential for their communications and urged the FCC to adopt NPSTC’s recommendations to audit the 900 MHz narrowband PCS (NPCS) spectrum, recover unused or lightly used channels, and make channels available for public-safety use. However, seven groups, including commercial paging carriers and associations, said there isn’t enough evidence of public-safety need for the spectrum and that services are already available to provide public-safety paging communications.

Other filers asked the FCC to consider carefully NPSTC’s proposed changes for licenses in the 900 MHz NPCS spectrum, many of which were purchased at auctions. “There simply is no legal basis — nor should there be — for the FCC to cancel or modify a license that has satisfied all applicable requirements based on a desire to make the recovered spectrum available for some other communications purpose however laudable that purpose might be,” said the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) in its comments.

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