3 Agencies Moving to 700/800 MHz Systems Get VHF/UHF Narrowbanding Relief (11/9/12)
Friday, November 09, 2012 | Comments

The FCC extended the VHF and UHF narrowbanding deadline for three public-safety entities that are all moving to 700/800 MHz public-safety networks.

The Regional Public Safety Partners in Pierce County, Wash., received a narrowbanding waiver until Dec. 31, 2014. Pierce County is transitioning 35 public-safety VHF/UHF licensees to a 700/800 MHz countywide trunked system.

In addition, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) received a one-year extension of the narrowbanding mandate until Dec. 31, 2013. PSP said the waiver will allow it to complete its ongoing narrowbanding process via migration to the 800 MHz PA-STARNET system, while allowing the existing VHF system to maintain interoperability without adversely affecting other licensees.

Pima County, Ariz., on behalf of members of the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network (PCWIN), received a wavier of the deadline until July 1, 2014. Pima is deploying a Project 25 (P25) 800 MHz public-safety voice radio network designed to combine the majority of the county’s radio resources into a single interoperable network.

The FCC said all three narrowbanding waivers were in the public interest.

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