FirstNet Asks FCC to Roll Out 700 MHz Equipment Authorization Process (8/9/13)
Friday, August 09, 2013 | Comments

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) asked the FCC to act quickly to amend its technical service rules to enable FirstNet to expedite the nationwide public-safety broadband deployment.

The comments were in a filing with the FCC from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on behalf of FirstNet.

FirstNet said the FCC should begin accepting and processing equipment authorizations in the newly combined spectrum quickly. “FirstNet concurs with the many commenters that urge the commission to expedite a process to certify equipment for the FirstNet spectrum license,” said the comments. “Even so, FirstNet notes that the equipment market will need to evolve once the architecture for the nationwide public-safety broadband network has been set.”

FirstNet also supported consolidating the technical requirements from the former D block in Part 90 of the commissions’ rules. FirstNet also said the FCC should retain the current 700 MHz guard band to enable the guard band to continue serving as a buffer between public-safety broadband and narrowband spectrum.

“As FirstNet develops its plans to offer mission-critical voice over Long Term Evolution (LTE), the commission retains statutory discretion to permit adjacent narrowband spectrum (769 – 775 MHz and 799 – 855 MHz) to be used for public-safety broadband communications,” the filing said. “FirstNet’s plans could necessitate a change in the status of the public-safety guard bands.”

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