Alaska Railroad Gains 220 MHz Licenses for PTC System
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 | Comments

The FCC granted applications to partition and assign five nationwide 220 – 222 MHz band spectrum licenses from PTC-220 to the Alaska Railroad Corp. (ARRC) to enable ARRC to implement a positive train control (PTC) system in the state of Alaska.

The commission also granted certain related waiver requests and an extension of time, until Dec. 31, for ARRC to demonstrate substantial service for the partitioned licenses.

“We find that the contemplated spectrum assignment will serve the public interest in both passenger and freight rail safety because it will facilitate the deployment of a congressionally mandated PTC system, and thereby promote safety of life and property in the state of Alaska,” said an FCC letter. “We therefore consent to the assignment.”

PTC-220 acquired substantial spectrum in the 220 – 222 MHz band for enabling the deployment of PTC systems by its members and other railroads in the United States. Earlier this year, the FCC granted a waiver to PTC-220 of Section 90.729(b) (power and antenna height limits) and Section 90.723(f) (coordination requirements) of FCC rules to facilitate the deployment of PTC systems in the upper 1-megahertz segment (221 – 222 MHz) of the 220 MHz band. The FCC said PTC-220 must ensure that operations under the waiver do not cause harmful interference to operations of other 220 MHz band licensees.

The full letter for the ARRC applications and waivers is here.

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