Pennsylvania, FirstEnergy Get Waiver to Add VHF Channels to Joint System
Monday, March 23, 2020 | Comments

The FCC addressed a petition for waiver request filed by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and FirstEnergy.

In 1999, the commission granted a waiver allowing Pennsylvania and First Energy’s predecessor to jointly operate a statewide 800 MHz public-safety/power radio service system on a non-profit, cost-shared basis. In the instant request, Pennsylvania and FirstEnergy asked the FCC to allow them to add VHF channels to the joint system.

In the alternative, petitioners requested that the 1999 waiver be amended or that a new waiver be granted to permit adding the VHF channels. The FCC granted a new waiver allowing the addition of VHF channels to the statewide system.

The commission declined the petitioners’ request to interpret the 1999 order to allow shared use of VHF channels. The initiating waiver request that led to the 1999 order was limited to 800 MHz channels and did not seek use of VHF channels or channels in any other band.

However, the FCC concluded that the alternative waiver request has merit. In addition, FirstEnergy proposed to contribute 38 Part 22 VHF channels to the shared system and suggested no waiver is required for shared use of Part 22 channels. The FCC agreed.

The full order and list of frequencies and call signs is here.

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