FCC Terminates 800 MHz Rebanding Program
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | Comments

The FCC approved an order that completes its 800 MHz rebanding program at its April 22 meeting.

Early this month, the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) filed a report telling the commission that aside from two exceptions, all licensees in the band had completed reconfiguration of their systems.

“We have reviewed the transition administrator’s requests and conclude that the transition administrator has completed all requirements necessary to terminate the program, consistent with our rules,” the FCC’s order said.

In the order, the FCC directed the administrator to take any actions needed to fully terminate the reconfiguration program. The FCC determined that the two outstanding licensees still requiring reconfiguration can be addressed outside of the rebanding program.

Find the full order here.

Would you like to comment on this story? Find our comments system below. FCC Approves Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Improving 9-1-1 Reliability The FCC approved a third notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on ways to improve 9-1-1 reliability.

The rules proposed in the NPRM would ensure that 9-1-1 call centers and the public receive timely and useful notifications of network disruptions that affect 9-1-1 service. These notifications will help 9-1-1 call centers maintain emergency services and inform the public when to use alternatives to call 9-1-1.

One of the ways the commission oversees the integrity of 9-1-1 communications infrastructure is by requiring service providers to report network outages to both the commission and 9-1-1 call centers. At present, the commission has different outage notification rules for providers that serve 9-1-1 call centers (covered 911 service providers) and the wireless, wireline and VoIP providers that individuals use to call 9-1-1 (originating service providers).

In the NPRM, the commission proposed improving the framework for reporting network outages that potentially affect 9-1-1 service and harmonize many of the requirements, including the timeframe, means and frequency of providing notification. The proposed rules would standardize the type of information conveyed in the notifications and ensure that it is clear and actionable.

The proposed rules would also require service providers to maintain accurate contact information for 9-1-1 call centers. In addition, the proposed rules would require service providers to notify potentially affected customers when 9-1-1 is unavailable by providing information on their websites and Internet-related applications, such as their mobile apps, within 60 minutes of discovering an outage affecting 9-1-1 service has occurred.

“NENA applauds the FCC’s adoption of the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comments on improving wireless-network and 9-1-1-service outage reporting,” Dan Henry, regulatory counsel and director of government affairs for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA). “Every day, 9-1-1 centers serve as the vital link between those in crisis and the help they need. As such, it is essential that 9-1-1 centers are made aware of outages as quickly as possible to mitigate downtime and/or implement contingency plans to ensure that no call for help ever goes unanswered.”

Find the full order NPRM here.

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