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May 20, 2020 | Comments
German critical communications association PMeV urged the German Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) to grant long-term use of the 410 – 430 MHz frequency range for narrowband trunked radio. The association said voice communications in TETRA networks remains an urgent need.

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May 19, 2020 | Comments
The FCC plans to vote on a proposal to spur the transition to Advanced Television Systems Committee 3.0 (ATSC 3.0), the next-generation standard for broadcast TV with several public-safety communications benefits. The declaratory ruling would clarify how long-standing television station ownership rules apply to the lease of spectrum to provide broadcast internet services.

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May 18, 2020 | Comments
CTIA officials discussed generally the most recent 9-1-1 Location Technologies Test Bed testing of 9-1-1 vertical (Z-axis) location technologies, Stage Za, in an FCC filing, but the full report is unavailable to the public.

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May 15, 2020 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reiterated his call for congressional repeal of the T-band auction mandate while also circulating a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would take the next statutorily required step to implement this mandate to his fellow commissioners.

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May 14, 2020 | Comments
In an order on reconsideration, the FCC modified its 2018 800 MHz interstitial rules to specify that applications for interstitial channels do not need to conduct a contour analysis if the distances in the commission’s co-channel spacing rules are met or exceeded. The updated rules also include a revised matrix submitted by the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) that uses contour values based on interference and not coverage to predict interference.

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May 14, 2020 | Comments
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) proposed optimizing and allocating the 850 MHz expansion band and 900 MHz band, using a market-based process in the fourth quarter of 2021, to facilitate the efficient allocation and use of these bands.

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May 14, 2020 | Comments
Anterix reached an agreement with Evergy to exchange frequencies in Evergy's Kansas and Missouri territories, pursuant to the FCC’s 900 MHz order allowing broadband services in the band for the first time.

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May 14, 2020 | Comments
As public-safety answering points (PSAPs) begin implementing text-to-9-1-1 capabilities, they run into the challenge of answering texts written in languages besides English.

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May 14, 2020 | Comments
The Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) is using geographic information systems (GIS) data to oversee public-safety operations and partner with the local community to find solutions to the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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May 13, 2020 | Comments
The FCC released the final report summarizing the Aug. 7, 2019, nationwide test of the emergency alert system (EAS) using only the broadcast-based distribution system, otherwise known as the daisy chain. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the FCC, conducted the test.

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