February 22, 2013 | Comments
The FCC grated a waiver request, with conditions, by the state of New Jersey, Office of Information Technology to permit licensing of a deployable temporary 700 MHz trunked repeater system to operate on eight 12.5-kilohertz narrowband interoperability channels.

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February 22, 2013 | Comments
The FCC granted a petition for reconsideration filed in December 2012 by the state of Maine, Office of Information Technology of a notice of termination of its licenses under 17 call signs.

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February 11, 2013 | Comments
The FCC granted the Dane County, Wis., waiver request of the narrowbanding prohibition on the manufacture and import of wideband (25-kilohertz) capable equipment. Dane requested the waiver on behalf of its manufacturer, Harris, to allow Harris to sell it dual-band (25- and 12.5-kilohertz) radios.

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January 23, 2013 | Comments
Currently deployed public-safety technology establishes an environment that promotes stovepipes within each agency and barriers between agencies. Unique proprietary communications systems in various spectra make interoperability difficult and patch work at best. A common interoperable series of communications systems is not practical given the wide range of frequencies in use and various protocols implemented.

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January 17, 2013 | Comments
Land mobile frequency coordinators met with the FCC this week to discuss how to handle licenses for systems in the VHF and UHF band that didn’t comply with the Jan. 1, 2013, narrowband deadline. In late 2012, the frequency coordinators recommended to ignore these systems when coordinating the new systems after Feb. 1, 2013.

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January 14, 2013 | Comments
The FCC requested comment on a waiver request filed by the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) Joint Powers Authority to permit LA-RICS and its member public-safety entities to apply for licenses for the 700 MHz “narrowband reserve channels” and integrate those frequencies into the LA-RICS radio system.

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January 14, 2013 | Comments
Erie County, N.Y. selected Federal Engineering (FE) to provide consulting services regarding interoperable communications for the Erie County Department of Emergency Services.

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December 31, 2012 | Comments
Following are comments we’ve received from readers about recent online and print news and articles. If you’d like to comment on an article, email .   In response to “ ATIS, TIA to Develop Text-to-9-1-1 Standard ” from Dec. 18   Editor:   If Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions

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December 11, 2012 | Comments
  By Geoff Spring   During recent weeks the Australian government announced key decisions that will determine the strategic direction for public-safety communications used by Australia’s public-safety agencies (PSAs). Underpinning the announcements from three different sources is agreement in principle from Australian ministers for police and emergency management to commit

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November 27, 2012 | Comments
  By Sandra Wendelken, Editor   Los Angeles County is moving forward with a public-safety narrowband radio system procurement using both UHF T-band and 700 MHz spectrum with a goal of migrating the T-band users to 700 MHz spectrum over time. On Nov. 21, the FCC granted a waiver request

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