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June 04, 2015 | Comments
The FCC granted waivers of section 90.529(b)(1) to Utah and North Carolina to permit late-filed interim substantial service showings for licenses for 700 MHz state channels. The commission’s rules required licensees on state channels to certify they were providing or prepared to provide substantial service to one-third of their population or territory by June 13, 2014.

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May 28, 2015 | Comments
The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC), an organization of mission-critical communications frequency coordinators, submitted to the FCC suggestions on how to coordinate 800 MHz mid-band interstitial channels.

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April 23, 2015 | Comments
The FCC approved a recommended set of six channels for use nationwide by 700 MHz deployable trunked systems. This channel set was recommended by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the National Regional Planning Council (NRPC).

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April 16, 2015 | Comments
In a public notice, the FCC informed owners and operators of certain vessels that they must upgrade to VHF radiotelephone equipment that includes digital selective calling (DSC) capability no later than Jan. 20, 2016. Fishing vessels and small passenger vessels must be equipped with a VHF radiotelephone installation, which must have DSC capability beginning one year after the United States Coast Guard (USCG) notifies the FCC that shore-based Sea Area A1 coverage has been established.

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April 13, 2015 | Comments
The FCC dismissed the applications filed by Spectrum Networks Group (SNG) and eight other entities for 896 – 901/935 – 940 MHz business/industrial/land transportation (B/ILT) pool channels at various locations, and denied a request filed by SNG for waiver of the FCC rule that prohibits SMR systems on 900 MHz B/ILT channels.

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March 27, 2015 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board extended the comment period by one week for the recently released second public notice related to state and territory opt-out of the radio access network (RAN). The decision was announced during FirstNet’s board meeting Wednesday.

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March 23, 2015 | Comments
The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is seeking comment on a request for waiver of Part 80 power limits for the county of Columbia, New York, LMR radio operations on maritime frequencies.

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March 23, 2015 | Comments
Research and Markets added a public-safety spectrum and systems report to its research offerings.The report, “Public Safety Spectrum & Systems: Which Pathways to Broadband PPDR Networks?” focuses on public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) usage worldwide, which is concentrated in a limited number of frequency bands.

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March 18, 2015 | Comments
Motorola Solutions announced a four-band, Wi-Fi-enabled APX Project 25 (P25) portable radio at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas. The APX 8000 features an adaptive audio engine and ultra-loud 1-watt (W) speaker for voice clarity.

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March 16, 2015 | Comments
Harris and the state of Maine Office of Information Technology announced the full deployment of the Project 25 (P25) VHF statewide digital radio system, Maine State Communications Network (MSCommNet).

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