FCC Order on Reconsideration and FNRPM on Public Safety Narrowband Operations
The Commission published an Order on Reconsideration and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“FNPRM”) regarding the rules governing public safety narrowband operations in the 769-775/799-805 MHz bands. In October 2014, the Commission released a Report and Orderamending its Part 2 equipment rules to require that equipment manufacturers include a declaration of CAP compliance with any application for certification of equipment capable of operating on the 700 MHz interoperability channel.
The FNPRM seeks comment on the use of Vehicle Repeater Systems (VRS) on 700 MHz General Use and State License channels. Additionally, it seeks comment on required radio features to meet CAP requirements for interoperability, and whether to adopt all, some or certain additional recommended sets and capabilities. In the Order on Reconsideration, the Commission modifies certain proposals in response to requests and concerns filed by TIA, Motorola, APCO, and others. As a result, it amends Section 90.548(c) of the rules to require either CAP compliance, or an equivalent demonstration of compliance with the standards and evidence of interoperability across vendors, before marketing or sale of that equipment. The Commission clarifies that a state may either assume responsibility for air-ground channels itself or is permitted to delegate responsibility for approval. It also makes several corrections and amendments to its rules in the Report and Order, specifically sections: 90.535; 90.523; 90.209; and 90.210.
Comments on the FNPRM are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
Comments on the FNPRM are due 45 days after publication in the Federal Register.
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