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Standard Channel Nomenclature for the Public Safety Interoperability Channels

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The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Interoperability Committee Channel Naming Working Group developed the content of this American National Standard. The APCO Standards Development Committee facilitated it through the APCO ANS process and it was approved by ANSI on June 9, 2010. To download FAQ, click here.

Brief Description: 
Standard nomenclature for FCC and NTIA-designated nationwide interoperability channels used for public safety voice communications. The public safety community uses spectrum allocated by the FCC and NTIA in multiple bands that is replete with interoperability channels. It is necessary to develop and employ a common set of channel names so that all responders to an incident know which channel to tune their radios to, as well as the band and primary use for the channel.


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