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6 GHz

Public safety agencies extensively use the 6 GHz band for mission critical systems that support operational needs such as dispatching first responders and maintaining land mobile radio communications during incidents. In recent years, the Federal Communications Commission conducted a rulemaking proceeding to allow large numbers of unlicensed devices such as Wi-Fi routers to share the spectrum in this band. APCO has advocated that such sharing should only occur if appropriate measures are in place to effectively prevent, identify and eliminate interference to public safety’s systems.

Below are materials to help you learn about the Commission’s proceeding and APCO’s concerns.

October 23, 2018 FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Expand Unlicensed Use of 6 GHz
February 15, 2019 APCO Comments
April 10, 2020 APCO Letter to FCC Expressing Concern Over Draft Rules
April 23, 2020 FCC Order to Expand Unlicensed Use of 6 GHz
May 28, 2020 APCO files a Petition for Reconsideration and Petition for Stay
May 28, 2020 TableTopX Blog post describing the issues: New FCC Spectrum Rules Put Public Safety Communications at Risk
July 17, 2020 APCO Letter to FCC Expressing Concern Over Multi-Stakeholder Group
July 24, 2020 APCO Withdraws Petition for Reconsideration
July 24, 2020 APCO Files Petition for Review at D.C. Circuit
August 10, 2020 APCO Reply to Oppositions to the Petitions for Reconsideration
August 13, 2020 FCC Order Denying Petitions for Stay
August 21, 2020 APCO, UTC, EEI, etc.: Open Letter on Baseline Principles for Multi-Stakeholder Group
August 24, 2020 APCO, IAFC, NPSTC, UTC, etc.: Open Letter on 6 GHz Multi-Stakeholder Group
September 4, 2020 Emergency Motion for Stay of the 6 GHz Order