4.9 GHz

Preserve the 4.9 GHz Band for Public Safety

The 4.9 GHz band is used by public safety to support localized, bandwidth-intensive applications for mission-critical uses. Eligibility to use the 4.9 GHz band is limited to public safety entities and communications on the band must relate to the protection of life, health, or property. In recent years, the Federal Communications Commission conducted a rulemaking proceeding to propose action to promote more flexible and intensive use of the 4.9 GHz band.

News

APCO Applauds FCC Action on 4.9 GHz Public Safety Spectrum

Today the Federal Communications Commission adopted an order staying – or suspending – provisions of its rules for the 4.9 GHz spectrum band that would permit licensing of the spectrum for commercial purposes

May 27, 2021

Divided FCC Strips Needed Spectrum from Public Safety

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a 3-2 vote, adopted an order that strips the 4.9 GHz band from public safety use. The majority, consisting of Chairman Pai and Commissioners O’Rielly and Carr, took this action against the wishes of a multitude of national public safety associations.

September 30, 2020

Governmental Proceedings

2021
October 21, 2021 Modification of Temporary Filing Freeze on 4.9 GHz (DA 21-1320)
February 16, 2021 Ex Parte: Meeting with PSHSB on Open Public Safety Proceedings (2021) (ET 04-35, 18-295; GN 17-183; PS 07-114, 11-60, 13-75, 15-80, 15-91, 15-94; WP 07-100)
January 13, 2021 Comments: 4.9 GHz (Seventh FNPRM) (WP 07-100)
2020
December 29, 2020 APCO Petition for Reconsideration of 4.9 GHz Rules (WP 07-100)
September 21, 2020 Public Safety Organizations Joint Letter on 4.9 GHz Rules
2018
September 4, 2018 Ex Parte: 4.9 GHz (WP 07-100)
August 23, 2018 Ex Parte: 4.9 GHz (WP 07-100)
August 16, 2018 Ex Parte: 4.9 GHz (WP 07-100)
July 6, 2018 Comments: 4.9 GHz (WP 07-100)
March 22, 2018 FCC Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ((WP 07-100))
2016
June 1, 2016 Ex Parte: Use of 4.9 GHz (WP 07-100, PS 06-229, WT 06-150)
2015
September 28, 2015 Letter: 4.9 GHz Task Force Report (WP 07-100, PS 06-229, WT 06-150)
September 28, 2015 Report: 4.9 GHz Task Force (WP 07-100, PS 06-229, WT 06-150)
May 20, 2015 Ex Parte: Use of 4.9 GHz (WP 07-100, PS 06-229, WT 06-150)
2013
November 22, 2013 Comments: NPSTC’s 4.9 GHz Report (06-150, 06-226, 07-100)
April 18, 2013 FCC Fifth Report and Order ((WP 07-100))
2012
October 31, 2012 Comments: 4.9 GHz (06-229, 06-150, 07-100)
June 13, 2012 FCC Fourth Report and Order and Fifth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ((WP 07-100))
2007
May 14, 2007 Amending Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules ((07-100))