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  • Are We Leaders of Our Field?

    Recent discussions and training opportunities have exposed disturbing trends that have evolved in public safety communications over the last decade. One of these trends believes government agencies (state, county and local) are immune from federal regulations. Another is that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will not penalize a government agency for violations.

Public Proceedings

2021
October 21, 2021 Modification of Temporary Filing Freeze on 4.9 GHz (DA 21-1320)
April 2, 2021 Joint Reply Brief by Petitioners
March 23, 2021 APCO, IAFC, NPSTC, UTC, etc.: Reply Comments Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band (Client-to-Client Communications) (ET 18-295, GN 17-183)
March 18, 2021 Reply Comments: Illinois American Water Company Request to Share 800 and 700 MHz Public Safety Frequencies (PD Docket No. 21-32)
March 4, 2021 APCO, UTC, EEI, etc.: Ex Parte Regarding 6 GHz Interference Testing (Rosenworcel) (ET 18-295, GN 17-183)
March 4, 2021 APCO, UTC, EEI, etc.: Ex Parte Regarding 6 GHz Interference Testing (Carr) (ET 18-295, GN 17-183)
March 4, 2021 APCO, UTC, EEI, etc.: Ex Parte Regarding 6 GHz Interference Testing (Starks) (ET 18-295, GN 17-183)
March 2, 2021 Initial Brief by Intervenors (Apple, Broadcom Inc., et al.)
February 23, 2021 Brief by Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. in Support of Respondents
February 23, 2021 Brief by Public Knowledge et al. in Support of Respondents
February 22, 2021 Brief by Respondents Regarding 6 GHz Order (Revised)
February 22, 2021 APCO, UTC, EEI, etc.: Joint Comments Regarding Client-to-Client Device Communications in the 6 GHz Band ((ET 18-295, GN 17-183))
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)
February 16, 2021 Brief by Respondents Regarding 6 GHz Order
January 26, 2021 APCO, IAFC, NPSTC, UTC, etc.: Open Letter on 6 GHz Interference Testing
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)
December 23, 2020 Initial Brief by Joint Petitioners regarding 6 GHz Order (Revised)
December 18, 2020 Initial Brief by Joint Petitioners regarding 6 GHz Order
October 1, 2020 D.C. Circuit Court Denies Emergency Motion for Stay of the 6 GHz Order
September 21, 2020 Public Safety Organizations Joint Letter on 4.9 GHz Rules
September 18, 2020 APCO Reply in Support of Emergency Motion for Stay
September 4, 2020 Emergency Motion for Stay of the 6 GHz Order
August 31, 2020 Comments: Reallocation of 470-512 MHz (T-Band) Spectrum
August 13, 2020 FCC Order Denying Petitions for Stay ((ET 18-295, GN 17-183))
August 10, 2020 Reply to Oppositions to the Petitions for Reconsideration: Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band (ET 18-295, GN 17-183, WP 07-100)
July 24, 2020 Withdrawal of Petition for Reconsideration: Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band (ET 18-295, GN 17-183)
July 24, 2020 Petition for Review at D.C. Circuit regarding FCC 6 GHz Order
July 17, 2020 Ex Parte: Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band (ET 18-295, GN 17-183, WP 07-100)
June 29, 2020 Comments: Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band (ET 18-295, GN 17-183)
May 28, 2020 Petition for Stay: Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band (ET 18-295, GN 17-183)
May 28, 2020 Petition for Reconsideration: Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band (ET 18-295, GN 17-183)
April 23, 2020 FCC Order to Expand Unlicensed Use of 6 GHz ((ET 18-295, GN 17-183))
April 10, 2020 Ex Parte: Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band (ET 18-295, GN 17-183)
2019
July 16, 2019 Our Wireless Future: Building a Comprehensive Approach to Spectrum Policy
February 15, 2019 Comments: Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band (ET 18-295, GN 17-183)
January 22, 2019 APCO's comments on NTIA's Notice regarding a National Spectrum Strategy
2018
October 23, 2018 FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Expand Unlicensed Use of 6 GHz ((ET 18-295, GN 17-183))
October 17, 2018 Ex Parte: APCO, EWA, FIT, & UTC Joint Filing on the Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules to Improve Access to Private Land Mobile Radio Spectrum (WP 16-261)
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 29, 2018 Ex Parte: Expanding Flexible Use in Mid-Band Spectrum Between 3.7 and 24 GHz (GN 17-183)
March 22, 2018 FCC Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ((WP 07-100))
March 16, 2018 Comments: Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend, LLC Request for Waiver to License UHF Public Safety Channels in Minnesota (File No. 0008061316)
February 12, 2018 Opposition to Request for Clarification: Amendment of Parts 1, 22, 24, 27, 74, 80, 90, 95 and 101 To Establish Uniform License Renewal, Discontinuance of Operation, and Geographic Partitioning and Spectrum Disaggregation Rules and Policies for Certain Wireless Radio Services (WT 10-112)
2017
October 2, 2017 Comments: Expanding Flexible Use in Mid-Band Spectrum Between 3.7 and 24 GHz (GN 17-183)
July 31, 2017 Comments: Arizona Public Service Company Request for Waiver of 800 MHz Licensing Freeze for Proposed Statewide Trunked Radio System (WT 17-168)
June 23, 2017 Reply Comments: Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency Application and Request for Waiver Regarding Two 800 MHz B/ILT Pool Channels (File No. 0007375570)
March 16, 2017 Reply to Consolidated Opposition: In the Matter of Higher Ground LLC Application for Blanket Earth Station License (File No. SES-LIC-20150616-00357)
February 17, 2017 Application for Review: In the Matter of Higher Ground LLC Application for Blanket Earth Station License (File No. SES-LIC-20150616-00357)
2016
November 22, 2016 Comments: Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules to Improve Access to Private Land Mobile Radio Spectrum (WP 16-261, RM-11719, RM-11722)
November 10, 2016 Reply Comments: Proposed Amendments to the Service Rules Governing Public Safety Narrowband Operations in the 769-775/799-805 MHz Bands (PS 13-87, RM-11433, WT 96-86, PS 06-229, RM-11577)
November 8, 2016 Reply Comments: In the Matter of American Electric Power Service Corporation Request for Waiver Regarding 800 MHz Frequencies Reserved for Public Safety Licensees (FCC File No. 0007352620)
October 26, 2016 Comments: Proposed Amendments to the Service Rules Governing Public Safety Narrowband Operations in the 769-775/799-805 MHz Bands (PS 13-87, RM-11433, WT 96-86, PS 06-229, RM-11577)
July 7, 2016 Comments: U-NII Devices in the 5 GHz Band (ET 13-49)
June 1, 2016 Ex Parte: Use of 4.9 GHz (WP 07-100, PS 06-229, WT 06-150)
2015
November 13, 2015 Comments: Railroad Police Interoperability (15-199; RM 11721)
November 4, 2015 Ex Parte: 800 MHz NPSPAC Interference (WT 12-40)
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)
September 8, 2015 Comments: LMCC 800 MHz Proposal (15-32, RM-11572)
May 20, 2015 Ex Parte: Use of 4.9 GHz (WP 07-100, PS 06-229, WT 06-150)
May 11, 2015 Comments: Creation of Interstitial 12.5 kHz Channels in the 800 MHz Band (15-32, RM-11572)
April 27, 2015 Ex Parte: 800 MHz Band Reconfiguration Along US-Mexico Border (20121)
April 2, 2015 Comments:Recommended Nationwide Channels for Deployable Trunked Systems in the 700 MHz Narrowband Public Safety Band (13-87, 02-378)
2014
August 14, 2014 Letter: 700 MHz Narrowbanding (13-87)
July 23, 2014 Comments: Conditional Licensing Authority Above 470 MHz (RM-11722)
2013
December 31, 2013 Comments: Amendment of Section 90 to Facilitate Use of Vehicular Repeater Systems (13-229)
November 26, 2013 Reply Comments: Emission Mask Requirements for 800MHz NPSPAC Channels (13-209)
November 22, 2013 Comments: NPSTC’s 4.9 GHz Report (06-150, 06-226, 07-100)
November 14, 2013 Comments: Emission Mask Requirements for 800MHz NPSPAC Channels public filings, spectrum
May 24, 2013 Comments: Implementing Provisions of the Spectrum Act  (12-94, 06-229, 06-150)
May 13, 2013 Comments: Options for 470-512 MHz Spectrum (T-Band) (13-42)
April 18, 2013 FCC Fifth Report and Order ((WP 07-100))
February 25, 2013 Comments (with IACP and IAFC): Sprint Nextel’s Petition for Declaratory Ruling Regarding Anti-windfall Provisions of 800 MHz Band Reconfiguration (02-55)
January 2, 2013 Comments:  Motorola Solutions’ Petition Regarding Amendment of Part 90 to Permit TETRA) (11-69, 09-234)
2012
December 17, 2012 Comments: Motorola’s Request for Limited Waiver re: Part 90 equipment and narrowbanding (99-87)
December 10, 2012 Comments: Ritron’s Petition to Delay Implementation of 90.203(j)(5) (regarding T-Band equipment) (99-87)
October 31, 2012 Comments: 4.9 GHz (06-229, 06-150, 07-100)
September 17, 2012 Comments: Orange County Sheriff’s Petition Regarding Sprint’s Wideband Deployment in the 800 MHz ESMR bands (11-110, 12-64)
June 27, 2012 Comments: NTIA’s Petition Regarding Narrowbanding the T-Band  (99-87)
June 13, 2012 FCC Fourth Report and Order and Fifth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ((WP 07-100))
April 20, 2012 Comments: Transition Process for 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Waiver Recipients (12-94)
April 13, 2012 Comments: Sprint’s Deployment of Wideband Technology in the 800 MHz ESMR (11-110, 12-64)
2007
May 14, 2007 Amending Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules ((07-100))
No Date
Amending the rules for Vehicular Repeater Systems ((13-229))
Service Rules for the 698-746 747-762 and 777-792 MHz Bands ((06-150))
Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band ((02-55))
Amending Part 90 to Allow TETRA ((11-69))
Part 90 of the Rules and Narrowbanding ((99-87))
Wideband Operations in 800 MHz ((11-110))
Spectrum Efficiency for 800 MHz ((12-64))