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Released: August 27, 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 13-1803

August 27, 2013

PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU AND OFFICE OF ENGINEERING

AND TECHNOLOGY FREEZE CERTAIN APPLICATIONS IN THE 800 MHz NPSPAC

PUBLIC SAFETY BAND

PS Docket No. 13-209

Today, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,1 the Commission initiated a proceeding seeking
comment on requiring:

applicants for licenses in the 800 MHz NPSPAC public safety band2 to employ only such digital
equipment as conforms to Emission Mask H;3 and

applications for certification of digital equipment capable of operating in the 800 MHz NPSPAC
band to demonstrate compliance with Emission Mask H; and

applicants for licenses in the 800 MHz NPSPAC public safety band to employ only such
equipment as is capable of operating in the analog FM mode on mutual aid channels4 in that
band; and

applications for certification of equipment capable of operating in the 800 MHz NPSPAC public
safety band to specify only equipment capable of operating in the analog FM mode on mutual aid
channels in that band.
As announced in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, in order to maintain a stable environment
during the pendency of the rulemaking, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and the Office
of Engineering and Technology are instituting a "freeze" on facilities applications and equipment
certifications as follows:


1 Requiring H Mask for Digital Technologies on NPSPAC Channels and Analog FM on Mutual Aid and
Interoperability Channels, PS Docket No. 13-209, RM-11663, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 13-117 1 (rel.
Aug. 27, 2013).
2 806-809/851-854 MHz. See 47 C.F.R. 90.617(a)(1).
3 47 C.F.R. 90.210(h).
4 There are 5 mutual aid channels in the NPSPAC public safety band, channels 1, 39, 77, 115, and 153. 47 C.F.R.
90.617(a)(1).


Applications seeking 800 MHz NPSPAC channels where the applicant specifies digitally
modulated equipment that does not conform to Emission Mask H will not be accepted; and

Applications seeking 800 MHz NPSPAC channels where the applicant specifies equipment not
capable of analog FM modulation on the NPSPAC mutual aid channels will not be accepted; and

Applications seeking certification of equipment capable of operating on the NPSPAC public
safety channels will not be accepted unless the certification applicant demonstrates that the
equipment conforms to Emission Mask H when operating on the NPSPAC public safety
channels; and

Applications seeking certification of equipment capable of operating on the NPSPAC public
safety channels will not be accepted unless the certification applicant demonstrates that the
equipment is capable of operating with analog FM modulation on the NPSPAC mutual aid
channels.
The freeze is effective upon the release of this Public Notice, i.e., August 27, 2012, and will
remain in effect pending further notice from the Commission. For further information, please contact
John A. Evanoff, Esq., Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Policy and Licensing Division,
john.evanoff@fcc.gov, or (202) 418-0848, or Bruce Romano, Office of Engineering and Technology,
bruce.romano@fcc.gov, (202) 418-2124.
Action by the Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and Chief, Office of
Engineering and Technology.
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