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PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU ESTABLISHES A NEW STATION CLASS CODE AND PROVIDES LICENSING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRIMARY PERMANENT FIXED STATIONS IN THE 4940-4990 MHZ BAND ALLOCATED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY USE

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Released: December 3, 2009

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 09-2530

Released: December 3, 2009

PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU ESTABLISHES A NEW

STATION CLASS CODE AND PROVIDES LICENSING INSTRUCTIONS FOR

PRIMARY PERMANENT FIXED STATIONS IN THE 4940-4990 MHZ BAND

ALLOCATED FOR PUBLIC SAFETY USE

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland
Security Bureau establishes a new station class code and provides guidance to licensees seeking
authorization to operate primary permanent fixed links in the 4940-4990 MHz band (4.9 GHz band).
On April 9, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) released a Report and
Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in WP Docket No. 07-100 (FCC 09-29) addressing
the 4.9 GHz band, as well as other Part 90 public safety rules.1 In the Report and Order, the Commission,
inter alia, granted primary status to “fixed links that connect 4.9 GHz base and mobile stations that are
used to deliver broadband service, as well as other public safety networks using spectrum designated for
broadband use,” and “stand-alone permanent fixed 4.9 GHz links that are used to deliver broadband
service, such as a fixed video surveillance link used to monitor a high-risk target or environment.”2 In
contrast, the Commission determined that “fixed 4.9 GHz links that only connect narrowband base
stations operating in public safety bands not designated for broadband (i.e., public safety UHF, VHF,
narrowband 700 MHz, and 800 MHz) to other networks, or serve to backhaul narrowband traffic
originating from narrowband base stations, will remain secondary.”3 The Commission took these actions
in order to “provide additional flexibility for public safety and thereby lead to expanded use of 4.9 GHz
broadband networks.”4
In the Report and Order, the Commission determined that establishing a new class code for
primary permanent fixed stations will assist interested stakeholders as well as the Commission’s licensing
staff to distinguish between primary and secondary permanent fixed stations.5 Accordingly, the


1 See Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules, Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking
, WP Docket No. 07-100, 24 FCC Rcd 4298 (2009) (Report and Order). See also Amendment of Part
90 of the Commission’s Rules, Erratum, WP Docket No. 07-100, 24 FCC Rcd 5603 (PSHSB rel. May 13, 2009);
Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules, Second Erratum, WP Docket No. 07-100, DA 09-1234 (PSHSB
rel. June 2, 2009).
2 Report and Order, 24 FCC Rcd at 4303 ¶ 9.
3 Id.
4 Id. at 4303 ¶ 10.
5 Id. at 4304 ¶ 12.

Commission delegated to the Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, authority to issue a
public notice to announce the establishment of a new 4.9 GHz primary permanent fixed station class code,
as well as to provide licensees holding permanent fixed stations with instructions for modifying their
authorizations to reflect the new station class code.6 By this Public Notice, we take these actions.

New Station Class Code for 4.9 GHz Primary Permanent Fixed Stations

A new station class code, “

FXB

,” has been established to designate “primary” status for
permanent fixed stations in the PA radio service. This new station class code is to be used for permanent
fixed stations or links that meet the requirements for primary status discussed above. Secondary
permanent fixed stations or links (i.e., used for traditional backhaul to carry only narrowband traffic) must
use the existing station class code, “

FXO

.”

Instructions for Existing Licensees Seeking Primary Status for Permanent Fixed Stations

Existing licensees who wish to obtain primary status for their 4.9 GHz permanent fixed stations
or to add new 4.9 GHz primary permanent fixed stations must file a modification application.7 First,
licensees must complete the FCC Form 601 Main Form; in item 2 (Application Purpose), enter “MD.”
Then, licensees must complete Schedule D for each 4.9 GHz permanent fixed station location that will be
designated as primary. Specifically, in item 1 (Action Requested), enter “M” if the station is existing or
“A” if a new station is being added; in item 3 (Location Description), verify that “FX” is entered; and in
item 20 (Sites Status), enter “P.” Finally, licensees must complete Schedule H for the corresponding
primary permanent fixed stations. Specifically, in item 28 (Action), enter “M” if the station is existing or
“A” if a new station is being added; and in item 32 (Station Class), enter or update the station class code
with “FXB.” For new permanent fixed stations, licensees must comply with an 18-month construction
requirement8 by timely filing FCC Form 601 Main Form and Schedule K.
New applicants in the 4.9 GHz band may apply for primary permanent fixed stations in a similar
fashion, but must file a new application rather than a modification.

Self-Certification

As with general 4.9 GHz authorizations, applicants for 4.9 GHz primary permanent fixed stations
are not subject to formal frequency coordination requirements. However, Section 90.1209(b) of the
Commission’s rules requires that “[a]ll licensees … cooperate in the selection and use of channels in
order to reduce interference and make the most effective use of the authorized facilities.”9 Applicants for


6 Id.
7 Applicants must use FCC Form 601 to apply to apply for base, mobile, and fixed authorizations in the 4.9 GHz
band. The radio service code for the Public Safety 4940-4990 MHz band is “PA.” The application may be filed
electronically via the Commission’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) or manually, pursuant to 47 C.F.R. §
1.913(d)(i). The website address is http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls. Forms are available by calling the Forms
Distribution Center at 1-800-418-3676 or via the internet http://www.fcc.gov/formpage.html. General information
about ULS is available by calling 1-888-225-5322. Although governmental entities are exempt from paying
applications fees, some non-governmental entities may be required to pay fees or partial fees. For further
information concerning application fees, see the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Fee Filing Guide, available
at http://www.fcc.gov/fees/appfees.html.
8 See 47 C.F.R. § 90.1209(d).
9 See 47 C.F.R. § 90.1209(b).
2

4.9 GHz primary permanent fixed stations should review the Commission’s database for potential
interference. A new or modification application requesting primary status for permanent fixed stations
should include: (1) an attachment that self-certifies the application meets generally-accepted engineering
practices and (2) a statement that the request for primary fixed stations is for broadband purposes and that
the licensee agrees to work with other licensees to resolve any interference.10

For Further Information or Assistance

For more information concerning this Public Notice, you may contact the Public Safety and
Homeland Security Bureau at (717) 338-2646. For general information about the ULS, including answers
to frequently asked questions regarding submitting applications, finding the status of pending
applications, and searching the ULS database, the Commission recommends first consulting the ULS web
page at http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls. Applicants may also contact ULS/Auctions Hotline at 1-888-
CALLFCC (225-5322), choose option #2 or (717) 338-2888 for questions about application matters. E-
mail questions may be sent to ulshelp@fcc.gov.
By the Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
- FCC -


10 See 47 C.F.R. § 90.173(b).
3

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