PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU SEEKS COMMENTS ON REGION 18 (LOUISIANA ) 700 MHZ REGIONAL PLAN
Federal Communications Commission
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Released: January 16, 2009
PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON
REGION 18 (LOUISIANA) 700 MHZ REGIONAL PLAN
PS Docket No. 06-229 and WT Docket No. 02-378
Comments Due: February 5, 2009
Reply Comments Due: February 17, 2009
Committee (RPC) (Region 18) submitted a proposed 700 MHz Public Safety Plan (Plan) for General Use2
spectrum in the 769-775/799-805 MHz band for review and approval. 3
Background. In 1998, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) established a
structure to allow RPCs optimal flexibility to meet state and local needs, encourage innovative use of the
spectrum, and accommodate new and as yet unanticipated developments in technology and equipment.4
Each of the fifty-five (55) RPCs is required to submit its plan for the General Use spectrum.5 The
Commission's role in relation to the RPCs is limited to (1) defining the regional boundaries; (2) requiring
fair and open procedures, i.e., requiring notice, opportunity for comment, and reasonable consideration;
(3) specifying the elements that all regional plans must include; and (4) reviewing and accepting proposed
plans (or amendments to approved plans) or rejecting them with an explanation.6
The Commission expects RPCs to ensure that their committees are representative of all public
safety entities in their regions by providing reasonable notice of all meetings and deliberations. Further,
regional plans must include an explanation of how all eligible entities within the region were given such
1 The Region 18 (Louisiana) 700 MHz regional planning area includes the entire state of Louisiana.
2 The General Use spectrum is administered by RPCs and is licensed for public safety services on a site-by-site basis
in accordance with the relevant Commission-approved regional plan and frequency coordination.
3 See Letter from William Vincent, Chairman, Region 18, to Federal Communications Commission, WT Docket No.
02-378 (filed Aug. 21, 2008) (submitting regional plan).
4 See Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Federal, State and Local
Public Safety Agency Communication Requirements Through the Year 2010, WT Docket No. 96-86, First Report
and Order and Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 14 FCC Rcd 152 (1998) (First Report and Order); Second
Memorandum Opinion and Order, 15 FCC Rcd 16844 (2000). See also 47 C.F.R. 90.527.
5 See 47 C.F.R. 90.527. Each RPC must incorporate certain common elements into its 700 MHz plan. A list of
700 MHz RPCs and region activities is available at http://www.fcc.gov/pshs/public-safety-spectrum/700-MHz/.
6 First Report and Order, 14 FCC Rcd at 195 87.
notice.7 For the initial meeting, called by the convenor to form the RPC and hold elections, the
Commission requires at least sixty days notice.8 In developing their regional plans, RPCs must ensure
that their proposed plans comply with the rules and policies governing the 700 MHz public safety
regional planning process.9 We also encourage the RPCs to consider utilizing the guidelines developed
by the Public Safety National Coordination Committee (NCC).10 RPCs may approach the assignment of
the spectrum differently, e.g., by making specific assignments to eligible public safety entities, or by
establishing an allotment pool approach based on political boundaries such as counties.
On July 31, 2007, the Commission adopted a Second Report and Order revising the rules
governing wireless licenses in the 700 MHz band.11 The Commission adopted a plan for the 700 MHz
band to establish a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband communications network for the
benefit of state and local public safety users. The Commission designated the lower half of the 700 MHz
public safety band for broadband communications (763-768/793-798 MHz) and consolidated existing
narrowband allocations in the upper half of the public safety 700 MHz band (769-775/799-805 MHz).
The Region 18 700 MHz Plan. The Region 18 Plan pre-allocates the consolidated narrowband
General Use spectrum by parish.12 The Plan was coordinated with all four adjacent regions to Region 18:
Region 4 (Arkansas), Region 23 (Mississippi), Region 40 (Texas-Central and Northeast), and Region 51
(Texas-Houston).13 We have reviewed the Region 18 Plan and find it to be compliant with the applicable
Commission rules and policies, and tentatively accept the Plan.
Prior to taking further action on the Plan, by this Public Notice, we solicit comments on the Plan.
Pursuant to Sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.415, 1.419, interested
parties may file comments on the Region 18 700 MHz Plan on or before
February 5, 2009, and reply
comments on or before
February 17, 2009.All comments and reply comments should reference the
subject Revised Plan and
PS Docket No. 06-229and
WT Docket No. 02-378.Comments and reply
comments may be filed by using (1) the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), (2)
7 Id. at 193-94 84. RPCs must promptly adopt operating procedures that "ensure that all entities will be given
reasonable notice of all committee meetings and deliberations." Id. at 195 86.
8 Id. at 195 86 & n.220.
9 47 C.F.R. 90.527; see also First Report and Order, 14 FCC Rcd at 190-96 77-89.
10 The NCC was a federal advisory committee established by the Commission in 1999 to address and advise the
Commission on operational and technical parameters for use of the 700 MHz public safety band. In addition, the
NCC was tasked with providing voluntary assistance in the development of coordinated regional plans, and
developed a Regional Planning Guidebook. Following the sunset of the NCC's charter on July 25, 2003, the
National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) agreed to continue to provide assistance to regional
planners. A copy of the 700 MHz Regional Planning Guidebook is available at
11 Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband, Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band;
Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Federal, State and Local Public
Safety Communications Requirements Through the Year 2010, PS Docket No. 06-229, WT Docket No. 96-86,
Second Report and Order, 22 FCC Rcd 15289 (2007) (Second Report and Order).
12 See Plan, Appendix G Region 18 Louisiana Channel Allotments at 93-106, and Appendix I Channel Numbers
and Channel Center Frequencies Narrowband Segments of the 769-775 and 799-805 MHz bands at 128-159.
13 See Plan, Appendix H Inter-Regional Coordination Procedures and Dispute Resolution Agreements (signed by
all adjacent regions) at 108-127.
the Federal Government's eRulemaking Portal, or (3) by filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of
Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
Electronic Filers: Comments and reply comments may be filed electronically using the
Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs or the Federal eRulemaking
Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Filers should follow the instructions provided on the
website for submitting comments.
For ECFS Filers: In completing the transmittal screen, filers should include their full name,
U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the rulemaking number. Parties may also submit
an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions, filers should send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following words in the body of the message: "get
form." A sample form and directions will be sent in response.
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although the Commission continues to experience delays in
receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to: Secretary, Office of the Secretary,
Federal Communications Commission.
The Commission's contractor will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper
filings for the Commission's Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Suite 110,
Washington, D.C. 20002. The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All
hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must
be disposed of before entering the building.
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All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Marlene H. Dortch, Office of the
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554. Parties
must also serve one copy with the Commission's copy contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. (BCPI),
Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW, Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, (202) 488-5300, or via email
The Plan is available through ECFS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Region 18 Plan documents in
WT Docket No. 02-378are available for public inspection and copying during business
hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th St. SW, Room CY-A257,
Washington, D.C. 20554. The documents may also be purchased from BCPI, telephone (202) 488-5300,
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For further information regarding this matter, contact Jeannie Benfaida, Policy Division, Public
Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at (202) 418-2313 or Jeannie.Benfaida@fcc.gov.
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