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AAR Certified to Coordinate 800/900 MHz B/ILT Pool Channels

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Released: August 11, 2014


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DA 14-1163

August 11, 2014




WT Docket No. 14-75

In 1986, the Commission certified frequency coordinators in the private land mobile radio

services.1 At this time, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) was certified to coordinate certain

frequencies below 512 MHz. In 1997, the Commission determined that the Industrial/Business Pool

below 512 MHz would be administered by multiple coordinators, thus ending exclusive frequency

coordination on certain frequencies and allowing competition to be introduced into the coordination

process in those frequencies.2 The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (Bureau) subsequently

introduced competitive coordination to the 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands, and indicated that the below-

512 MHz frequency coordinators were generally qualified to coordinate frequencies in the 800 and 900

MHz bands.3

By request filed March 26, 2014, AAR requested certification to provide frequency coordination

for Business/Industrial/Land Transportation (B/ILT) Pool frequencies in the 806-816/851-861 and 896-

901/935-940 MHz bands. Noting that the Commission found AAR qualified to be certified for the

Industrial/Business Pool below 512 MHz, AAR stated that it is qualified, and meets the criteria to be

certified, to coordinate applications for the 800/900 MHz B/ILT Pool. AAR stated that granting its

request would be in the public interest and consistent with the Commission’s statements in support of


1 See Frequency Coordination in the Private Land Mobile Radio Services, Report and Order, PR Docket No. 83-

737, 103 F.C.C. 2d 1093 (1986) (Frequency Coordination Report and Order).

2 See Replacement of Part 90 by Part 88 to Revise the Private Land Mobile Radio Services and Modify the Policies

Governing Them and Examination of Exclusivity and Frequency Assignments Policies of the Private Land Mobile

Services, Second Report and Order, PR Docket No. 92-235, 12 FCC Rcd 14307, 14328 ¶ 40 (1997). The

introduction of competition among coordinators was intended to promote lower coordination costs and foster better

service to the public. Id.

3 See United Telecom Council, Order, 16 FCC Rcd 8436, 8443 ¶ 13 (WTB PSPWD 2001). The Bureau has granted

six previous requests for certification to coordinate the 800/900 MHz B/ILT Pool. See



The Bureau sought comment on AAR’s request on May 14, 2014.4 Commenters generally

support the AAR request,5 but one commenter (while not opposing the request) expressed concern

regarding whether AAR treats all applicants equally.6 We have reviewed the entire record in this

proceeding and hereby certify AAR to coordinate Business/Industrial/Land Transportation Pool

frequencies in the 806-816/851-861 MHz and 896-901/935-940 MHz bands. We remind AAR, however,

that frequency coordination services must be provided on a non-discriminatory basis and applications

must be processed in order of receipt.7

Action by the Deputy Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

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4 See Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment On Requests of National Frequency Coordination,

LLC to be Certified as a Part 90 Frequency Coordinator and the Association of American Railroads to be Certified

to Coordinate 800/900 MHz Band Business/Industrial/Land Transportation Frequencies, Public Notice, WT Docket

14-75, 29 FCC Rcd 5136-39 (WTB MD 2014). We note that the Public Notice also sought comment on an

additional frequency coordinator request from National Frequency Coordination (NFC); however, NFC withdrew its

request on July 1, 2014. See Letter dated July 1, 2014 from Lorri Coffman, Deputy Director, NFC to Marlene H.

Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

5 See Forest Industries Telecommunications comments at 1; American Association of State Highway and

Transportation Officials, Inc., comments at 3; Utilities Telecom Council reply comments at 1.

6 See Mobile Relay Associates comments at 3-5; Mobile Relay Associates reply comments at 1-2.

7 See Frequency Coordination Report and Order, 103 F.C.C. 2d at 1119 ¶ 53. In particular, we conclude that this

precludes AAR, which is itself a license holder in the 800/900 MHz band, from coordinating applications on its own



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