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PSHSB Approves Region 21 (MI) 700 MHz Regional Plan Amendment

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Released: June 18, 2013


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DA 13-1399

June 18, 2013



WT Docket No. 02-378

Introduction. On January 30, 2013, the Region 21 (Michigan)1 700 MHz Regional Planning
Committee (Region 21) submitted a proposed amendment to its 700 MHz Public Safety Plan for the
General Use2 spectrum in the 769-775/799-805 MHz band.3 On April 15, 2013, Region 21 resubmitted
four appendices, including a map of Region 21 detailing the U.S./Canada Border Sharing and Protection
Zones.4 For the reasons discussed below, we approve the Region 21 700 MHz Plan Amendment.
Background. In 1998, the Commission established a structure to allow regional planning
committees (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.5
The Commission's rules require each of the fifty-five RPCs to submit its plan for the General Use

1 The Region 21 (Michigan) 700 MHz regional planning area includes all eighty-three (83) Michigan counties in
both the Lower and Upper Peninsulas, and shares its eastern and northeastern borders with Canada. In addition,
there are four federally recognized Native American Tribal Nations: Chippewa, Odawa, Ottawa and Potawatomi.
2 The General Use spectrum is administered by regional planning committees (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 Keith Bradshaw, Chairman, Region 21 (Michigan), Michigan Public Safety Frequency Advisory
Committee, to David Turetsky, Chief, FCC, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, WT Docket No. 02-378
(filed Jan. 30, 2013) (submitting Plan Amendment); See also Public Safety and Homeland Security Approves
Region 21 (Michigan) Revised 700 MHz Regional Plan, WT Docket No. 02-378, PS Docket No. 06-229, Public
, 23 FCC Rcd 14883 (PSHSB 2008).
4 See Revised Plan Amendment Appendices (G)-Loading Requirements, (H)-Regional Appeal Process, (I)-
Application Submission and Approval and Competing Application Evaluation Flow Charts, and (J)-Spectrum
Allotment, WT Docket 02-378 (filed Apr 15, 2013) (submitting revised appendices). Please note that the indicated
distances to the border are estimates.
5 See 47 C.F.R. 90.527; see also 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
); 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,
Second Memorandum Opinion and Order, 15 FCC Rcd 16844 (2000).

spectrum.6 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
On July 31, 2007, the Commission adopted a Second Report and Order revising the rules
governing wireless licenses in the 700 MHz band.8 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).

Review of the Region 21 Plan Amendment. The Region 21 Planning Committee modified
the Plan to reflect the current conditions in the communications landscape and to reconcile language
differences between the 700 MHz and 800 MHz NPSPAC regional plans in order to improve the
application process, spectrum management, and over all utilization. The Plan is modified by:

Removing the application open filing window process, replacing it with application review
at scheduled RPC meetings,9 and adding a requirement that applicants provide an
interoperability plan in support of requests for spectrum resources.10

Changing the propagation model from Okimura-Hata to modified R-6602 or any other
methodology as provided for in TSB-88.11

Establishing a new definition of coverage and service area by expanding the multi-
jurisdictional systems service area (for greater flexibility in managing county allotments)to
the geographic boundaries of the given counties, plus 10 miles; adding language to provide
for re-use of unused portions of the 25 kHz channel blocks (orphaned channels), and
guidelines for relocating 25 kHz channel blocks throughout the region to accommodate
applicants who find their original channel allotments unworkable.12

Adding a new Appendix G Loading Requirements for trunked systems.13

6 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
7 First Report and Order, 14 FCC Rcd at 195 87.
8 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).
9 Plan Amendment, Application Process at 7-8.
10 Plan Amendment, Interoperability Communications Requirements at 14.
11 Plan Amendment, Coverage and Interference Considerations at 11.
12 Plan Amendment, Coverage and Interference Considerations at 11-12.
13 Plan Amendment, Appendix G Loading Requirements (each applicant must certify that a minimum of 100
mobiles for each 12.5 kHz channel block will be placed in service within five of plan approval date).

Revising Plan Appendix D - Bylaws to serve both the 700 MHz and 800 MHz NPSPAC
regional planning committees.

Revising Plan Appendix J - Spectrum Allotment: Canada/US Border Sharing Zone 1, Sector
1, Canadian Primary channels are highlighted in


Canadian/US Border Protection Zone
channels are highlighted in


for planning purposes. Channel blocks highlighted in




entries denote a split channel block.14

Advising applicants that the U.S./Canada Border Sharing and Protection Zones reflected on
the Region 21 Map are approximate and that applicants must calculate the distance to the
border of their individual facilities in order to determine whether or not they are located in
the Sharing or Protection Zones.15
All four regions adjacent to Region 21 -- Region14 (Indiana), Region 33 (Ohio), Region 45
(Wisconsin), and Region 54 (Great Lakes Area) -- reviewed and provided letters of concurrence in
support of the Plan Amendment.16
On April 25, 2013, the Region 21 Plan Amendment was placed on Public Notice for comment.17
We received no comments. We have reviewed the Region 21 Plan Amendment, and conclude, based on
the information before us that it complies with Commission rules and policies. Accordingly, pursuant to
Section 4(i) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), and Section 1.102(b) of
the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.102(b), we APPROVE the Region 21 (Michigan) 700 MHz Public
Safety Plan Amendment.
We take this action under delegated authority pursuant to Sections 0.191 and 0.392 of the
Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 0.191, 0.392.
Action by the Chief, Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security
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14 Plan Amendment, International Treaty Considerations at 10. The zones are depicted on a map of the region
included in Appendix J.
15 Plan Amendment at Appendix J Spectrum Allotment.
16 See 47 C.F.R. 90.527(a)(5) (requiring that each regional planning committee provide an explanation of how its
plan has been coordinated with adjacent regions).
17 See Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Seeks Comments on Region 21 (Michigan) 700 MHz Plan
Amendment, WT Docket No. 02-378, Public Notice, 28 FCC Rcd 5540 (PSHSB 2013). Comments were due May
15, 2013, and reply comments were due May 28, 2013.

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