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PSHSB Approves Region 21 (MI) 800 Mhz NPSPAC Regional Plan Amendment

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Released: July 3, 2013


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DA 13-1517

July 3, 2013



General Docket No. 90-221

Introduction. On March 21, 2013, the Region 21 (Michigan)1 800 MHz National Public Safety
Plan Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) Regional Planning Committee (RPC) submitted a proposed
modification (Plan Amendment)2 to amend its 800 MHz Public Safety Plan.3 For the reasons discussed
below, we approve the Region 21 800 MHz NPSPAC Plan Amendment.
Background. In accordance with the National Public Safety Plan, each region is responsible for
planning its use of the public safety radio frequency spectrum (rebanded to the 806-824/851-869
Review of the Region 21 Plan Amendment. The Plan Amendment consists largely of
administrative updates and several noted items. 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.

1 The Region 21 (Michigan) 800 MHz regional planning area consists of all the Upper Peninsula and all counties in
the Lower Peninsula except the counties of Allegan, Barrien, Barry, Cass, Kalamazoo, Ottawa, St. Joseph, and Van
Buren, which are part of Region 54 (Great Lakes Area).
2 See Letter from Keith Bradshaw, Chair, Region 21 800 MHz Regional Planning Committee, to Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, General Docket No. 90-221 (filed Mar. 21, 2013) (Plan
3 The Region 21 (Michigan) 800 MHz NPSPAC Plan was adopted by the Commission's Private Radio Bureau (PR)
on June 22, 1990. See Region 21 (Michigan) National Public Safety Plan Advisory Committee 800 MHz Regional
Plan, Order, General Docket No. 90-221, 5 FCC Rcd 4031 (PR 1990).
4 See Development and Implementation of a Public Safety National Plan and Amendment of Part 90 to Establish
Service Rules and Technical Standards for Use of the 821-824/766-869 MHz Bands by the Public Safety services,
Report and Order, General Docket No. 87-112, 3 FCC Rcd 905 (1987). The band was modified by the Commission
in the Rebanding proceeding, WT Docket 02-55, by shifting the NPSPAC band down by 15 megahertz to 806-
824/851-869 MHz.

The Plan Amendment modifies the Region 21 NPSPAC Plan as follows:

Provides a newly developed inter-regional dispute resolution/concurrence agreement signed
by Region 14 (Indiana), Region 33 (Ohio), Region 45 (Wisconsin) and Region 54 (Great
Lakes Region).5

Modifies the channel allocations for developing systems. All channels covered under this
plan are considered a pool available to any applicant satisfying the requirements of this plan.6
An updated allocation channel sort is available in Appendix C Channel Assignments by

Revises Plan Appendix D - Bylaws to serve both the 700 MHz and 800 MHz NPSPAC
regional planning committees.7

Replaces the former application filing window process with an application review process at
scheduled RPC meetings.8

Updates 8CALL System Mutual Aid Map.9

Adds two new sections: International Treaty Considerations10 (alerts applicants to specific
obligations for users north of "Line A") and Spectrum Efficient Technologies (requires
systems of more than five or more channels to use of spectrum efficient technologies).

Changes the propagation model from Okimura-Hata to modified R-6602 or by allowing any
other methodology as provided for in TSB-88.11
On May 17, 2013, we placed the Region 21 Plan Amendment on Public Notice for comment.12
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), the Region 21 (Michigan) 800 MHz NPSPAC Public
Safety Plan Amendment is APPROVED.

5 See Plan Amendment, Appendix A Inter-Regional Dispute Resolution/Concurrence (signed agreements between
Region 21 and Region 14 (Indiana), Region 33 (Ohio), Region 45 (Wisconsin) and Region 54 (Great Lakes Area)).
6 See Plan Amendment, Appendix C Channel Assignments by County; see also, Plan Amendment - Frequency
Assignment Criteria at 12-13.
7 See Plan Amendment, Appendix D Committee Structure and By-Laws.
8 See Plan Amendment, Application Process at 9.
9 See Plan Amendment, Appendix E 8CALL System Map.
10 See Plan Amendment, International Treaty Considerations at 12.
11 See Plan Amendment, Coverage and Interference Considerations at 13.
12 See Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Seeks Comments on Region 21 (Michigan) 800 MHZ NPSPAC
Regional Plan Amendment, General Docket No. 90-221, Public Notice, DA 13-1134 (rel. May 17, 2013) (PSHSB
2013). Comments were due June 6, 2013, and, reply comments were due June 17, 2013.

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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