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PSHSB Invites Comments Region 21 Revised 700 MHz Plan Amendment

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Released: April 25, 2013


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DA 13-874

Released: April 25, 2013



WT Docket No. 02-378

Comments Due: May 15, 2013

Reply Comments Due: May 28, 2013

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 The Plan Amendment :

Removes the application open filing window process, replacing it with application review at
scheduled RPC meetings,5 and adds a requirement that applicants provide an interoperability
plan in support of requests for spectrum resources.6
Changes the propagation model from Okimura-Hata to modified R-6602 or any other
methodology as provided for in TSB-88.7

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 distances to
the border are approximate.
5 Plan Amendment, Application Process at 7-8.
6 Plan Amendment, Interoperability Communications Requirements at 14.
7 Plan Amendment, Coverage and Interference Considerations at 11.

Establishes 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. Adds 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. 8
Adds a new Appendix G – Loading Requirements for trunked systems.9
Revises Plan Appendix D - Bylaws to serve both the 700 MHz and 800 MHz NPSPAC
regional planning committees.
Revises Plan Appendix J - Spectrum Allotment to clearly indicate what the Canada/U.S.
Border Zone Sector 1 Channels Highlighted in


and Channels in Protection Zone are
Highlighted in


(Red and Blue Channels are Canadian Primary, U.S. Secondary).
Channel blocks highlighted in




entries denote a split channel block.10
Advises applicants that the U.S./Canada Border Sharing and Protection Zones reflected on
the Region 21 Map are approximate and 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.11
The Region 21 Planning Committee proposes these modifications to bring the Plan up to date 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. All four regions adjacent to Region 21 -- Region14
(Indiana), Region 33 (Ohio), Region 45 (Wisconsin), and Region 54 (Great Lakes Area) -- have reviewed
and provided letters of concurrence in support of the Plan Amendment.12 We have reviewed the Region
21 Plan Amendment and find it to be compliant with the applicable Commission rules and policies, and
tentatively accept the 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.13
There are fifty-five RPCs, and each committee is required to submit its plan for the General Use

8 Plan Amendment, Coverage and Interference Considerations at 11-12.
9 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).
10 Plan Amendment, International Treaty Considerations at 10.
11 Plan Amendment at Appendix J – Spectrum Allotment.
12 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).
13 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
); Second Memorandum Opinion and Order, 15 FCC Rcd 16844 (2000).

spectrum.14 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 Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopted a Second
Report and Order revising the rules governing wireless licenses in the 700 MHz band.16 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).
Request for Comments on the Region 21 Plan Amendment. Prior to taking further action on the
Plan Amendment, by this Public Notice we solicit comments on the Region 21 Plan Amendment.
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 plan amendment on or before

May 15, 2013

. Parties interested in
submitting reply comments must do so on or before

May 28, 2013.

All comments and reply comments
should reference the subject plan amendment and

WT Docket No. 02-378.

Parties may file comments
and reply comments by using (1) the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), (2) 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: or the Federal eRulemaking
Portal: 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 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
each filing.
Commenters may send filings 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

14 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
15 First Report and Order, 14 FCC Rcd at 195 ¶ 87.
16 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).

delays in receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). Commenters must address all filings to: Secretary, Office
of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
Effective December 28, 2009, commenters must submit all hand-delivered or messenger-
delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th
Street, SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. All hand deliveries must be held
together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering
the building.


The Commission’s former filing location at 236
Massachusetts Avenue, NE is permanently closed.
Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail)
must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail should be addressed to 445 12th
Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20554.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with
disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530
(voice), (202) 418-0432 (tty).
Commenters must address all filings 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 to
The Plan Amendment is available through ECFS at Region 21 Plan Amendment
documents in

WT Docket No. 02-378

are 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,
facsimile (202) 488-5563, TTY (202) 488-5562, email
For further information regarding this matter, contact Jeannie Benfaida, Policy and Licensing
Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at (202) 418-2313 or
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