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PSHSB Seeks Comment on NPSTC's 4.9 GHz National Plan Recommendations

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Released: October 30, 2013


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DA 13-2096

Released: October 30, 2013




WP Docket No. 07-100, PS Docket No. 06-229, WT Docket No. 06-150

Comments Date: November 22, 2013

Reply Comments Date: December 13, 2013

By this Public Notice, the Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau)
seeks comment on the above-captioned 4.9 GHz National Plan Recommendations Final Report (Report)
submitted by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) on October 24, 2013.1
NPSTC filed this Report in connection with a Fifth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(Further Notice) released by the Commission on June 13, 2013, which considered a number of issues to
improve spectrum efficiency and to encourage greater use of the 4940-4990 MHz (4.9 GHz) band for
public safety communications.2 In that proceeding, the Commission noted, inter alia, that it wanted “to
reevaluate our existing policies and to consider approaches to spur robust and efficient use in this band.”3
Specifically, the Commission sought comment on alternative frequency coordination proposals, current
uses of the band, cost-effective ways to improve accessibility, and proposals regarding expanded
eligibility, as well as alternative licensing approaches.4 The Commission received several comments,
including comments filed by NPSTC. In its comments, NPSTC encouraged the Commission to develop a

1 4.9 GHz National Plan Recommendations, Final Report, filed by National Public Safety Telecommunications
Council in a letter from Ralph A. Haller, Chair, NPSTC, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications
Commission, dated October 24, 2013 (Report). The Report can be found at (last accessed Oct. 28, 2013).
2 In the Matter of Amendment of Part 90 of the Commission’s Rules; Implementing a Nationwide, Broadband,
Interoperable Public Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band; Service Rules for the 698-746, 747-762 and 777-792
MHz Bands; WP Docket No. 07-100, PS Docket No. 06-229, WT Docket No. 06-150, Fourth Report and Order and
Fifth Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,
27 FCC Rcd 6577 (2012) (Fifth FNPRM).
3 Id. at 6584 ¶17.
4 Id.

national plan for developing the 4.9 GHz band, and it offered “to develop [guidelines for a national plan],
in collaboration with established frequency advisory committees and regional planning committees.”5
We now seek comment on NPSTC’s Report, which provides additional information and proposes
guidance on issues affecting the operation of public safety communications in the 4.9 GHz band.
Interested parties may file comments on or before

November 22, 2013

6 and reply comments on
or before

December 13, 2013

.7 Parties may file comments and replies electronically8 or by paper.
All comments and reply comments should reference the subject Petition and the DA number
indicated on this Public Notice. Comments may be filed: (1) electronically by accessing the applicant’s
file number(s) in the Commission’s Universal Service Licensing System (ULS),9 or (2) by filing paper
Electronic Filers: Pleadings may be submitted electronically as follows:
 From the ULS website at, begin the process of submitting a
pleading by clicking on the “ULS Pleadings” link in the menu on the lower left side of the
ULS web page. The link will take you to the Pleading Information screen for non-docketed
pleadings where you select “Reply” in the drop-down window for the type of pleading and
then enter the pleadings filer information. Completion of the contact information is optional.
Upon completion of this screen, please note the instructions for the filing: “Pleadings must be
dated and must include a signature, in this instance an electronic signature, and the address
and phone number of the signing party.”10 Click on “CONTINUE.”
 The second step is to complete the File Numbers/Call Signs screen. Select whether the
pleading pertains to a file number or call sign and enter the file number or call sign.11 Please
note that you must enter a file number or call sign to continue. If the pleading pertains to
multiple applications or licenses, you must enter each File Number or Call Sign as
appropriate. After clicking the “SUBMIT” button, the screen will update to show all the file
numbers/call signs associated with the pleading. At this time, you may delete selected file
numbers/call signs from the page before continuing.
 The third step is to complete the Attach File screen to attach the pleading document. Use the
drop down box to select “Pleading” or “Confidential Pleading.” The “BROWSE” button
opens a file upload window where you will locate and select your pleading file. The
“Description” field allows you to enter a brief description for the pleading. Click the “ADD

5 NPSTC Comments at 1. NPSTC Comments can be found at (last accessed on Oct. 28, 2013).
6 47 C.F.R. § 1.405.
7 Id.
8 See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).
9 See “Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Enhances the Commission’s Universal Licensing System to Implement
Electronic Filing for Pleadings,” Public Notice, 21 FCC Rcd 424 (WTB 2006). See
10 See 47 C.F.R. Part 1.
11 The file number of Florida’s application is listed beneath the title of this Public Notice.

ATTACHMENT” button to upload your pleading. You may submit up to thirty files for each
pleading, but each file must be smaller than 10 MB in size. You also have the opportunity to
delete any selected file from the pleading.
 Finally, to complete your electronic pleading submission, click on the “SUBMIT
PLEADING” button and the Confirmation screen will be displayed. The Confirmation
screen will display your Confirmation Number as well as your entered pleading’s
information. You may print this page for your records by selecting the “Print Page” link at
the top of the page and you have the option of submitting another pleading or returning to the
ULS website by selecting a link at the bottom of the page.
The ULS Application and License Search results will display pleadings under the “ADMIN” tab
when a comment or reply comment has been filed. Users can view the pleading by clicking on the link
for the specific comment or reply comment in the Description field. The general public will not be able to
view confidential pleadings.
For additional information or assistance on how to file a comment or reply comment or other
relevant pleading, you may visit the Web at You may also call the FCC ULS
Customer Support Center at (877) 480-3201 and select option 2, or (888) 225-5322 and select option 2, or
(717) 338-2888. For TTY, please call (717) 338-2824. Assistance from the FCC ULS Customer Support
Center is available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday
(except Federal holidays). To provide quality service and ensure security, all telephone calls to FCC ULS
Customer Support Center are recorded.
Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must submit an original and four copies of each
 Send 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. The
filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber
bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the
 Send commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority
Mail) to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
 Send U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority to 445 12th Street SW,
Washington, D.C. 20554.
The application(s), waiver request, comments and reply comments can be accessed electronically
via the Commission’s Universal Licensing System, The full text of the
Petition, comments and reply comments will be available for inspection and copying during business
hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street SW, Room CY-A257,
Washington, D.C. 20554. The documents may also be purchased from BCPI. Email or
call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, (voice) (202) 418-0530, (TTY) (202) 418-0432 to
request materials in formats accessible to people with disabilities, e.g., Braille, large print, electronic files,
audio format.

For further information regarding this proceeding contact Thomas Eng, Policy and Licensing
Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, (voice) (202) 418-0019 or
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