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Public Safety Homeland Security Comment Region 5 700 MHz Amendment

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Released: August 22, 2011


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DA 11-1443

August 22, 2011



WT Docket No. 02-378

Comments Due: September 12, 2011
Reply Comments Due: September 22, 2011


On July 12, 2011, the Region 5 (Southern California)1 700 MHz Regional
Planning Committee (RPC) submitted a proposed modification (Plan Amendment) to amend its 700 MHz
Public Safety Plan2 for General Use spectrum in the 769-775/799-805 MHz band.3 The Plan Amendment
provides the following modifications:
Revises the frequency allocations to provide a channel change allotment for the City of San
Diego to permit the County of Riverside to expand to additional sites, and to resolve
interference concerns impacting the County of Orange and the City of San Diego at some
sites, and
Provides new allocations for the Port of Los Angeles. The allocations are only for the
vicinity of the Port of Los Angeles.
The Region 5 Planning Committee proposes these modifications in order to address the spectrum
needs in the Southern California area. These modifications will enable the Region 5 Planning Committee
to make allotments to specific agencies rather than to geographical areas. All three regions adjacent to
Region 5, Region 3 (Arizona), Region 6 (Northern California), and Region 27 (Nevada) have reviewed
and provided letters of concurrence in support of the Plan Amendment.4 We have reviewed the Region 5
Plan Amendment and find it to be compliant with the applicable Commission rules and policies, and
tentatively accept the Plan Amendment.

1 The Region 5 (Southern California) 700 MHz regional planning area consists of ten counties: Imperial, Los
Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernadino, San Diego, Kern, San Louis Obispo and Ventura.
2 See Letter from David Buchanan, Chair, Region 5 700 MHz Regional Planning Committee, to Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WT Docket No. 02-378 (filed July 12, 2011) (Plan Amendment).
3 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.
4 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).


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
There are fifty-five RPCs, and each committee is required to submit its plan for the General Use
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 Federal Communications Commission (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).

Request for Comments on the Region 5 Plan Amendment.

Prior to taking further action on the
Plan Amendment, by this Public Notice we solicit comments on the Region 5 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

September 12, 2011

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

September 22, 2011

. 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

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
); Second Memorandum Opinion and Order, 15 FCC Rcd 16844 (2000).
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) (Second Report and Order).

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
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 5 Plan 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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