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Released: April 10, 2013


Federal Communications Commission
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Washington, D.C. 20554

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DA 13-681

April 10, 2013



General Docket No. 90-53

Comments Due: April 30, 2013
Reply Comments Due: May 10, 2013


On March 7, 2013, the Region 19 (New England)1 800 MHz NPSPAC Regional
Planning Committee (RPC) submitted a proposed modification (Plan Amendment) to amend its 800 MHz
Public Safety Plan.2 The Plan Amendment proposes the following modification:
 To assign the State of Maine ten 800 MHz channels to provide network coverage to portable
radio users through the use of cross band vehicular repeaters.3
Both regions adjacent to Region 19, Region 8 (New York Metropolitan Area) and Region 30
(New York-Albany) have reviewed and provided letters of concurrence in support of the Plan
Amendment. We have reviewed the Region 19 Plan Amendment and find it to be compliant with the
applicable Commission rules and policies, and tentatively accept the Plan Amendment.
In accordance with the National Public Safety Plan, each region is responsible for planning its use
of the public safety radio frequency spectrum (subsequently, rebanded to the 806-821/824/851-869

1 The Region 19 (New England) 800 MHz regional planning area encompasses six states: Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The three northernmost states, Maine, New Hampshire
and Vermont, share a border with Canada.
2 See Letter from Jerry Zarwanski, Chair, Region 19 800 MHz NPSPAC Regional Planning Committee, to Marlene
H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, General Docket 90-53 (filed Mar. 7, 2013) (Plan
3 The Window Thirty-Two Channel Allocations results assign channel numbers: 4 (frequency 851\806.6875), 67
(851\806.8750), 84 (852\807.1125), 125 (852\807.6500, 142 (852\807.8625), 150 (852\807.9625), 159
(853\808.1000), 167 (853\808.2000), 181 (853\808.3750), 223 (853\808.9000) to the State of Maine for both mobile
and portable use.
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.

Request for Comments on the Region 19 Plan Amendment.

Prior to taking further action on the
Plan Amendment, by this Public Notice we solicit comments on the Region 19 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

April 30, 2013

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

May 10, 2013.

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

General Docket No. 90-53.

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
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 19 Plan documents in

General Docket No. 90-53

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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