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Public Safety Seeks Comment Region 21 800 MHz Plan Amendment

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Released: May 17, 2013


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DA 13-1134

May 17, 2013



General Docket No. 90-221

Comments Due: June 6, 2013

Reply Comments Due: June 17, 2013


On March 21, 2013, the Region 21 (Michigan)1 800 MHz NPSPAC Regional
Planning Committee (RPC) submitted a proposed modification (Plan Amendment) to amend its 800 MHz
Public Safety Plan, which was approved by the Commission on June 22, 1990.2 The Plan Amendment
consists largely of administrative updates and the following noted items:

Provides a newly developed inter-regional dispute resolution/concurrence signed agreements
between Region 14 (Indiana), Region 33 (Ohio), Region 45 (Wisconsin) and Region 54
(Great Lakes Region).3

Modifies the channel allocations to provide resources for developing systems. All channels
covered under this plan are considered a pool available to any applicant satisfying the
requirements of this plan.4 An updated allocation channel sort is available in Appendix C –
Channel Assignments by County.

Revises Plan Appendix D - Bylaws to serve both the 700 MHz and 800 MHz NPSPAC
regional planning committees.5

Removes the application filing window process, replacing it with application review at
scheduled RPC meetings.6

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 90-221 (filed Mar. 21, 2013) (Plan Amendment).
3 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)).
4 See Plan Amendment, Appendix C – Channel Assignments by County; see also, Plan Amendment - Frequency
Assignment Criteria at 12-13.
5 See Plan Amendment, Appendix D – Committee Structure and By-Laws.

Provides an updated 8CALL System Mutual Aid Map.7

Adds two new sections: International Treaty Considerations8 (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 any other
methodology as provided for in TSB-88.9
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
segment).10 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 to improve upon 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. 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.

Request for Comments on the Region 21 800 MHz NPSPAC 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

June 6, 2013

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

June 17, 2013.

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

General Docket No. 90-221.

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.

6 See Plan Amendment, Application Process at 9.
7 See Plan Amendment, Appendix E – 8CALL System Map.
8 See Plan Amendment, International Treaty Considerations at 12.
9 See Plan Amendment, Coverage and Interference Considerations at 13.
10 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.

 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 21 Plan documents in

General Docket No. 90-221

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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