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Narrowbanding

October 28, 2014 | Comments
In new 700 MHz narrowband spectrum rules, the FCC eliminated the 700 MHz narrowbanding deadline, reallocated reserve spectrum for T-band licensees, and encouraged Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) certification by manufacturers and licensees.

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September 24, 2014 | Comments
Colorado’s First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) outreach efforts focus is on bringing interested stakeholders to the table to ensure FirstNet builds a network that Colorado agencies will want to use. Outreach efforts have been particularly well received in rural parts of the state, where broadband service is in need.

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September 12, 2014 | Comments
The debate about the best spectrum band in Europe for public-safety broadband services continues with formal recommendations likely to be released next year and a new spectrum report from Pascal Lamy, former director general of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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August 27, 2014 | Comments
The FCC granted a waiver request to the municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, seeking authority to operate a new IP-based private land mobile data system on general use channels in the portion of the 700 MHz band designated for public-safety narrowband use.

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August 08, 2014 | Comments
An FCC official said the commission plans to release a report and order on several 700 MHz items, including extending or eliminating the 700 MHz narrowbanding date “in the very near future.”

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August 06, 2014 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced in late 2013 that it was unable to reach a spectrum lease agreement with the city of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and negotiations had ended.

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July 28, 2014 | Comments
The FCC denied a request for a permanent waiver of the commission’s VHF/UHF narrowbanding rule filed by Del Norte County, California

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July 08, 2014 | Comments
Following are comments we’ve received from readers about recent online and print news and articles.

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June 16, 2014 | Comments
The FCC waived the narrowbanding requirement for six months for Belington Emergency Squad, West Virginia, to enable Belington to obtain “quiet zone” approval.

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May 20, 2014 | Comments
Thurston County, Washington, completed implementation of its public-safety 9-1-1 system that supports radio communications for the county’s 1,600 police, fire and EMS users. The system features 13 radio consoles for 9-1-1 dispatchers, radio and equipment for the 9-1-1 tower, and 22 remote radio sites, which also ensured that the county met the FCC’s narrowbanding requirements.

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