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NPSTC Invites You to Participate in 4.9 GHz National Plan Development
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NPSTC Invites You to Participate in 4.9 GHz National Plan Development
The Governing Board of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) recently voted to create a 4.9 GHz National Plan using an open collaboration process that will involve all stakeholders. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is aware of this action which we believe will complement the current rulemaking process involving the spectrum.
This message is an invitation for your organization to participate in the development of the National Plan. The FCC is currently studying public safety use of this spectrum and it is critically important that the needs of the first responder community be recognized and documented.
NPSTC is reaching out to a broad and representative group, to include public safety users of the 4.9 GHz band, frequency coordinators, 700 MHz regional planning organizations, Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (SWICs), equipment manufacturers, and general interest users. NPSTC also needs seeks participation from other important groups, including the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS's) Office of Emergency Communications and the Office for Interoperability and Compatibility.
The following issues have been offered for inclusion in the work plan:
1. Frequency Coordination 
    • Role of Coordinators 
    • Role of RPCs
2. Data Registration issues with existing Licensees
3. Database
4. Point-to-Point Use 
    • Antenna categories, ERP limits and Antenna Polarization 
    • Urban/Suburban/Rural use 
    • FirstNet Use 
    • Primary or Secondary Allocations for Narrowband Support
5. Air-to-Ground Use
6. Bomb robot and other specialized uses
7. Band Plan and Channels 
    • Nationwide channel use with Regional variations 
    • Should Point-to-Point links that support narrowband systems be primary
8. CII Use and Conditions
9. Change from Jurisdictional Licensing 
    • Site Based 
    • How to treat mesh networks 
    • Usage specific channels

This list will be reviewed and modified during our group discussions. Most of the work for this project will be facilitated via conference call with web-based meeting support, allowing a larger level of participation. We are also discussing an option for an on-site meeting during the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials - International (APCO) annual meeting in Anaheim, California in August.

There are two ways to participate. You may request to join the Working Group which will have bi-weekly conference calls and writing assignments. This group will be responsible for the creation of the planning documents. Alternatively, you may request to join the Review Group which will be given meeting minutes and draft documents for review and comment. Members of both groups will be involved in the decision-making process regarding content in the final report. We believe that this initial planning process will take approximately 3 months and that a draft document will be ready for review and comment by July of this year.

NPSTC is working to schedule an introductory conference call on Friday, April 12th at 11:00 a.m. EST. Please RSVP to indicating your desire to participate and you will receive the agenda and conference call instructions. If you have any questions or need further information, you may contact Barry Luke, in the Coordination Support Office, via email: e-mail
Thank you for your consideration of this important request.

NPSTC is a federation of organizations whose mission is to improve public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials | American Radio Relay League | Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies | Association of Public Safety Communications Officials | Forestry Conservation Communications Association | International Association of Chiefs of Police | International Associate of Emergency Managers | International Association of Fire Chiefs | International Municipal Signal Association | National Association of State Chief Information Officers | National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials | National Association of State Foresters | National Association of State Technology Directors | National Sheriffs' Association | National Emergency Number Association

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