Public Safety’s Spectrum Reach Clarified

The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) has reiterated its support of the Arizona Public Service Company’s (APSC) Request for Waiver and, concurrently, responded to comments filed by Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, Inc. (APCO) that suggested an unfamiliarity with the APSC filing and the FCC’s rules governing access to the 800 MHz Expansion Band (EB).

While not directly opposing APSC’s request, APCO’s comments suggested that it failed to read it thoroughly, and that they apparently misunderstand the pool allocation of EB spectrum in the 800 MHz Band. APCO urged the FCC to hold APSC “accountable and ensure that [APSC] will immediately act, at its own cost, to resolve any issues it causes that impact the needs of public safety licensees to access channels during the rebanding process.” Perhaps unnoticed by APCO, the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) had previously provided its concurrence of APSC’s requested channels. 

APCO also claimed that certain “public safety licensees are eligible for EB channels” and would benefit “from the priority under consideration.”  If it were only true. In a 2015 Public Notice, the FCC made it clear that the few public safety licensees already licensed on EB channels could remain, but that any new public safety entities are ineligible for the spectrum in the Expansion Band. APSC, on the other hand, is fully eligible as a Business/Industrial Land Transportation licensee.

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