Additional Updates on R&O Providing Access to New PLMR Spectrum

While the FCC Report and Order and Order (R&O) updating Commission rules to provide new spectrum capacity and eliminate unnecessary restrictions in the Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) bands became effective on December 27, 2018, this spectrum will not be available until 2019. Regarding spectrum of most interest to members of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance, the status is as follows:
  • 800 MHz Interstitial Channels: The 318 new 12.5 kHz interstitial channels in the 800 MHz Mid-Band:  Interleaved (854-860 MHz), Expansion (860-861 MHz) and Guard Band (861-861 MHz). These channels will not be available until (i) the FCC Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved them, and (ii) the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) has been modified to accept applications for them. 
  • Central Station Alarm Channels: The Monitoring Association and the LMCC have reached agreement on a modified coordination approach that should provide reasonable access to unassigned full-power central station channels. The availability of these channels will be delayed until sometime after January 2 since the FCC requires OMB approval because of the central station coordinator concurrence requirement. The FCC will be advised of the TMA/LMCC coordination protocol.
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