Development of Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Public Safety Agency Communication Requirements Through 2010, Establishment of Rules and Requirements for Priority Access Service

OGC-99-14: Published: Nov 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1998.


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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new rule on the development of technical and spectrum requirements for meeting federal, state, and local public safety agency communication requirements through the year 2010. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would establish a band plan and adopt service rules to begin the process of assigning licenses for public safety stations to operate in the newly reallocated spectrum of 746-776 and 794-806 megahertz (MHz); (2) the rule would also designate a portion of the 700 MHz spectrum to permit different agencies to communicate with each other and would adopt technical specifications necessary to enhance spectrum efficiency, promote nationwide interoperability, and minimize harmful interference; and (3) FCC complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

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