FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 5, Pages 3728 to 4696, April 9 - April 27, 2012 Page: 3,809
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Federal Communications Commission
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
PRAIRIE POWER, INC. )
Request for Waiver of Section 90.179(a) of the )
Commission's Rules )
Adopted: April 10, 2012 Released: April 10, 2012
By the Deputy Chief, Policy and Licensing Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau:
I. On March 6, 2012, Prairie Power, Inc. and its ten member electric cooperative
(collectively PPI) filed a Request for Waiver' of Section 90.179(a) of the Commission's Rules2 to permit
it to share 800 MHz frequencies licensed to the State of Illinois as part of its statewide public safety
network, known as STARCOM21.3 Based on the record, we grant the request.
2. The STARCOM21 network uses channels in the 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands to
provide public safety communications to the Illinois State Police and numerous other state, county and
local agencies.4 Ameren, an electric and gas utility, uses STARCOM21 800 MHz frequencies pursuant to
a waiver under Section 90.179(a).5 Approximately 24,000 radios operate each day on STARCOM21.6
3. PPI is a "member-owned, not-for-profit electric generation and transmission cooperative
that produces and supplies wholesale electricity to ten electric distribution cooperatives in central
Illinois."7 PPI member distribution cooperatives provide electric service to roughly 78,000 customers in
their respective service areas. 8 To support their activities, PPI and its members "operate land mobile
radio systems, primarily in the VHF and UHF bands."9 PPI and its members maintain approximately 140
1 Request for Waiver of Section 90.179(a) of the Commission's Rules, filed by Prairie Power, Inc. (dated Mar. 6,
2012) (Waiver Request). The PPI members include: Adams Electric Cooperative, Camp Point, Illinois; Coles-
Moultrie Electric Cooperative, Mattoon, Illinois; Eastern-lllini Electric Cooperative, Paxton, Illinois; Farmers
Mutual Electric Company, Geneseo, Illinois; Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative, Winchester, Illinois; McDonough
Power Cooperative, Macomb, Illinois; Menard Electric Cooperative, Petersburg, Illinois; Shelby Electric
Cooperative, Shelbyville, Illinois; Spoon River Electric Cooperative, Canton, Illinois; Western Illinois Electric Co-
op, Carthage Illinois. Id. at Attachment A.
2 47 C.F.R. 90.179(a).
3 Waiver Request at 1. PPI explains that Illinois uses frequencies in both the 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands. Id.
PPI states that it seeks access only to the 800 MHz frequencies. Id.
4 Id. at 2.
5 Id., citing State of Illinois, Order, 23 FCC Red. 437 (PSHSB 2008).
SWaiver Request at 2.
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United States. Federal Communications Commission. FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 5, Pages 3728 to 4696, April 9 - April 27, 2012, book, April 2012; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc102307/m1/98/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.