FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 11, Pages 8850 to 9847, July 30 - August 17, 2012 Page: 8,892
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3. Consequently, Maine plans to consolidate all of its legacy radio systems into a new statewide
narrowbanded (12.5 kHz channel bandwidth) VHF trunked Project 25 radio system.6 Once constructed,
the new statewide system will provide "improved geographic radio coverage, voice quality/clarity and
channel capacity."7 Furthermore, the new statewide system will "allow for seamless interoperability
across all levels of government (including non-State agencies).'1
4. Due to a sparse population and heavily forested terrain, Maine contends that the VHF band
(150-170 MHz) is the only viable frequency band for its statewide network because of the band's
"excellent propagation characteristics."9 Maine states that higher frequency bands, including the 700
MHz and 800 MHz bands, offer limited coverage and are subject to increased foliage attenuation, which
is "a particularly serious problem in a heavily forested state such as Maine."'o Maine estimates that a
statewide VHF system requires only 42 upgraded/updated radio sites at a total cost of $49 million while
an 800 MHz-based statewide system would require 146 sites at an overall cost of over $177 million."
Aside from cost and engineering advantages, Maine also notes that the VHF band is the only band that
provides "state-wide interoperability among federal, state and local public safety agencies.""2
5. Maine argues, however, that there are insufficient VHF band channels available in the Public
Safety Pool to meet its requirements for the new statewide system.'3 Maine notes that it is already
incorporating all channels currently assigned to it into the new statewide system and that it has applied for
all remaining Public Safety Pool channels that can be used without causing interference to other users.'4
Claiming it lacks any other viable alternative, Maine seeks to obtain additional VHF frequencies from the
Industrial/Business Pool for inclusion in its proposed system." However, because Maine, a public safety
entity, is ineligible for licensing on Industrial/Business Pool frequencies, it requires a waiver of the
eligibility requirements set forth in Section 90.35(a) of the Commission's rules."
6. In support of its waiver request, Maine submits a study from a Public Safety Frequency
Coordinator confirming the lack of available Public Safety Pool frequencies in the VHF band to serve
Maine's needs.'7 With each application seeking an Industrial/Business Pool frequency, Maine also
6Id. at 3.
9 Id at 4.
1 Id at 4-5.
'2 Id. at5.
13Id. at 6.
6 47 C.F.R. 90.35(a).
'7 See the frequency study attached to each application listed in Tables I and 2 of the attached appendix (collectively
Maine Frequency Studies).
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