FCC Record, Volume 28, No. 4, Pages 2764 to 3699, March 18 - March 29, 2013 Page: 2,814
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Federal Communications Commission DA 13-431
mandatory standard, and we do not expect such a development to occur in the Industrial/Business sector.2s
10. We do, however, anticipate the development of a single standard in the Public Safety
sector, for which the ANSI 102 "Project 25 Phase II" standard (P25 Phase II) is being completed.26 This
standard will help ensure that public safety radios are interoperable, a critical goal of public safety
communications.27 We find that it is in the public interest to allow standards bodies to complete the P25
Phase II standard before imposing the requirement that radios be capable of operating on 6.25 kHlz
channels, and extend the implementation of Section 90.203(j)(5) until January 1, 2015.
11. When the Commission extended the implementation of mandatory 6.25 kHz certification
by manufacturers from 2011 to 2013, it noted commenters' arguments that requiring applications for
equipment certification to specify 6.25 kHz capability as of January 1, 2011 would increase equipment
cost, and that compelling the purchase of more expensive equipment that may need to be replaced once a
public safety standard was developed would burden public safety resources.28 In addition, proliferation of
6.25 kHz equipment that is incompatible with the P25 Phase II standard could undermine
interoperability,29 which would be contrary to the public interest and the Commission's goals.3
Therefore, we conclude that a temporary extension of the waiver of the requirement that applications for
equipment certification demonstrate 6.25 kHz capability, to allow completion of the ANSI 102 Project 25
Phase 11 standard, is appropriate.
12. We note that as of January 1, 2015, the Commission will no longer accept applications
for certification of Public Safety equipment in the 700 MHz band that cannot operate in a 6.25 kHz mode
or with equivalent efficiency.3' We therefore grant a waiver until that date, rather than the indefinite
waiver requested by Ritron. Specifically, we grant a waiver of the requirement in Section
90.203(j)(4)(iii)-(iv) and (j)(5) that VHF and UHF equipment operating on 25 kHz channels be capable of
operating with the equivalent of four voice channels. 2 We will continue to accept applications for
certification of equipment operating on 25 ktz channels if it is capable of operating with two voice
channels until January 1, 2015." In addition, we waive the requirement in Section 90.203(j)(4)(ii) that
2 Ritron itself observes that "a consolidated standard may never exist" in the Industrial/Business sector. See
Petition at 2.
26See Third MO&O, 19 FCC Red at 25060 37.
27 See The Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Federal, State and Local
Public Safety Communications Requirements Through the Year 2010, Fourth Notice of Proposed Rule Making, WT
Docket No. 96-86, 15 FCC Red 16899, 16916 42 (2000).
28 See Order, 25 FCC Red at 8865 11.
29 See Comments of Association of Public Safety Communications Officials-International, Inc. at 1-2.
30 See Order, 25 FCC Red at 8864 8 ("When the Commission adopted the 2011 deadlines, it specifically stated that
the narrowbanding schedule was designed to avoid complicating efforts to establish public safety interoperability.")
(citing Third MO&O, 19 FCC Red at 25022 22). The Commission places great importance on facilitating public
safety interoperability. See, e.g., The Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements For
Meeting Federal, State and Local Public Safety Agency Communication Requirements Through the Year 2010,
Fourth Memorandum Opinion and Order, PR Docket No. 96-86, 17 FCC Red 4736, 4746 24 (2002).
31 See 47 C.F.R. 90.203(m).
32 See id. 90.203(j)(4)(iv), (j)(5). We hereby clarify that we do not waive the requirement that equipment with a
channel bandwidth of more than 6.25 kHz that is capable of transmitting data must be capable of supporting a
minimum data rate of 4800 bits per second per 6.25 kHz of channel bandwidth. See 47 C.F.R. 90.203(j)(5); see
also 47 C.F.R. 90.203(j)(3). Ritron did not request a waiver of the data efficiency standard, and the record does
not support such a waiver.
33 See 47 C.F.R. 90.203(j)(3).
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