FCC Denies Tennessee Region’s Part 22 Public-Safety Request (7/18/12)
The FCC denied a Tennessee public-safety waiver request and dismissed the state’s applications. The Tennessee Homeland Security District 7 filed two applications and an associated waiver request for authority to use, for public-safety communications purposes, 18 Part 22 paging and radiotelephone service channel pairs at multiple location sites in basic economic area (BEA) Nos. 71, 72 and 73.
The commission said the district doesn’t satisfy the waiver criteria pursuant to either Section 337 of the Act or Section 1.925 because the commission awarded the channel pairs to winning bidders in Auction 87.
The district is located north and west of Nashville, Tenn., and consists of Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson and Stewart counties, as well as Fort Campbell, a military installation that spans the Kentucky/Tennessee border. The district was created in 2003 to promote greater interoperability among federal, state and local public-safety agencies in the region.
In 2004, the region began construction of a wide-area trunked emergency communications system, funded by both the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and local governments. The district contended that there is a shortfall of available public-safety channels to meet the system’s operational needs.
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