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New Jersey Gets Waiver for 700 MHz Trunked Repeater System (2/22/13)
The FCC grated a waiver request, with conditions, by the state of New Jersey, Office of Information Technology to permit licensing of a deployable temporary 700 MHz trunked repeater system to operate on eight 12.5-kilohertz narrowband interoperability channels.

The waiver is for New Jersey’s proposed temporary deployable trunked system to be used without any co-located general pool channels and secondary to conventional or non-trunked, channel use. The FCC has granted similar waivers to the states of Florida and Colorado and the city of Mesa, Ariz., also subject to conditions.

The FCC sought comment in 2008 on a proposal by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) to designate the narrowband reserve channels “to promote deployment of mobile trunked infrastructure that can be transported into [an] incident area.” If the NPSTC petition is granted, existing waivers allowing mobile trunked infrastructure using interoperability channels will automatically expire and the following will apply:

• Deployable repeaters authorized by waiver must be reprogrammed to operate on the re-designated narrowband reserve channels.

• The waiver recipients must bear the cost of reprogramming their repeaters and shall not be eligible for reimbursement of any costs associated with modifying their repeaters to migrate to the narrowband reserve channels.

• The waiver recipients must comply with the technical and licensing rules applicable to the re-designated reserve channels.

“Based on the particular factors presented here, we find New Jersey’s request sufficiently similar to our precedent to warrant a waiver,” the order said. “Specifically, we conclude that grant of the requested waiver will not frustrate the intent of Section 90.531(b)(1)(iii) of the commission’s rules and will be in the public interest.”

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