Land Mobile Communications Council Urges FCC to Reconsider Interference Contours for 800 MHz Mid-Band

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Herndon, VA – The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) filed a Petition for Reconsideration urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider the definition of the interference contours to be used in coordinating 800 MHz Mid-Band (809-817/854-862 MHz) applications and, the derating factors to be applied in that contour analysis. The Petition specifically notes that the derating factors proposed by the LMCC and published in the Report and Order and Order (R&O) were developed for use with an F(50,50) curve and are not appropriate when applied to the more conservative F(50,10) curve, which the FCC adopted in the R&O. If the FCC persists in using the published derating factors with the F(50,10) curve, the result will be less spectrally efficient and will reduce the spectrum utilization that otherwise could be derived from introducing interstitial channels into the 800 MHz band.

Author: Andrea Cumpston