AZ DPS

fcc 800 mhz rebanding project

"800 MHz Rebanding" refers to a requirement by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconfigure certain frequencies in the 800 MHz band to eliminate interference between commercial systems and public safety or industrial system. If your agency is currently licensed on any affected 800 MHz frequencies, you should have received notification from the 800 MHz Transition Administrator (www.800ta.org) concerning the rebanding of your 800 MHz frequencies system.

If affected, your agency should be in the process of negotiations with Sprint for a Planning Funding Agreement (PFA) that provides funds to plan for your reconfiguration. The PFA will ultimately lead to a Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement (FRA), which provides reimbursement to your organization for the required costs associated with the physical reconfiguration of your systems.

The Arizona Interagency Radio System (AIRS) uses national interoperability channels in the 800 MHz band that ARE affected by rebanding and must be reconfigured. The Arizona Department of Public Safety, Wireless Systems Bureau has completed negotiations with Sprint to fund the planning phase of rebanding for these channels and will soon begin the efforts needed to develop a reconfiguration strategy for AIRS.

At this time, we anticipate following a phased migration approach of 800 MHz channels at AIRS sites on a published schedule. We understand that many agencies rely on these AIRS 800 MHz channels for interoperability and that reconfiguration of agency user radios may be required before an AIRS site can be reconfigured. A schedule for reconfiguration of the AIRS 800 MHZ channels including these dependencies will be published on this site as it becomes available.

If you are not directly licensed for the AIRS 800 MHz channels but are utilizing them under a memorandum of understanding with the State of Arizona licenses (AIRS MOU), your user radio reconfigurations may be included as part of the State of Arizona 800 MHz Rebanding Project.

During the planning phase of this project, all AIRS MOU users will be contacted regarding your agencies participation in the State’s 800 MHz rebanding project.