Comment Date: August 24, 2018
Reply Comment Date: September 10, 2018
The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) seeks comment on a request by LoJack Corporation (LoJack) to have the Bureau modify fifty-three licenses, which comprise its national stolen vehicle recovery system (SVRS), to comply with the Commission’s narrowbanding requirements. LoJack requests that the Commission allow it to file a “master” narrowband modification application on behalf of all police agencies that operate LoJack systems. LoJack submits that granting its request would reduce burdens on the licensees and the Commission, and allow a uniform consolidation across the SVRS system.
In March 2005, the Commission’s instituted narrowbanding of the Private Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) bands below 470 MHz to improve spectrum efficiency in the bands. Because of the extensiveness of LoJack’s system, and because it has exclusive use of frequency 173.075 MHz, the Commission allowed LoJack to delay compliance with the narrowbanding mandate until May 27, 2019.
To facilitate compliance with the narrowbanding mandate, LoJack seeks to file a master application that encompasses all 30 authorized SVRS licensees. It includes in its request, declarations from each of the 30 licensees authorizing filing of the modification application on its behalf. The licenses to be modified are listed in the appendix hereto.
LoJack proposes two modifications to the licenses: (1) change the emission designator from wideband, 20K0F2D, to narrowband, 11K2F2D, for all fixed and mobile transmitters; and (2) increase effective radiated power of the SVRS base stations from 300 watts to 500 watts and increase the output power of the SVRS mobile units from 2.5 watts to 5 watts. LoJack contends that the requested power increases are required to compensate for the change to the emission designator and that there will be no consequent increase in potential interference to television Channel 7 reception as a result of the power increases.
We seek comment on the LoJack proposal and the representations LoJack has made in its request. We especially solicit comment from any party that would be adversely affected by LoJack’s proposal to streamline the narrowbanding licensing process and increase power of its base stations and mobile transmitters.
Interested parties may file comments on or before August 24, 2018. Parties may file replies on or before September 10, 2018.
READ MORE HERE: THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON A REQUEST BY LOJACK CORPORATION TO MODIFY FIFTY-THREE LICENSES TO COMPLY WITH THE COMMISSION’S NARROWBANDING REQUIREMENT