Public Safety Region 6 (Northern California)

Regional Planning Committee

700 MHz Spectrum Planning
  Spectrum Planning for the 764-776 / 794-806 MHz Public Safety wireless bands in Northern California
  • Acting on WT Docket 96-86, in 1998 the FCC adopted service rules for the 24 megahertz of spectrum in the 764-776/794-806 MHz frequency bands (collectively, the 700 MHz band). At the direction of Congress, this spectrum was reallocated from television broadcast services to public safety communications services. It will be available as soon as existing TV stations vacate the spectrum, which is targeted for no later than December 31, 2006. (link)
  • Advising the FCC on this matter is the Public Safety National Coordinating Committee (NCC), a FCC-chartered Federal Advisory Committee. Based on the NCC's recommendations, in January 2001 the FCC adopted technical and operational standards for use of the narrow band portion of this spectrum.
  • The FCC divided the 24 MHz spectrum pool into sub-pools including State License, Interoperability, General Use (designated for local, regional and state users), and adopted the Regional Planning process to manage the General Use pool.
  • The RPCs are allowed maximum flexibility to meet state and local needs, encourage innovative use of the spectrum, and accommodate new and as yet unanticipated developments in technology equipment, and are responsible for creating and managing regional spectrum utilization plans.
  • The Region 6 RPC is creating a new planning committee to deal with the 700 MHz issue. This page is to keep the community informed of the progress of the 700 MHz Committee and its working groups.

700 MHz News Items:


Latest 700 MHz Committee Roster has been uploaded. Click on 700 MHz Commitee Roster to your right.

12/27/2010 Application Four

The following listed application has been received for Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District's new system

1) FCC Form 601 application.
2) Request for modification letter.

12/27/2010 Application Three

The following listed application has been received for modification to Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District

1) FCC Form 601 application.
2) Request for modification letter.
3) Contour/Interference analysis maps.

12/27/2010 Application Two

The following listed application has been received for Marin County's new system.

1) Project narrative and justification.
2) Radio site and frequency matrix.
3) Contour/interference analysis maps.
4) Contour/interference analysis maps.
5) FCC Form 601 application.
6) Project funding statement.

12/27/2010 Application One

The following listed application has been received for modification to San Mateo County's original application.

1) FCC Form 601 application.
2) Request for modification letter.
3) Contour/interference analysis maps


The first frequency coordination was held in Roseville, CA after the monthly NAPCO meeting. Five applications were accepted for coordination. The applications in order of submission are;

1) Golden Gate Bridge and Transit District
2) Alameda County
3) City and County of San Francisco
4) San Mateo County
5) East Bay Regional Communications System Authority

If your jurisdiction wishes to be considered for frequencies prepare an application package using the 700 MHz plan as a guide. Submit the package at the next coordination meeting. The announcement of the next coordination meeting will be published on the web page..

The next filing opening will be in February of 2010.


Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau approves Region 6 (Northern California) 700 MHz Regional Plan.

DA/FCC: DA 09-2276
Docket(s): 02-378
Release Date:  10/22/2009

The link(s) for the document are as follows:

On June 28, the Region 6 Chair for the 700Mhz RPC, Randy Hagar, submitted the revised 700Mhz Plan to the FCC. The Plan was approved by the full RPC membership during its June 16, 2009 meeting.
Revised 700 MHz Plan

Customer friendly list of the 700 MHz frequency allotments in Spread Sheet format. Click Here

This document is provided for your information as to the current and transition DTV channels.  Note: licensed low-power television stations will remain analog and on the air.  TV translator stations are secondary to public safety and are also not shown in the list below. Click Here

Final Region 6 700 MHz Plan Available Click Here

In a Notice of Proposed Rule making (Notice) and Order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed prohibiting low power auxiliary stations, including wireless microphones, to operate in the 700 MHz Band after the end of the digital television (DTV) transition on February 17, 2009. The Notice also proposes that the FCC prohibit the manufacture, import, sale, or shipment of devices that operate as low power auxiliary stations in the 700 MHz Band after the end of the DTV transition. These actions would ensure that low power auxiliary operations do not cause harmful interference to new
public safety and commercial wireless services in the band.

Full Text of NPRM WT (Docket No. 08-166 and WT Docket No. 08-167)


FCC Order
FCC News Release
Adelstein Statement
Copps Statement

700 MHz Information:
Region 6 Information:

700 MHz Committee Chair:

John Lemmon
State of California Technology Agency
Office of Public Safety Communications
California Technology
601 Sequoia Pacific Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95655
Tel: 916-657-6153
Fax: 916-657-9233

700 & 800 MHz Committee Vice Chair:

Preston Thomson BSEE
State of California Retired
Tel: 916-797-5395
Fax: 916-797-5396

700 MHz Committee Roster
Click here

700 MHz Survey Instrument
[PDF] [Word]

800 MHz Committee Chair:

Randy Hagar
Deputy Director
Alameda County

GSA Communications Department

1401 Lakeside Drive, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-4305
Tel: 510-208-9789
Fax: 510-208-9711

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