Tuesday, May 30, 2017

FCC Okays Michigan Sharing 800 MHz Network

The state of Michigan and the FCC reached an agreement about the state’s Public Safety Communications System and its 800 MHz radio network. The deal affects nearly 250 tower sites.

Michigan sought a waiver to the agency’s rules so it could share its 800 MHz statewide radio network with DTE Energy, a non-profit infrastructure provider. Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System provides communications for its state agencies, police, and more than 1,490 county, city, township and tribal public safety agencies. Some 74,000 radio users are on the network.

The state uses both 800 MHz and 700 MHz narrowband voice frequencies although the great majority of the system is 800 MHz. DTE wanted access to emergency and proprietary talk groups on the trunking system and the 800 MHz analog mutual aid channels. 
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