New England Region 19
Tuesday, March 11,
Windsor Locks, CT
meeting was called to order at 10:03 AM by the Chairman, Mr. George Pohorilak.
Mr. Jerry Zarwanski, Vice Chairman and Mr. James Warakois, Secretary were
of the Committee were asked to sign the attendance sheet.
Approval of Minutes - With a quorum
of members present the Chairman CALLED for approval of the minutes of the
previous meeting. Moved by Mr. Leary and seconded by Mr. Brown that the
minutes be accepted. There was no discussion and the minutes were ACCEPTED by
Pohorilak gave a brief overview of the State Communications Interoperability
Plan (SCIP) and PSIC (Public Safety Interoperability Communications)
Grant. The State of CT submitted three investment justifications
for the PSIC grant. The State of CT seeks to receive $13 million. The
State of CT will be hiring Emergency Communications Manager(s) to develop
and coordinate the SCIP and PSIC grant. The job announcement will be available
in short time.
State Interoperability Committee continues to meet on a monthly basis and the
State of CT now has monthly meetings with a new 700MHz regional and local committee.
There are five regional members on the committee that are ESF#2 coordinators
for the Department of Emergency Management Homeland Security (DEMHS).
The State of CT also has a 700MHz State Committee.
Massachusetts: No Report
Rhode Island: No Report
Maine: No Report
New Hampshire: Mr. Kowalik
reported that the State of New Hampshire has a similar
interoperability committee to that of CT. New Hampshire
submitted it PSIC
grant with more investment justifications. New Hampshire seeks to receive
Vermont: No Report
Notice of Proposed Rule Making – Second Report and Order are the service
rules for the 698-746, 747-762 and 777-792 MHz Bands. The FCC revised the 700
MHz band plan and service rules to promote the creation of a nationwide,
interoperable broadband network for public safety and to facilitate the
availability of new and innovative wireless broadband services for consumers.
The FCC has an auction for the D block of spectrum. It seeks to find a
telecommunications carrier to build out a nationwide Public Safety broadband
network with 10MHz of Public Safety spectrum and 10MHz of D block spectrum for
commercial use. Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) will hold the license and negotiate
the agreement with the D block carrier. The FCC has issued construction
requirements with the D block spectrum. The FCC has not announced the D Block
Telecommunications Bureau Docket Number 02-378 and PS Docket No. 06-229, Region
19 – 700MHz Amended Regional Plan. Mr. Zarwanski reported that the
Committee has filed the required amended plan. It was filed electronically on
time (January 31, 2008). He reported that all seventeen Regions with previously
filed plans have met the filing deadline. Two Regions that had not previously
entered their plans met the due date.
Pohorilak thanked the member who acted expeditiously during the review of the
Plan to make the required changes. Mr. Zarwanski recognized the contributions
of Mr. Masciadrelli and Mr. Carbonell in performing many of the tasks in
electronic filing of the Region 19 Plan Amendment. Mr. Zarwanski noted that the
filing was without the CAPRAD repacking.
was given to the National Institute of Justice facility in Texas. The
following Plan parameters where provided after several conference calls:
Š Type of technology
the Region would go forward with
Š Block spacing
information, channel block sizes [ 12.5 kHz]
separation [250 kHz]
Š Capacity options:
Population Density, [refer to standard population model]
agreed to by Region 19 participants in the conference call that was held prior to
the January 31, 2008 notification date.
CAPRAD repacking will be done by mid-March.
for application for 700 MHz allocation are available at the Region 19 700MHz Committee
website NER700MHZ.org. Applications will be filed both in paper (3 copies) and electronically
entered into CAPRAD for the frequency allotment.
held its last quarterly meeting in Arizona. The meeting was well attended by
its membership. Mr. Leary, Mr. Carbonell and Mr. Zarwanski attended meeting in
AZ. The information acquired by the attendees is very valuable, noted by Mr.
meeting will be held in Washington, DC on June 16 – 18.
Region 8 and 30 Plan Amendments
Travis Lepage representing Regions 8 and 30 presented plans to change the
in-band low power procedures for those Regional Plans. He requested
reconsideration by Region 19. A concurrence to the modification of the in-band
low power procedures is required by Region 19.
of the change in the Region 8 and 30 plans ensued. Region 19 has no issues
with the change in the plan. However, Mr. Zarwanski noted that this committee
has not received concurrence from Region 30 for its amended plan filing with
the FCC which was requested by the end of January 2008. Region 8 had responded
by the deadline requested. Mr. LePage will readdress the question of
concurrence from Region 30 for the Region 19 Plan Amendment and respond to the Region
19 Chairman. Region 19 Chairman indicated that Region 19 will not move forward
with concurrence to the Region 30 plan change until Region 30 delivers a
concurrence request to Region 19 for its Plan Amendment. Mr. LePage
acknowledged that he would deliver the Region 19 Chairman’s request to Region
proceeded with the definition of “ultimate authority” within the Region 8 and
30 plan change. Several contributors offered viewpoints. Mr. Jeff Otto stated
that the authorizing entities; as noted in the document be clarified: “Clarification
as to the nature of the State or other governmental entity whose support is
required for a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to remain in compliance with
Subsections one and three of paragraph b of 1.1.2.”Mr. Pohorilak suggested that
the term be” State, Regional or local government.” Mr. LePage will seek
Zarwanski distributed documents describing WIMAX technology. He reported that
he has received letters of intent to utilize 4.9 MHz technologies from: Everett,
MA; Bloomfield, CT; New Haven, CT; Tewksbury, MA and W. Hartford, CT.
Zarwanski advised caution to the communities of Bloomfield, CT and West
Hartford, CT which are adjacent towns that they should converse among
themselves to avoid interference issues with differing technology choices.
extended thanks to the APCO Atlantic Chapter for providing basic support of
this committee’s operation. They have reimbursed the Committee for operation
of the Website and other supply items of the committee meetings.
meeting will be at the New Hampshire State Police Facility in Concord. The
address is 33 Hazen Drive, NH on the second Tuesday in June (June 10, 2008).
Leary moved to ADJOURN, seconded by Mr. Brown. Motion accepted by unanimous
voice vote to adjourn.