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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS frequencies in order to facilitate R&O furthers the public interest by
COMMISSION communications at large airports. improving spectrum efficiency, both in
DATES: Effective April 25, 2005. and around airports, and by allowing
47 CFR Part 90 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: airport personnel and other licensees on
[WT Docket No. 02–318; RM–10184; FCC Thomas Eng, Thomas.Eng@fcc.gov, ATU frequencies to communicate with
05–16] Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure fewer restrictions. Moreover, licensees
Division, Wireless Telecommunications will benefit from increased power
Amendment of the Commission’s Bureau, (202) 418–0019, TTY (202) 418– limits, which should result in more
Rules Concerning Airport Terminal 7233. reliable radio communication, with
Use Frequencies in the 450–470 MHz fewer dead spots and greater
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a
Band of the Private Land Mobile Radio communications range. These
summary of the Federal
Services improvements are important to the
Communications Commission’s Report
general public because airports depend
AGENCY: Federal Communications and Order, FCC 05–16, adopted on
on reliable communications for
Commission. January 18, 2005, and released on
conducting safe and efficient ground
ACTION: Final rule. January 24, 2005. The full text of this
operations, and because they ensure the
document is available for inspection
safety of passengers and airport
SUMMARY: In this document the and copying during normal business
employees.
Commission addresses comments hours in the FCC Reference Center, 445
received in response to a Notice of 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 2. The major decisions in the R&O are
Proposed Rulemaking, released by the 20554. The complete text may be as follows:
Commission on October 10, 2002, which purchased from the FCC’s copy • We convert all power limits on
sought comment on proposed revisions contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., ATU frequencies from transmitter
to the Commission’s rules and policies 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY–B402, power output (TPO) to effective radiated
regarding Airport Terminal Use (ATU) Washington, DC 20554. The full text power (ERP).
frequencies in the 450–470 MHz Private may also be downloaded at: http:// • We increase the power limits for
Land Mobile Radio (PLMR) Industrial www.fcc.gov. Alternative formats are primary ATU mobile units operating at
Business (I/B) Pool. The Notice of available to persons with disabilities by the 242 airports listed in
Proposed Rulemaking was issued in contacting Brian Millin at (202) 418– § 90.35(c)(61)(iv) of our rules.
response to a Petition for Rulemaking 7426 or TTY (202) 418–7365 or at • We increase the power limits for
filed on June 25, 2001 by the Personal brian.millin@fcc.gov. mobile units operating on a secondary
Communications Industry Association, 1. As discussed below, the Report and basis at locations more than fifty miles
Inc. (PCIA), an FCC-certified frequency Order (R&O) implements many of the (eighty kilometers) from the 242 airports
coordinator. Generally, the Notice of proposals set forth in the Notice of listed in part 90 of our rules.
Proposed Rulemaking considered Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), as well 3. The following chart summarizes the
PCIA’s recommendations and proposed as additional changes related to power limits for ATU frequencies based
to revise the power limits on ATU operations on ATU frequencies. The on the decisions in this R&O.

POWER LIMITS FOR ATU FREQUENCIES


Service and status Distance from protected airports Power limits

ATU Primary .......................................... 0–10 miles (0–16 km) ........................... 100 watts ERP for base stations (460 MHz side of pair).
40 watts ERP for mobile units (465 MHz side of pair).
I/B Secondary ........................................ 10–50 miles (16–80 km) ....................... 10 watts ERP for base stations (460 MHz side of pair).
6 watts ERP for mobile units (465 MHz side of pair).
I/B Secondary ........................................ >50 miles (80 km) ................................. 300 watts ERP for base stations (460 MHz side of pair).
120 watts ERP for mobile units (465 MHz side of pair).

I. Procedural Matters small business concerns with fewer than (NPRM). The Commission sought
25 employees,’’ pursuant to the Small written public comment on the
A. Regulatory Flexibility Act Analysis
Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, proposals in the NPRM, including
4. As required by section 603 of the Public Law 107–198, see 44 U.S.C. comment on the IRFA. This present
Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 603, 3506(c)(4). Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
the Commission has prepared a Final (FRFA) conforms to the RFA.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA) C. Report to Congress
of the expected impact on small entities 6. The Commission will send a copy Need for, and Objectives of, the Final
of the proposals suggested in this of this Report and Order in a report to Rules
document. The FRFA is set forth below. be sent to Congress and the General
Accounting Office pursuant to the 8. The rule changes implemented
B. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 herein are needed in order to facilitate
Congressional Review Act, see 5 U.S.C.
Analysis the communications needs of Airport
801(a)(1)(A).
5. This document does not contain Terminal Use (ATU) licensees in the
new or modified information collection II. Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis 460–470 MHz band. We believe that
requirements subject to the Paperwork 7. As required by the Regulatory certain rule modifications are in the
Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Flexibility Act of 1980 as amended public interest because they will
Law 104–13. In addition, therefore, it (RFA), an Initial Regulatory Flexibility enhance the efficient use of spectrum,
does not contain any new or modified Analysis (IRFA) was incorporated in the permit greater efficiency in use of
‘‘information collection burden for Notice of Proposed Rule Making airport terminal communications, and

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facilitate Homeland Security measures the rules adopted herein. The RFA Description of Projected Reporting,
at airports. We further believe that generally defines the term ‘‘small Recordkeeping and Other Compliance
certain modifications are in the public entity’’ as having the same meaning as Requirements
interest because they will enhance the the terms ‘‘small business,’’ ‘‘small 14. No new reporting, recordkeeping,
efficient use of spectrum for mobile organization,’’ and ‘‘small governmental or other compliance requirements
units at fifty miles or more from jurisdiction.’’ In addition, the term would be imposed on applicants or
protected airports. ‘‘small business’’ has the same meaning licensees as a result of the rules adopted
9. In this Report and Order (R&O), we as ‘‘small business concern’’ under the in this proceeding.
convert all power limits on ATU Small Business Act. A ‘‘small business
frequencies from transmitter power concern’’ is one that: (1) Is Steps Taken To Minimize Significant
output (TPO) to effective radiated power independently owned and operated; (2) Economic Impact on Small Entities, and
(ERP); we amend the maximum output is not dominant in its field of operation; Significant Alternatives Considered
power for ATU frequencies identified in and (3) satisfies any additional criteria 15. The RFA requires an agency to
47 CFR 90.35(c)(48) to a 100-watt established by the Small Business describe any significant alternatives that
maximum ERP. We also amend the Administration (SBA). it has considered in developing its
maximum output power for ATU 12. Estimates for Private Land Mobile
approach, which may include the
frequencies identified in 47 CFR Radio (PLMR) Licensees. PLMR systems
following four alternatives (among
90.35(c) and (68), from 3 watts TPO to serve an essential role in a vast range of
others): ‘‘(1) The establishment of
40 watts ERP; for ATU frequencies industrial, business, land transportation,
differing compliance or reporting
identified in 47 CFR 90.35(c)(11), we and public safety activities. These
requirements or timetables that take into
increase the power limit from 2 watts radios are used by companies of all sizes
account the resources available to small
TPO to 120 watts ERP for mobile units operating in all U.S. business categories.
entities; (2) the clarification,
operating on a secondary basis at Because of the vast array of PLMR users,
locations more than fifty miles (eighty the Commission has not developed a consolidation, or simplification of
kilometers) from airports listed in 47 definition of small entities specifically compliance and reporting requirements
CFR 90.35(c)(61)(iv); we delay any applicable to PLMR users, nor has the under the rule for such small entities;
increase or conversion in power on ATU SBA developed any such definition. The (3) the use of performance, rather than
frequencies subject to 47 CFR SBA rules do, however, contain a design standards; and (4) an exemption
90.35(c)(69) until the freeze on high- definition for Cellular and Other from coverage of the rule or any part
power applications for land mobile Wireless Telecommunications, which thereof, for such small entities.’’
applications on 460–470 MHz band has the small business size standard of 16. With respect to the conversion of
‘‘offset’’ channels is lifted, in order to no more than 1,500 employees. units on power limits on ATU
protect wireless medical telemetry According to Census Bureau data for frequencies TPO to ERP, the
systems (WMTS) that have yet to 1997, in this category there was a total Commission believes that small
migrate out of the band; we delegate of 977 firms that operated for the entire businesses will experience minimal
authority to the Wireless year. Of this total, 965 firms had impact and will benefit from improved
Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) to employment of 999 or fewer employees, frequency coordination. Licensees that
create new station class codes for the and an additional twelve firms had choose to modify their licenses to take
Universal Licensing System (ULS) that employment of 1,000 employees or advantage of new power limits will
will identify primary ATU users; we more. Thus, under this size standard, need to report ERP values instead of
will allow licensees to submit the majority of firms can be considered TPO. Further, we require that
applications requesting the new ATU small. Currently, the Commission’s applications for power modification on
station class codes without requiring licensing database indicates that there these channels be frequency
frequency coordination so long as no are approximately 174,000 active coordinated, and this requirement will
other modifications are made to the licenses in the PLMR bands below 512 further minimize any impact our rule
licenses; we grandfather stations MHz. revisions impose on licensees. The
authorized to operate on ATU 13. Equipment Manufacturers. The combination of improved frequency
frequencies at power levels in excess of SBA has established a small business coordination and new power limits will
our current rules; and we will allow size standard for Radio and Television benefit both large and small businesses.
licensees to submit applications Broadcasting and Wireless 17. Admittedly, there may be some
voluntarily to convert power levels on Communications Equipment minor inconveniences during the
licenses from TPO to ERP, but we Manufacturing. Under this standard, transition to the new regulatory regime.
require frequency coordination for such business firms are considered small if First, we anticipate that small
modifications. they have 750 or fewer employees. businesses may experience a minor
Census data for 1997 indicate that, for inconvenience as a result of the change
Summary of Significant Issues Raised by that year, there were a total of 1,215 in power unit terminology. Second,
Public Comments in Response to the establishments in this category. Of small businesses may also view the
IFRA those, there were 1150 that had modification as a minor administrative
10. There were no comments filed employment under 500, and an burden. Third, there may be a transition
that specifically addressed the rules and additional 37 that had employment of period where some licenses reflect TPO
policies proposed in the IRFA. 500 to 999. The percentage of broadcast values while others reflect ERP.
equipment manufacturers to others in 18. Despite these inconveniences, we
Description and Estimate of the Number this category is approximately 22 believe they are acceptable for the
of Small Entities to Which the Final percent, so we estimate that the number following reasons. We note that license
Rules Will Apply of broadcast equipment manufacturers modifications are voluntary. We
11. The RFA directs agencies to with employment under 500 was encourage, but do not require, licensees
provide a description of, and, where actually closer to 253, with an to modify their licenses to take
feasible, an estimate of the number of additional eight establishments having advantage of new power limits. We also
small entities that may be affected by employment of between 500 and 999. note that modifications can be

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performed at the time of license renewal thirteen and sixteen kilometers (eight communications by secondary licensees
to minimize administrative costs. The and ten miles). We believe that such a in designated areas around airports.
incentives for more licenses to have ERP large power limit could subject 23. Our decision to delay the
power values on ATU frequencies are: a secondary I/B users and small implementation date of the new rules on
better overall frequency coordination businesses to excessive interference at the ATU/wireless medical telemetry
process, and having a power limit that distances from ten to fifty miles from frequencies until thirty days after the
more accurately represents station protected airports. We reject the lifting of the freeze on high power
power than does TPO. Improved implementation of § 90.205 of the applications, scheduled for December
frequency coordination results in better Commission’s rules in favor of the more 31, 2005, will protect wireless medical
interference protection to all licensees, moderate power limit changes adopted telemetry users in the 460–470 MHz
including small entities. We reject the herein, which strike a balance between band, which includes small businesses
alternative of leaving power limits in enhancing wireless communications at hospitals and medical facilities. An
terms of TPO because the Commission and providing interference protection. alternative would be to implement the
noted that it generally favors ERP 21. We note, however, that our rules concurrently with the non-
terminology and because TPO values decision to raise power levels involved telemetry frequencies. However, we
can result in a variety of actual power consideration of other alternatives that reject this alternative because it
levels due to a variety of antenna gains. could improve the communications increases the risk of harmful
We believe that TPO limits frustrate the capabilities of mobiles on the ATU interference to wireless medical
frequency coordination process, and frequencies, such as signal boosters and telemetry users from the ATU primary
therefore incumbent licensees would wireline connections. These and I/B secondary power limit
not be assured of interference alternatives, however, do not address increases.
protection. 24. We believe that the
the need, especially at large airports, for
19. The next rule change we adopt implementation of new station class
enhanced wireless communications.
herein increases the power limits for codes is a benefit to all users that are
Moreover, as the Personal
ATU primary users at the protected licensed on ATU frequencies, including
Communications Industry Association,
airports. Although increasing the power small businesses. We anticipate only a
Inc. (PCIA) stated in its comments, there
limits on these channels could decrease minor administrative burden in
are other problems with signal boosters,
the number of operators possible in a voluntarily modifying licenses to reflect
which are expensive and require
given area, thereby potentially reducing new station class codes. We note that no
extensive electrical conduit
opportunities for smaller entities, fee will be charged and frequency
modifications. Further, no commenters
nevertheless we believe that regardless coordination is not required for such
supported signal boosters and wireline modification. The station class codes
of the possible impact on smaller
connections in favor of increasing will distinguish between primary ATU
entities, the need for higher power on
wireless power limits. and secondary I/B licenses in ULS. The
these channels outweighs the potential
for reduction of the number of licensees. 22. The next rule change we adopt major benefits will be to allow licensees
Maintaining the current power limits as herein increases the power limit for on ATU frequencies to take advantage of
an alternative to these rule changes is Industrial/Business (I/B), secondary, the appropriate new power limits and
unacceptable because it maintains the mobile units operating on the forty ATU eliminate the ambiguity as to what rules
current power restriction of 20 watts mobile channels at distances of fifty apply to which licensees. The
output power for base stations and 3 miles or more from protected airports. identification of ATU primary licenses
watts output power for mobile units at The mobile power limit increase from 3 through station class codes also
protected airports. Thus, to retain lower watts TPO to 120 watts ERP lessens the facilitates the frequency coordination
power levels disserves the public incongruity with the power limit of base process and ensures interference
interest by restricting efficient radio stations, which is 300 watts ERP. All protection to airport stations.
communications by primary licensees at licensees, including small businesses, 25. Our decision to grandfather
airports. will benefit from this mobile power stations authorized to operate on ATU
20. A second alternative to the limit increase because mobile units will frequencies at power levels in excess of
increased power limits adopted herein have increased communications range our current rules will minimize the
for ATU primary base/mobile within the service area footprint of their impact of our rules on such stations,
frequencies would be to implement the base stations. The power limit increase including small entities. Such stations
power limits of § 90.205 of the enables radio systems to make more may continue to operate as usual and
Commission’s rules. We have efficient use of their assigned spectrum. are not required to comply with the
considered but reject this option At the same time, we anticipate little rules adopted herein. However, the
because § 90.205 of the Commission’s additional interference to primary ATU Commission will investigate any reports
rules lowers power limits to licensees and secondary non-ATU of harmful interference from such
unacceptably low levels or raises power licensees within fifty miles of the stations and take appropriate action.
limits to exceptionally high levels, protected airports because the base Our decision allows such stations to
depending on the size of the designated station power limit remains unchanged. avoid or defer the administrative burden
service area of a station. For service area The service area footprint is determined of modifying their licenses. As
radii smaller than three kilometers by the base station’s ERP and antenna discussed above, we do not require
(approximately two miles), § 90.205 of height. Maintaining the current mobile license modifications to take advantage
the Commission’s rules limits power to unit power limit as an alternative to this of the new power limits. However, at
2 watts ERP, which is less than the 20 rule change is unacceptable because it such time when a grandfathered station
watts TPO that is currently authorized. maintains the current power restriction desires to modify its license to take
Such a power reduction could further of 2 watts output power for mobile units advantage of the power limits adopted
hamper the ability of airport personnel at fifty miles or more from protected herein, we will require compliance with
to communicate. Section 90.205 of the airports. Thus, to retain lower power the new rules, power levels in the form
Commission’s rules also allows 500 levels disserves the public interest by of ERP, and frequency coordination as
watts ERP for service areas between restricting efficient radio discussed above. We have considered

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the alternative to grandfathering, which 28. It is further ordered that part 90 PART 90—PRIVATE LAND MOBILE
is requiring the compliance of all of the Commission’s rules is amended, RADIO SERVICES
licensees on ATU frequencies. We reject effective April 25, 2005.
this alternative because it imposes 29. It is further ordered that the ■ 1. The authority citation for part 90
immediate administrative burdens on Commission’s Consumer and continues to read as follows:
stations and small entities that do not Governmental Affairs Bureau, Reference Authority: Sections 4(i), 11, 303(g), 303(r)
want license modification, and we are Information Center, shall send a copy of and 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act of
concerned that it may force such entities this Report and Order, including the 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 161,
to discontinue operations. Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, to 303(g), 303(r) and 332(c)(7).
Report to Congress the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the ■ 2. Amend § 90.35 as follows:
26. The Commission will send a copy U.S. Small Business Administration in
■ a. Amend the table in paragraph (b)(3)
of this Report and Order, including this accordance with section 603(a) of the
by revising the Limitations entries in the
FRFA, in a report to be sent to Congress Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601–
Frequency or band entries 460.650
pursuant to the Congressional Review 612.
through 460.89375 and 465.650 through
Act. In addition, the Commission will List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 90 465.89375;
send a copy of this Report and Order, ■ b. Revise paragraph (c)(48);
including this FRFA, to the Chief Communications equipment, Radio,
Counsel for Advocacy of the SBA. A Reporting and recordkeeping ■ c. Revise paragraph (c)(61)(i) through
copy of this Report and Order and FRFA requirements. (c)(61)(iii) (The table following
(or summaries thereof) will also be Federal Communications Commission. paragraph (c)(61)(iv) remains
published in the Federal Register. unchanged);
Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary. ■ d. Add paragraph (c)(61)(v); and
III. Ordering Clauses
■ e. Revise paragraph (c)(68).
27. Accordingly, pursuant to sections Rule Changes
4(i), 303(f), 303(r), and 332 of the § 90.35 Industrial/Business Pool.
Communications Act of 1934, as ■ For the reasons discussed in the * * * * *
amended, 47 U.S.C. 154(i), 303(f), 303(r) preamble, the Federal Communications
and 332, this Report and Order is Commission amends 47 CFR part 90 as (b) * * *
adopted. follows: (3) * * *

INDUSTRIAL/BUSINESS POOL FREQUENCY TABLE


Frequency or band Class of station(s) Limitations Coordinator

* * * * * * *
460.650 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 61, 62
460.65625 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.6625 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 61, 62, 69
460.66875 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.675 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 61, 62
460.68125 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.6875 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 61, 62, 69
460.69375 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.700 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 61, 62
460.70625 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.7125 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 61, 62, 69
460.71875 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.725 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 61, 62
460.73125 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.7375 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 61, 62, 69
460.74375 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.750 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 61, 62
460.75625 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.7625 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 61, 62, 69
460.76875 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.775 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 61, 62
460.78125 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.7875 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 61, 62, 69
460.79375 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.800 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 61, 62
460.80625 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.8125 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 61, 62, 69
460.81875 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.825 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 61, 62
460.83125 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.8375 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 61, 62, 69
460.84375 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.850 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 61, 62
460.85625 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.8625 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 61, 62, 69
460.86875 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62

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INDUSTRIAL/BUSINESS POOL FREQUENCY TABLE—Continued


Frequency or band Class of station(s) Limitations Coordinator

460.875 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 61, 62


460.88125 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62
460.8875 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 61, 62, 69
460.89375 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 61, 62

* * * * * * *
465.650 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 62, 68
465.65625 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.6625 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 62, 68, 69
465.66875 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.675 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 62, 68
465.68125 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.6875 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 62, 68, 69
465.69375 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.700 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 62, 68
465.70625 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.7125 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 62, 68, 69
465.71875 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.725 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 62, 68
465.73125 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.7375 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 62, 68, 69
465.74375 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.750 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 62, 68
465.75625 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.7625 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 62, 68, 69
465.76875 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.775 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 62, 68
465.78125 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.7875 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 62, 68, 69
465.79375 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.800 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 62, 68
465.80625 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.8125 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 62, 68, 69
465.81875 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.825 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 62, 68
465.83125 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.8375 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 62, 68, 69
465.84375 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.850 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 62, 68
465.85625 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.8625 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 62, 68, 69
465.86875 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.875 ..................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 62, 68
465.88125 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68
465.8875 ................................................................... ......do ........................................................................ 30, 62, 68, 69
465.89375 ................................................................. ......do ........................................................................ 33, 62, 68

* * * * * (ERP) of 100 watts at locations within 16 April 25, 2005, may continue to operate
(c) * * * km (10 miles) of the coordinates of the with facilities authorized as of that date.
(48) Operation on this frequency is listed airports. * * * * *
limited to a maximum output power of (ii) To stations in the Industrial/ (v) Stations operating on the
20 watts. Business Pool for secondary use at frequencies subject to the provisions of
* * * * * locations 80 km (approximately 50 § 90.35(b)(69) will be limited to a
(61) This frequency is available for miles) or more from the coordinates of maximum output power of 2 watts until
assignment as follows: the listed airports. Operation will be January 30, 2006, which is thirty days
(i) To persons furnishing commercial limited to a maximum ERP of 300 watts. after the December 31, 2005 lifting of
air transportation service or, pursuant to (iii) To stations in the Industrial/ the freeze on the filing of high powered
§ 90.179, to an entity furnishing radio Business Pool for secondary use at applications for 12.5 kHz offset
communications service to persons so locations greater than 16 km channels in the 460–470 MHz band.
engaged, for stations located on or near (approximately 10 miles) but less than * * * * *
the airports listed in paragraph 80 km (approximately 50 miles) from (68) Each station authorized on this
(c)(61)(iv) of this section. Stations will the coordinates of the listed airports. frequency will be classified and
be authorized on a primary basis and Operation will be limited to a maximum licensed as a mobile station. Any units
may be used only in connection with ERP of 10 watts. Use of this frequency of such a station, however, may provide
servicing and supplying of aircraft. is restricted to the confines of an the operational functions of a base
Operation on this frequency is limited industrial complex or manufacturing station on a secondary basis to mobile
to a maximum effective radiated power yard area. Stations licensed prior to service operations provided that the

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vertical separation between control DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Background and Need for Action
point or ground level and the center of The existing management background
the radiating portion of the antenna of National Oceanic and Atmospheric
and explanation of the need for this
any units so used does not exceed 8 Administration
action were described in the preamble
meters (approximately 25 feet). This to the proposed rule published in the
frequency is available for assignment as 50 CFR Part 679
Federal Register on November 26, 2004
follows: [Docket No. 041110318–5055–02; I.D. (69 FR 68865). In summary, the Council
(i) To persons furnishing commercial 110504E] recommended simplifying certain
air transportation service or, pursuant to RIN 0648–AS00 administrative processes associated
§ 90.179, to an entity furnishing radio with CDQ transfers, prohibited species
communications service to persons so Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic quota (PSQ) transfers, and alternative
engaged, for stations located on or near Zone Off Alaska; Revisions to Western fishing plans (collectively, Issue 8) as
the airports listed in paragraph Alaska Community Development part of its comprehensive
(c)(61)(iv) of this section. Stations will Quota Program recommendation for the eight separate
issues comprising Amendment 71 to the
be authorized on a primary basis and AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
BSAI FMP. This action will implement
may be used only in connection with Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
the particular changes recommended for
servicing and supplying of aircraft. Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Issue 8, as well as associated changes to
Operation on this frequency is limited Commerce.
the eligible vessel approval process that
to a maximum effective radiated power ACTION: Final rule.
NMFS has determined are related in
(ERP) of 40 watts at locations within 16 nature and scope to the Council’s
SUMMARY: NMFS issues a final rule to
km (approximately 10 miles) of the recommendations for alternative fishing
revise regulations governing the
coordinates of the listed airports. plans.
Western Alaska Community
(ii) To stations in the Industrial/ Development Quota (CDQ) Program. Elements of this Rule
Business Pool for secondary use at These regulatory amendments will
locations 80 km (approximately 50 simplify the processes for making quota This rule will make the following
miles) or more from the coordinates of transfers, for authorizing vessels as revisions to CDQ Program regulations at
the listed airports. Operation will be eligible to participate in the CDQ 50 CFR part 679:
limited to a maximum ERP of 120 watts. fisheries, and for obtaining approval of 1. Revise § 679.30(e) to allow CDQ
Wide area operation will not be alternative fishing plans. This action is groups to transfer groundfish CDQ and
necessary to improve NMFS’s ability to halibut CDQ by submitting transfer
permitted. The area of normal, day-to-
effectively administer the CDQ Program. requests directly to NMFS and to
day operations will be described in the
It is intended to further the goals and remove the requirement that these
application. transfers be made through amendments
objectives of the Fishery Management
(iii) To stations in the Industrial/ Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea to CDQ groups’ community
Business Pool for secondary use at and Aleutian Islands Management Area development plans (CDPs). CDQ transfer
locations greater than 16 km (BSAI FMP). requests will no longer have to be
(approximately 10 miles) but less than DATES: Effective April 25, 2005. submitted to the State of Alaska (State)
80 km (approximately 50 miles) from ADDRESSES: Copies of the Categorical
for review before being submitted to
the coordinates of the listed airports. Exclusion and the Regulatory Impact NMFS.
Operation will be limited to a maximum Review/Initial Regulatory Flexibility 2. Revise § 679.30(e) to allow CDQ
ERP of 6 watts. Use of this frequency is Analysis (RIR/IRFA) and the Final groups to transfer prohibited species
restricted to the confines of an Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (FRFA) quota (PSQ) by submitting transfer
industrial complex or manufacturing prepared for this action may be obtained requests directly to NMFS and to
yard area. Stations licensed prior to by mail from the Sustainable Fisheries remove the requirement that these
April 25, 2005, may continue to operate Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. transfers be made through amendments
with facilities authorized as of that date. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668, to the CDPs. PSQ transfer requests will
Attn: Lori Durall, or from the NMFS no longer have to be submitted to the
(iv) Stations operating on the State for review before being submitted
frequencies subject to the provisions of Alaska Region website at
www.fakr.noaa.gov. to NMFS. In addition, this action will
§ 90.35(b)(69) will be limited to a allow the transfer of PSQ during any
maximum output power of 2 watts until FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: month of the year and allow transfers of
January 30, 2006, which is thirty days Obren Davis, 907–586–7228 or PSQ without an associated transfer of
after the December 31, 2005 lifting of obren.davis@noaa.gov. CDQ. The CDQ and PSQ transfer
the freeze on the filing of high powered SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The process will become an in-season
applications for 12.5 kHz offset groundfish fisheries in the exclusive management function of NMFS.
channels in the 460–470 MHz band. economic zone of the Bering Sea and 3. Remove the requirements at
* * * * * Aleutian Islands Area (BSAI) are § 679.30(a) that fishing plan forms and
managed under the BSAI FMP. The a list of eligible vessels be included in
[FR Doc. 05–5843 Filed 3–23–05; 8:45 am] North Pacific Fishery Management a group’s CDP. Vessel eligibility
BILLING CODE 6712–01–P Council (Council) prepared the BSAI requirements are added to redesignated
FMP pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens and revised § 679.32(c) to require that:
Fishery Conservation and Management CDQ groups request and obtain
Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. eligibility approval from NMFS for all
1801, et seq. Regulations governing the vessels groundfish CDQ fishing and for
BSAI FMP appear at 50 CFR part 679. vessels equal to or greater than 60 feet
General regulations governing U.S. (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) that
fisheries also appear at 50 CFR part 600. are halibut CDQ fishing before these

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