• The association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International filed two formal petitions regarding the FCC’S 6 GHz rules, approved in April.  A petition for reconsideration urges the FCC to repeal the new rules and fix numerous problems. The FCC’s new rules allow operation of unlicensed standard-power and low-power transmitters. The commission established different rules for the two types of access points to reduce the likelihood of interference. For standard-power devices, the ability to prevent interference depends on an automated frequency coordination (AFC) system’s ability to assign.  AFC is relatively new concept that has never been used for sharing spectrum with public safety. APCO said its unclear if any AFC testing will be required or take place.

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