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1  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved MHz Reconfiguration National Spectrum Managers Association (NSMA) May 16, 2006

2  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved. 2 Agenda A.800 MHz Reconfiguration Overview  800 MHz Reconfiguration: Background/What, Why and How?  800 MHz Transition Administrator, LLC  800 MHz Band: Old Channels versus Reconfigured Channels  Regional Prioritization Plan  Schedule Status B.Reconfiguration Update  Where are WE Now  Improvements & Clarifications  Agreements – Status & Steps C.Reconfiguration Activities  Frequency Proposals & Reports

3  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved. 3 A. 800 MHz Reconfiguration Overview

4  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved MHz Band Reconfiguration Background The 800 MHz reconfiguration is a component of the FCC’s plan to address the harmful interference to public safety communication systems operating in the 800 MHz band.

5  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved MHz Reconfiguration Overview  The 800 MHz reconfiguration is a component of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to address harmful interference to public safety communication systems operating in the 800 MHz band.  Impacted Incumbent licensees must reconfigure in accordance with the FCC’s R&O.  Sprint Nextel must pay the Reconfiguring Licensee’s “reasonable and prudent” costs that are directly related to band reconfiguration. Sprint Nextel is required to negotiate a Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement (FRA) with each Reconfiguring Licensee.  The TA has adopted a Regional Prioritization Plan, which provides for four reconfiguration “Waves,” each of which will have two “Stages”

6  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved. 6 Who will Pay for MY Reconfiguration?  Sprint Nextel is generally responsible for the cost of relocating all affected 800 MHz incumbents to new spectrum with comparable facilities to those presently in use.  To ensure that adequate funding is available for the entire 800 MHz reconfiguration, the FCC has required Sprint Nextel to secure irrevocable Letters of Credit in the amount of $2.5 billion and commit to providing additional funding if necessary.  Generally, costs that are reasonable, prudent, and directly related to obtaining comparable facilities to those presently in use are reimbursable.

7  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved MHz Band: Old Channels versus Reconfigured Channels

8  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved. 8 Regional Prioritization Plan Channels are the frequencies in the MHz / MHz band. Licensees with those frequencies reconfigure first to clear space for the NPSPAC licensees

9  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved. 9 Schedule Status

10  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved B. Reconfiguration Update

11  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved. 11 Channels 1-120: Planning & Negotiation Windows Channels – Where are WE Now?  Waves 1 & 2 have completed Negotiation  Wave 3 is currently in Mandatory Negotiation Period  Wave 4 is Pending

12  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved. 12 NPSPAC: Planning & Negotiation Windows NPSPAC Waves have NOT commenced yet. NPSPAC – Where are WE Now?

13  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved. 13 Improvements and Clarification: Reconfiguration Timeline

14  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved. 14 Improvements and Clarification: Adjusted NPSPAC Start Dates NPSPAC Wave 2, Stage 2 August 1, 2006 Wave 3, Stage 2 November 1, 2006 Based on these dates, the Voluntary and Mandatory Negotiation Periods will occur as follows: Adjusted start dates for NPSPAC licensees in Waves 2 and 3:

15  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved C. Reconfiguration Activities Frequency Proposals & Reports

16  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved New Frequency Proposals: What to Expect In conjunction with the start of your assigned Wave and Stage….  The TA will forward a Frequency Proposal Report (FPR) to those licensees who must change operating frequencies as part of reconfiguration.  Not all of the current frequencies on a license may need to be reconfigured.  Only base station frequencies that must be reconfigured will be included in the FPR.  Mobile and control station frequencies will be changed to appropriate frequencies in the MHz range depending on their related base station frequencies.

17  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Expansion Band Frequency Proposal Expansion Band  MHz/ MHz ( MHz/ MHz in certain areas of the Southeast U.S, except within a 70 mile radius of Atlanta where it is MHz/ MHz)  Public Safety licensees may elect to remain in the Expansion Band  Licensees must notify the TA of their election by completing and returning an Expansion Band Election Form via to or by fax to (866)  The TA will accept licensee elections to remain in the Expansion Band immediately and is requesting all elections be submitted no later than :

18  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved  Licensees who elect to remain in the Expansion Band are entitled to full interference protection.  The Expansion Band channels from which Public Safety licensees reconfigure will be available to commercial Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) operators after reconfiguration and will no longer be Public Safety Pool channels.  Public safety entities that do not make an election to remain in the Expansion Band will be relocated at Sprint Nextel's expense. Expansion Band Frequency Proposal

19  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Guard Band Elections Guard Band  Incumbent licensees currently operating on frequencies between MHz/ MHz may elect to relocate to the Guard Band ( MHz/ MHz), except in the Southeastern U.S where there is no guard band.  Licensees electing to relocate to the Guard Band should notify the TA of their election by submitting a Guard Band Election Form via to or by fax to (866)  Licensees electing to relocate to the Guard Band should submit their elections as soon as possible but no later than:

20  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Voluntary Guard Band Elections  Incumbent Licensees currently operating on frequencies between MHz/ MHz may elect to relocate voluntarily to the Guard Band at their own expense, except in the Southeastern U.S where there is no guard band  Licensees electing to relocate voluntarily to the Guard Band should notify the TA of their election by completing and returning a Voluntary Guard Band Election Form, available on the TA's website, via to or by fax to  Licensees should submit Voluntary Guard Band Elections no later than March 1, 2006 for licensees in Waves 1,2, & 3 and July 3, 2006 for licensees in Wave 4.

21  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Proposed New Frequencies The Transition Administrator (TA) has evaluated proposed frequencies and location information to ascertain that:  A new frequency will be proposed for each reconfiguring frequency that you are authorized to operate for your call sign.  You are eligible to operate on the frequency(ies) that have been proposed.  You will have no co-channel licensees and locations that are not in compliance with FCC short-spacing rules found in 47 C.F.R , or to whom you are not currently co-channeled on a short-spaced basis.

22  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Licensee Rights for Proposed New Frequency Comparability Comparable facilities will provide the same level of service/operational capability as a licensee’s existing facilities. Comparable frequencies include:  Equivalent channel capacity  Equivalent signaling capability, baud rate, and access time  Coextensive geographic coverage  Equivalent operating costs The FCC requires that licensees receive comparable, not necessarily better, facilities, including frequencies. Reconfiguring licensees are not entitled to their choice of specific frequencies. PLEASE NOTE: Licensees are responsible for determining comparability.

23  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Right to Resources  Licensees may utilize certified Frequency Coordinators or other qualified experts or consultants to review proposed frequencies.  Licensees may negotiate for reimbursement of reasonable costs for frequency coordination.  Licensees should evaluate resources selected for reconfiguration work based on proven experience performing similar tasks.  Carefully consider the competency of resources with limited historical experience. Licensee Rights for Proposed New Frequency

24  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Overview of Frequency Proposal Report The Frequency Proposal Report includes the following information:  Licensee name and address information for listed call signs.  The current base station transmit frequencies requiring reconfiguration and the proposed replacement frequencies.  A listing of the expected co-channel licensees within 113 Kilometers of your site location following reconfiguration.  A listing of the current frequency co-channel environment  Explanation of Remark Codes Contact the TA if you believe your license contains frequencies that are supposed to be reconfigured but that are not covered in your FPR.

25  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Frequency Proposal Report Section 1 Sample Licensee name and address information for the listed call sign. This is the Call sign for which the Report covers. The FPR is only for this Call Sign

26  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Frequency Proposal Report Section 2 Sample Proposed New Frequencies Remark Code Explanation are in Section 5

27  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Frequency Proposal Report Section 3 Sample Proposed New Frequency Environment for call sign after Sprint Nextel Reconfiguration

28  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Frequency Proposal Report Section 4 Sample List of all call signs in licensees’ current co-channel environment

29  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Frequency Proposal Report Section 5 Sample This section explains Remark Codes in Sections 2, 3 & 4 Data is valid as of this time stamp

30  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Frequency Proposal Report Section 5 Sample

31  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Frequency Proposal Report Licensees will access online information via a unique web address for each call sign (Call Sign URLs).  The Call Sign URL will give access to a full and updated Frequency Proposal Report (FPR) that includes co-channel licensee.  Licensees can use the URL during reconfiguration to obtain updated co-channel information.  The TA may also use the URL to provide other information services, such as the ability to do frequency searches around the fixed locations for a given call sign.

32  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Contact Information  TA Contact:  Phone:  Fax:   Website:  Sprint Nextel Contact:  Fax: 

33  800 MHz Transition Administrator, All rights reserved Contact Information  Wave Points of Contact  Shane Satterlund – Wave 1  Weldon “Joe” Blair – Wave 2  Tom Brooks, Jr. – Wave 3  David Buchanan – Wave 4  Sprint Nextel Contact:  Fax:   TA & Wave Points of Contact:  Phone:  Fax:   Website:


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