Spectrum Management

SM-15-006.01 Spectrum Management

Issue Date:  12/15/2014

Effective Date:  12/15/2014


GTA’s Spectrum Management Office manages Georgia's public safety frequency spectrum and assists public safety agencies in the FCC licensing application process.   The Spectrum Management Office reviews and recommends approval/disapproval of applications and license renewals, performs frequency searches, and provides limited assistance in the planning and designing of radio frequency (RF) communication systems.  The Spectrum Management Office also monitors and alerts licensees of any federal regulations or rulings that could adversely impact their license.

Title III of the Communications Act of 1934 vests the authority to regulate radio transmission and to issue licenses for radio stations to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).   The use and licensing of the public safety spectrum is governed in Title 47 of the United States Code.  Failure to adhere to the rules established in Title 47 may result in heavy fines and/or penalties to include termination or suspension of FCC license. The purpose of this standard is to ensure that State agencies are fully aware and comply with the federal regulations and policies governing the use and licensing of the public safety frequency spectrum.


Title 47 of United States Code, Part 90 – Private Land Mobile Radio Services


In all matters concerning radio frequencies used by Georgia’s public safety agencies:

1.  GTA’s Spectrum Management Office is the central processing center for all State public safety agencies license requests, renewals or changes.

2.  User agencies must submit requests for new licenses or changes to the Spectrum

Management Office using the “Radio Frequency Service Request Form” (see attachment).

3.  Licenses that are no longer needed or used by an agency must be reported to the Spectrum Management Office.

4.  Cancellation of license(s) will only be performed by the Spectrum Management Office.


In accordance with FCC Rule §90.173(b)…. “All applicants and licensees must cooperate in the selection and use of frequencies in order to reduce interference and make the most effective use of the authorized spectrum. Licensees of stations suffering or causing harmful interference are expected to cooperate and resolve these problems by mutually satisfactory arrangements. If the licensees are unable to do so, the FCC may impose restrictions including specifying the transmitter power, antenna height, or area or hours of operation of the stations concerned. Further, the use of any frequency at a given geographical location may be denied when, in the judgment of the FCC, its use in that location is not in the public interest; the use of any frequency may be restricted as to specified geographical areas, maximum power, or such other operating conditions, contained in this part or in the station authorization.”

In an effort to mitigate the possibility of being cited by the FCC, the following list of FCC rules represent some of the more common FCC rules that applicants and licensees are citied for violating.  Contact the Spectrum Management Office should you have any questions concerning these rules or the FCC.

FCC Rule §1.8001 “FCC Registration Number (FRN)”

FCC Rule §1.931 “Application for Special Temporary Authority”

FCC Rule §1.946 “Construction and Coverage Requirements”

FCC Rule Part 17 Subpart C  “Marking and Lighting of Antenna Structures”

FCC Rule §17.4 “Antenna Structure Registration”

FCC Rule §17.48 “Notification of Extinguishment or Improper Functioning of Lights”

FCC Rule §90.175 “Frequency Coordinator Requirement”

FCC Rule §90.437 “Posting Station Licenses”

FCC Rule Part 90 Subpart G “Applications and Authorizations”

FCC Rule Part 90 Subpart N “Operating Requirements”

Failure to adhere to these standards may result in penalties and/or fines by the FCC to include termination or suspension of FCC license.


GTA Spectrum Management Office:

Ralph Bevan

State Frequency Coordinator




Jim Mollohan

Spectrum Manager





Public Safety Frequency Spectrum - The radio frequencies set aside for use by law enforcement and public safety functions.  These are found in a number of state and local agencies including, but not limited to, the Department of Public Safety, Forestry Department, Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, police departments, county sheriff, fire and ambulance services.