Public Safety Spectrum Coordination Projects
Here is an overview of major projects that the Public Safety Spectrum Coordination Program manages.
Montana Mutual Aid and Common Frequencies Manual
The Montana Mutual Aid and Common Frequency Manual is devoted to plans, policies, procedures and practical applications for using VHF-high band frequencies for mutual aid and common use. Responders from different agencies and jurisdictions use these to communicate during incidents and disasters where neighboring responders are needed for mutual aid assistance. The latest version of the manual is available on our website.
Mutual Aid and Common Frequencies Permitting
The Mutual Aid Frequencies Online Permit Request Service allows you to request a new permit; view, print or modify an existing one; or view or print an approved permit. You will need to provide an e-mail address, which will be used to notify you of action taken on your permit request. The State of Montana licenses mutual aid frequencies for general use, law enforcement, fire and EMS. Access applications may be submitted electronically using this online request service.
700 & 800 MHz Regional Planning and Broadband Initiatives
The purpose of the 700 MHz Regional Plan is to ensure that eligible entities derive maximum public benefit from use of the 700 MHz spectrum. The plan also was developed to guide eligible entities through the application process by outlining procedures used to manage and allocate spectrum. In addition, the plan provides an equitable means of settling disputes concerning frequency allocations should they arise.
In 1998, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established a structure to allow Regional Planning Committees (RPCs) to develop an 800 MHz Regional Plan. The State of Montana is a single planning region (Region 25) for both the 700 MHz and 800 MHz public safety bands.
Jan. 1, 2013 was the deadline for all VHF and UHF public safety and industrial/business Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems in the 150-174 and 421-512 MHz bands to migrate from 25 kilohertz channel bandwidth to 12.5 kilohertz or narrower technology. PSCB remains committed to helping local, tribal and state agencies walk through the narrowbanding relicensing process. A number of resources are available are described on the PSCB Narrowbanding Website.