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Title 47Chapter ISubchapter APart 15Subpart G → §15.615


Title 47: Telecommunication
PART 15—RADIO FREQUENCY DEVICES
Subpart G—Access Broadband Over Power Line (Access BPL)


§15.615   General administrative requirements.

(a) Access BPL Database. Entities operating Access BPL systems shall supply to an industry-recognized entity, information on all existing Access BPL systems and all proposed Access BPL systems for inclusion into a publicly available data base, within 30 days prior to initiation of service. Such information shall include the following:

(1) The name of the Access BPL provider.

(2) The frequencies of the Access BPL operation.

(3) The postal zip codes served by the specific Access BPL operation.

(4) The manufacturer and type of Access BPL equipment and its associated FCC ID number, or, in the case of Access BPL equipment that has not been subject to certification in the past, the Trade Name and Model Number, as specified on the equipment label.

(5) The contact information, including both phone number and e-mail address of a person at, or associated with, the BPL operator's company, to facilitate the resolution of any interference complaint.

(6) The proposed/or actual date of Access BPL operation.

(b) The Access BPL database manager shall enter this information into the publicly accessible database within three (3) business days of receipt.

(c) No notification to the Commission is required.

(d) A licensed spectrum user experiencing harmful interference that is suspected to be caused by an Access BPL system shall inform the local BPL operator's contact person designated in the Access BPL database. The investigation of the reported interference and the resolution of confirmed harmful interference from the Access BPL system shall be successfully completed by the BPL operator within a reasonable time period according to a mutually acceptable schedule, after the receipt of an interference complaint, in order to avoid protracted disruptions to licensed services. The Access BPL operator shall respond to complaints of harmful interference from public safety users within 24 hours. With regard to public safety complaints, the BPL provider shall be required to immediately cease the operations causing such complaint if it fails to respond within 24 hours.

(e) Consultation with public safety users. An entity operating an Access BPL system shall notify and consult with the public safety users in the area where it plans to deploy Access BPL, at least 30 days prior to initiation of any operation or service. This entity shall design or implement the Access BPL system such that it does not cause harmful interference in those frequencies or bands used by the public safety agencies in the area served by the Access BPL system. The notification shall include, at a minimum, the information in paragraph (a) of this section.

(f) Federal government spectrum users and other radio service users. An entity operating an Access BPL system shall ensure that, within its Access BPL deployment area, its system does not operate on any frequencies designated as excluded bands or on identified frequencies within any designated exclusion zones.

(1) Excluded Bands. To protect Aeronautical (land) stations and aircraft receivers, Access BPL operations using overhead medium voltage power lines are prohibited in the frequency bands listed in Table 1. Specifically, such BPL systems shall not place carrier frequencies in these bands.

Table 1—Excluded Frequency Bands

Frequency band
2,850-3,025 kHz
3,400-3,500 kHz
4,650-4,700 kHz
5,450-5,680 kHz
6,525-6,685 kHz
8,815-8,965 kHz
10,005-10,100 kHz
11,275-11,400 kHz
13,260-13,360 kHz
17,900-17,970 kHz
21,924-22,000 kHz
74.8-75.2 MHz

(2) Exclusion zones. Exclusion zones encompass the operation of any Access BPL system within 1km of the boundary of coast station facilities at the coordinates listed in Tables 2 and 2.1. Exclusion zones also encompass the operation of Access BPL systems using overhead medium voltage power lines within 65 km of the Very Large Array observatory located at the coordinate 34°0443.50; N, 107°3703.82 W. Exclusion zones further encompass the operation of Access BPL systems using overhead low voltage power lines or underground power lines within 47 km of the Very Large Array observatory located at the coordinate 34°0443.50; N, 107°3703.82 W. Within the exclusion zones for coast stations, Access BPL systems shall not use carrier frequencies within the band of 2173.5-2190.5 kHz. Within the exclusion zone for the Very Large Array radio astronomy observatory, Access BPL systems shall not use carrier frequencies within the 73.0-74.6 MHz band.

(i) Existing coast station facilities. Access BPL systems shall not operate in the frequency band 2,173.5-2,190.5 kHz, within 1 kilometer (km) of the boundary of coast station facilities at the coordinates listed in Tables 2 and 2.1. BPL operators planning to deploy Access BPL devices at these frequencies in areas within these exclusion zones as defined above shall consult with the appropriate point of contact for these coast stations to ensure harmful interference is prevented at these facilities.

Point of contact: Commandant (CG 622), U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 2nd Street, SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001, Telephone: (202) 267-2860, e-mail: cgcomms@comdt.uscg.mil.

Table 2—Exclusion Zones for U.S. Coast Guard Coast Stations

Locale Latitude Longitude
Group Guam13°3523 N144°5024 E
GANTSEC18°1800 N65°4659 W
Puerto Rico18°2811 N66°0747 W
Honolulu21°1821 N157°5323 W
Group Key West24°3335 N81°4759 W
Trumbo Point CG Base24°3358 N81°4757 W
Miami25°3728 N80°2307 W
Everglades Park25°5010 N81°2313 W
Group Saint Petersburg (Everglades)25°5100 N81°2324 W
Station Ft. Lauderdale26°0521 N80°0640 W
Station Ft. Myers Beach26°2734 N81°5715 W
Group Miami (Ft. Pierce)27°2736 N80°1836 W
Station Ft. Pierce27°2750 N80°1827 W
Group Corpus Christi27°4201 N97°1611 W
Group Corpus Christi27°4206 N97°1645 W
ESD Saint Petersburg27°4521 N82°3732 W
Group Saint Petersburg27°4611 N82°3747 W
Station Port O'Connor28°2603 N96°2539 W
S. Padre Island28°2622 N97°0956 W
Freeport28°5559 N95°1659 W
Group Galveston (Freeport)28°5624 N95°1759 W
Station YANKEETOWN29°0151 N82°4339 W
Station Ponce De Leon Inlet29°0350 N81°5501 W
Group New Orleans (Grand Isle)29°1553 N89°5726 W
Galveston29°1959 N94°4618 W
Kapalan29°2004 N94°4717 W
Sabine29°4342 N93°5214 W
New Orleans30°0117 N90°0724 W
Panama City30°1001 N85°4504 W
Group Mobile (Panama City)30°1012 N85°4536 W
ANT Jacksonville Beach30°1716 N81°2410 W
Pensacola30°2024 N87°1817 W
Group Mayport30°2310 N81°2601 W
Group Mayport30°2324 N81°2548 W
Ft. Morgan30°3907 N88°0312 W
Tybee Lighthouse32°0115 N80°5039 W
Point Loma Lighthouse32°3956 N117°1434 W
Point Loma32°4007 N117°1414 W
Activities San Diego32°4359 N117°1113 W
Group Charleston (Sullivan's Island)32°4500 N79°4947 W
Sullivan's Island Lights32°4502 N79°5003 W
Group Charleston32°4625 N79°5637 W
Group San Diego32°5248 N118°2623 W
San Pedro33°4500 N118°1558 W
Group Fort Macon33°5324 N78°0148 W
Point Mugu33°5932 N119°0718 W
Group LA/Long Beach34°0711 N119°0635 W
Channel Island34°0917 N119°1311 W
Station Oxnard Channel Island34°0943 N119°1319 W
Group Ft. Macon34°4148 N76°4059 W
Group Cape Hatteras35°1359 N75°3159 W
Group Cape Hatteras35°1535 N75°3148 W
Morro Bay (Cambria)35°3121 N121°0331 W
San Clemente Island32°5024 N118°2315 W
Point Pinos36°3812 N121°5606 W
CAMSLANT36°4347 N76°0111 W
Group Hampton Roads36°5301 N76°2110 W
Point Montara37°3123 N122°3047 W
Point Montara Lighthouse37°3209 N122°3108 W
Group San Francisco37°3223 N122°3111 W
Group San Francisco37°4834 N122°2155 W
Point Bonita37°4900 N122°3141 W
Group Eastern Shores37°5547 N75°2247 W
Group Eastern Shore37°5550 N75°2258 W
CAMSPAC38°0600 N122°5548 W
Point Arena Lighthouse38°5718 N124°4428 W
Point Arena38°5736 N123°4423 W
Group Atlantic City39°2059 N74°2742 W
Activities New York40°3606 N74°0336 W
Activities New York40°3711 N74°0411 W
ESD Moriches Hut40°4719 N72°4453 W
Group Moriches40°4723 N72°4500 W
Group Humboldt Bay40°5841 N124°0631 W
Group Humboldt Bay40°5847 N124°0635 W
Trinidad Head41°0315 N124°0902 W
Group Long Island Sound41°1612 N72°5400 W
Station New Haven41°1612 N72°5406 W
Station Brant Point41°1721 N70°0531 W
Group Woods Hole41°1723 N70°0447 W
Station Castle Hill41°2746 N71°2142 W
Group Woods Hole41°1729 N70°40107 W
Boston Area41°4012 N70°3148 W
Station Provincetown42°0148 N70°1242 W
Eastern Point42°3624 N70°3926 W
Cape Blanco42°5016 N124°3352 W
Group North Bend43°2416 N124°1322 W
Group North Bend43°2435 N124°1423 W
Cape Elizabeth43°3328 N70°1200 W
Group South Portland43°3824 N70°1500 W
Group South Portland43°3845 N70°1451 W
Group SW Harbor44°1619 N68°1827 W
Group Southwest Harbor44°1648 N68°1836 W
Fort Stevens, Oregon46°0914 N123°5307 W
Group Astoria46°0929 N123°3148 W
Group Astoria46°0935 N123°5324 W
La Push47°4900 N124°3759 W
Station Quillayute River47°5449 N124°3801 W
Port Angeles48°0759 N123°2559 W
Group Port Angeles48°0824 N123°2435 W
Juneau (Sitka)57°0524 N135°1535 W
Kodiak57°4047 N152°2847 W
Valdez (Cape Hinchinbrook)60°2623 N146°2548 W

Note: Systems of coordinates comply with NAD 83.

Table 2.1—Exclusion Zones for Maritime Public Coast Stations

[Points of Contact Are Identified in the Commission's License Database]

Licensee name Location Latitude Longitude
Shipcom LLCMarina Del Ray, CA33°5621 N118°2714 W
Globe WirelessRio Vista, CA38°1155 N121°4834 W
Avalon Communications CorpSt. Thomas, VI18°2119 N64°5648 W
Globe WirelessBishopville, MD38°2410 N75°1259 W
Shipcom LLCMobile, AL30°4007 N88°1023 W
Shipcom LLCCoden, AL30°2235 N88°1220 W
Globe WirelessPearl River, LA30°2213 N89°4726 W
Globe WirelessKahalelani, HI21°1033 N157°1039 W
Globe WirelessPalo Alto, CA37°2644 N122°0648 W
Globe WirelessAgana, GU13°2922 N144°4939 E

Note: Systems of coordinates comply with NAD 83.

(ii) New or relocated Coast stations. In the unlikely event that a new or relocated coast station is established for the 2.173.5-2.190.5 kHz band at a coordinate not specified in Table 2 or 2.1, Access BPL operations in that frequency band shall also be excluded within 1 km of the new coast station facility;

(3) Consultation areas. Access BPL operators shall provide notification to the appropriate point of contact specified regarding Access BPL operations at any frequencies of potential concern in the following consultation areas, at least 30 days prior to initiation of any operation or service. The notification shall include, at a minimum, the information in paragraph (a) of this section. We expect parties to consult in good faith to ensure that no harmful interference is caused to licensed operations and that any constraints on BPL deployments are minimized to those necessary to avoid harmful interference. In the unlikely event that a new or relocated aeronautical receive station is established for the 1.7-30 MHz band at a coordinate not specified in Table 3b, Access BPL operators are also required to coordinate with the appropriate point of contact regarding Access BPL operations at any frequencies of potential concern in the new or relocated consultation areas, and to adjust their system operating parameters to protect the new or relocated aeronautical receive station.

(i) For frequencies in the 1.7-30 MHz frequency range, the areas within 4 km of facilities located at the following coordinates:

(A) The Commission's protected field offices listed in 47 CFR 0.121, the point-of-contact for which is specified in that section;

(B) The aeronautical stations listed in Tables 3a and 3b;

(C) The land stations listed in Tables 4 and 5;

(ii) For frequencies in the 1.7-80.0 MHz frequency range, the areas within 4 km of facilities located at the coordinates specified for radio astronomy facilities in 47 CFR 2.106, Note U.S. 311.

Point of contact: Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager, National Science Foundation, Division of Astronomical Sciences, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1045, Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 292-4896, esm@nsf.gov.

(iii) For frequencies in the 1.7-80 MHz frequency range, the area within 1 km of the Table Mountain Radio Receiving Zone, the coordinates and point of contact for which are specified in 47 CFR 21.113(b).

(iv) For frequencies in the 1.7-30 MHz frequency range, the areas within 37 km of radar receiver facilities located at the coordinates specified in Table 6.

Point of contact: U.S. Coast Guard HQ, Division of Spectrum Management CG-622, 2100 Second St., SW., Rm. 6611, Washington, DC 20593, Tel: (202) 267-6036, Fax: (202) 267-4106, e-mail: jtaboada@comdt.uscg.mil.

Table 3a—Consultation Area Coordinates for Aeronautical (OR) Stations (1.7-30 MHz)

Command name Location Latitude Longitude
WashingtonArlington, VA38°5107 N77°0215 W
Cape CodCape Cod, MA41°4200 N70°3000 W
Atlantic CityAtlantic City, NJ39°2059 N74°2742 W
Elizabeth CityElizabeth City, NC36°1553 N76°1032 W
SavannahSavannah, GA32°0130 N81°0830 W
MiamiOpa Locka, FL25°5422 N80°1601 W
ClearwaterClearwater, FL27°5427 N82°4129 W
BorinquenAguadilla, PR18°1836 N67°0448 W
New OrleansNew Orleans, LA29°4931 N90°0206 W
Traverse CityTraverse City, MI44°4424 N85°3454 W
San DiegoSan Diego, CA32°4333 N117°1015 W
SacramentoMcCllelan AFB, CA38°4006 N121°2404 W
AstoriaWarrenton, OR46°2518 N123°4746 W
North BendNorth Bend, OR43°2439 N124°1435 W
Barbers PointKapolei, HI21°1801 N158°0415 W
KodiakKodiak, AK57°4419 N152°3018 W
HoustonHouston, TX29°4500 N95°2200 W
DetroitMt. Clemens, MI42°3605 N82°5012 W
San FranciscoSan Francisco, CA37°3758 N122°2320 W
Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA33°5636 N118°2348 W
Humboldt BayMcKinleyville, CA40°5839 N124°0645 W
Port AngelesPort Angeles, WA48°0825 N123°2448 W
SitkaSitka, AK57°0550 N135°2158 W

Note: Systems of coordinates conform to NAD 83.

Point of contact: ARINC, 2551 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, Tel: 1-800-633-6882, Fax: (410) 266-2329, e-mail: arincmkt@arinc.com, http://www.arinc.com.

Point of contact: ARINC, 2551 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401, Tel: 1-800-633-6882, Fax: 410-266-2329, e-mail: bplnotifications@arinc.com, http://www.arinc.com.

Table 3b—Consultation Area Coordinates for Aeronautical Receive Stations (1.7-30 MHz)

LocaleLatitudeLongitude
Southampton, NY40°5515 N72°2341 W
Molokai, HI21°1223 N157°1230 W
Oahu, HI21°2227 N158°0556 W
Half Moon Bay, CA37°3964 N122°2444 W
Pt. Reyes, CA38°0600 N122°5600 W
Barrow, AK71°1724 N156°4012; W
Guam13°2812 N144°480.0 E (note: Eastern Hemisphere)
NY Comm Center, NY40°4648 N73°0546 W
Cedar Rapids, IA42°0205.0 N91°3837.6 W
Beaumont, CA33°5427.1 N116°5949.1 W
Fairfield, TX31°4702.6 N96°4703.0 W
Houston, TX29°3635.8 N95°1654.8 W
Miami, FL25°4905 N80°1828 W

Note: Systems of coordinates conform to NAD 83.

Point of contact: U.S. Coast Guard HQ, Division of Spectrum Management CG-622, 2100 Second St., SW., Rm. 6611, Washington, DC 20593, Tel: (202) 267-6036, Fax: (202) 267-4106, e-mail: jtaboada@comdt.uscg.mil.

Table 4—Consultation Area Coordinates for Land Stations, Set 1 (1.7-30 MHz)

Command name Location Latitude Longitude
COMMSTA BostonMaspee, MA41°2400 N70°1857 W
CamslantChesapeake, VA36°3359 N76°1523 W
COMMSTA MiamiMiami, FL25°3658 N80°2304 W
COMMSTA New OrleansBelle Chasse, IA29°5240 N89°5446 W
CamspacPt. Reyes Sta, CA38°0600 N122°5548 W
COMMSTA HonoluluWahiawa, HI21°3108 N157°5928 W
COMMSTA KodiakKodiak, AK57°0426 N152°2820 W
GuamFinegayan, GU13°5308 N144°5020 E

Note: Systems of coordinates conform to NAD 83.

Point of contact: COTHEN Technical Support Center, COTHEN Program Manager, Tel: (800) 829-6336.

Table 5—Consultation Area Coordinates for Land Stations, Set 2 (1.7-30 MHz)

Site name Latitude Longitude
Albuquerque, NM35°0502 N105°3423 W
Arecibo, PR18°1726 N66°2233 W
Atlanta, GA32°3306 N84°2335 W
Beaufort, SC34°3422 N76°0948 W
Cape Charles, VA37°0537 N75°5806 W
Cedar Rapids, IA42°0009 N91°1739 W
Denver, CO39°1545 N103°3423 W
Fort Myers, FL81°3120 N26°2001 W
Kansas City, MO38°2210 N93°2148 W
Las Vegas, NV36°2115 N114°1733 W
Lovelock, NV40°0307 N118°1856 W
Memphis, TN34°2157 N90°0243 W
Miami, FL25°4620 N80°2848 W
Morehead City, NC34°3450 N78°1359 W
Oklahoma City, OK34°3052 N97°3052 W
Orlando, FL28°3130 N80°4858 W
Reno, NV38°3112 N119°1437 W
Sarasota, FL27°1241 N81°3120 W
Wilmington, NC34°2924 N78°0431 W

Note: Systems of coordinates conform to NAD 83.

Point Of Contact: ROTHR Deputy Program Manager, (540) 653-3624.

Table 6—Consultation Area Coordinates for Radar Receiver Stations (1.7-30 MHz)

Latitude/Longitude
18°01 N/66°30 W
28°05 N/98°43 W
36°34 N/76°18 W

Note: Systems of coordinates conform to NAD 83.

[70 FR 1374, Jan. 7, 2005, as amended at 71 FR 49379, Aug. 23, 2006; 82 FR 50834, Nov. 2, 2017]

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