Background History & Links


The primary intent of the 800 MHz Reconfiguration Program is to end interference on public safety radio systems by separating signals from commercial wireless telephone networks from radio networks operated by public safety groups and other licensees. Separating the networks will require moving public safety licensee groups down to spectrum lower in the 800 MHz band and moving commercial cell phone companies up to higher spectrum in the band. The planned reconfiguration of the 800 MHz band includes building in a "guard band," or buffer, to ensure that signals from the different radio networks will not continue to interfere with each other.

Many of Indiana's Public Safety Agencies will be affected by rebanding and will be required to change frequencies. Indiana is one of the first states required to complete migration to the new frequencies. The Integrated Public Safety Commission/Project Hoosier SAFE-T staff is serving as an information/resource agency for this project.