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FCC 95.2509
Revised as of October 26, 2020
Goto Year:2020 | 2022
  §  95.2509   MBAN registration and frequency coordination.

   Operation of Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) devices is subject to the
   frequency coordination procedures in this section.

   (a) The FCC will designate a frequency coordinator(s) to manage the
   operation of medical body area networks by eligible health care
   facilities.

   (b) The frequency coordinator shall perform the following functions:

   (1) Register health care facilities that operate MBAN transmitters,
   maintain a database of these MBAN transmitter locations and operational
   parameters, and provide the FCC with information contained in the
   database upon request;

   (2) Determine if an MBAN is within line-of-sight of an Aeronautical
   Mobile Telemetry (AMT) receive facility in the 2360-2390 MHz band and
   coordinate MBAN operations with the designated AMT frequency
   coordinator, as specified in § 87.305 of this chapter;

   (3) Notify a registered health care facility when an MBAN has to change
   frequency within the 2360-2390 MHz band or to cease operating in the
   band, consistent with a coordination agreement between the MBAN and AMT
   frequency coordinators;

   (4) Develop procedures to ensure that registered health care facilities
   operate an MBAN consistent with the coordination requirements under
   this section; and,

   (5) Identify the MBAN that is the source of interference in response to
   a complaint from the AMT coordinator and notify the health care
   facility of alternative frequencies available for MBAN use or to cease
   operation consistent with the rules.

   (c) Registration. Prior to operating MBAN devices that are capable of
   operation in the 2360-2390 MHz band, a health care facility must
   register with a frequency coordinator designated under § 95.2509.
   Operation of MBAN devices in the 2360-2390 MHz band is prohibited prior
   to the MBAN coordinator notifying the health care facility that
   registration and coordination (to the extent coordination is required
   under paragraph (e) of this section) is complete. The registration must
   include the following information:

   (1) Specific frequencies or frequency range(s) within the 2360-2390 MHz
   band to be used, and the capabilities of the MBAN equipment to use the
   2390-2400 MHz band;

   (2) Equivalent isotropically radiated power;

   (3) Number of MedRadio programmer/control transmitters in use at the
   health care facility as of the date of registration, including
   manufacturer name(s) and model number(s) and FCC identification
   number(s);

   (4) Legal name of the health care facility;

   (5) Location of MedRadio programmer/control transmitters (e.g.,
   geographic coordinates, street address, building);

   (6) Point of contact for the health care facility (e.g., name, title,
   office address, phone number, fax number, email address); and,

   (7) In the event that an MBAN has to cease operating in all or a
   portion of the 2360-2390 MHz band due to interference under § 95.2525 or
   changes in coordination under paragraph (e) of this section, a point of
   contact (including contractors) for the health care facility that is
   responsible for ensuring that this change is effected whenever it is
   required (e.g., name, title, office address, phone number, fax number,
   email address). The health care facility also must state whether, in
   such cases, its MBAN operation is capable of defaulting to the
   2390-2400 MHz band and that it is responsible for ceasing MBAN
   operations in the 2360-2390 MHz band or defaulting traffic to other
   hospital systems.

   (d) Notification. A health care facility shall notify the MBAN
   frequency coordinator whenever an MBAN programmer/control transmitter
   in the 2360-2390 MHz band is permanently taken out of service, unless
   it is replaced with transmitter(s) using the same technical
   characteristics as those reported on the health care facility's
   registration, which will cover the replacement transmitter(s). A health
   care facility shall keep the information contained in each registration
   current and shall notify the MBAN frequency coordinator of any material
   change to the MBAN's location or operating parameters. In the event
   that the health care facility proposes to change the MBAN's location or
   operating parameters, the MBAN coordinator must first evaluate the
   proposed changes and comply with paragraph (e) of this section as
   appropriate before the health care facility may operate the MBAN in the
   2360-2390 MHz band under changed operating parameters.

   (e) Coordination procedures. The MBAN coordinator will determine if an
   MBAN is within the line-of-sight of an AMT receive facility in the
   2360-2390 MHz band and notify the health care facility when it may
   begin MBAN operations under the applicable procedures below.

   (1) If the MBAN is beyond the line-of-sight of an AMT receive facility,
   it may operate without prior coordination with the AMT coordinator,
   provided that the MBAN coordinator provides the AMT coordinator with
   the MBAN registration information and the AMT frequency coordinator
   concurs that the MBAN is beyond the line-of-sight prior to the MBAN
   beginning operations in the band.

   (2) If the MBAN is within line-of-sight of an AMT receive facility, the
   MBAN coordinator shall achieve a mutually satisfactory coordination
   agreement with the AMT coordinator prior to the MBAN beginning
   operations in the band. Such coordination agreement shall provide
   protection to AMT receive stations consistent with International
   Telecommunication Union (ITU) Recommendation ITU-R M.1459, "Protection
   criteria for telemetry systems in the aeronautical mobile service and
   mitigation techniques to facilitate sharing with geostationary
   broadcasting-satellite and mobile-satellite services in the bands 1
   452-1 525 and 2 310-2 360 MHz," May 2000, as adjusted using generally
   accepted engineering practices and standards that are mutually
   agreeable to both coordinators to take into account the local
   conditions and operating characteristics of the applicable AMT and MBAN
   facilities, and shall specify when the device shall limit its
   transmissions to segments of the 2360-2390 MHz band or must cease
   operation in the band. This ITU document is incorporated by reference
   into this section with the approval of the Director of the Federal
   Register under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 5 1. To enforce any
   edition other than that specified in this section, the Federal
   Communications Commission must publish a document in the Federal
   Register and the material must be available to the public. Copies of
   the recommendation may be obtained from ITU, Place des Nations, 1211
   Geneva 20, Switzerland, or online at
   http://www.itu.int/en/publications/Pages/default.aspx. You may inspect
   a copy at the Federal Communications Commission's Reference Information
   Center, located at the address of the FCC's main office indicated in 47
   CFR 0.401(a), Tel: (202) 418-0270, or at the National Archives and
   Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of
   this material at NARA call 202-741-6030 or go to
   http://www.archives.gov/federal__register/code__of__federal__regulation
   s/ibr__locations.html. "Generally accepted engineering practices and
   standards" include, but are not limited to, engineering analyses and
   measurement data as well as limiting MBAN operations in the band by
   time or frequency.

   (3) If an AMT operator plans to operate a receive site not previously
   analyzed by the MBAN coordinator to determine line-of-sight to an MBAN
   facility, the AMT operator shall consider using locations that are
   beyond the line-of-sight of a registered health care facility. If the
   AMT operator determines that non-line-of-sight locations are not
   practical for its purposes, the AMT coordinator shall notify the MBAN
   coordinator upon no less than 7 days notice that the registered health
   care facility must cease MBAN operations in the 2360-2390 MHz band,
   unless the parties can achieve a mutually satisfactory coordination
   agreement under paragraph (e)(2) of this section.

   (f) Coordinator functions. The MBAN frequency coordinator shall:

   (1) Provide registration and coordination of MBAN operations to all
   eligible health care facilities on a non-discriminatory basis;

   (2) Provide MBAN registration and coordination services on a
   not-for-profit basis;

   (3) Notify the FCC of its intent to no longer serve as frequency
   coordinator at least six months prior to ceasing to perform these
   functions; and

   (4) Transfer the MBAN registration data in usable form to a frequency
   coordinator designated by the FCC if it ceases to be the coordinator.

   [ 82 FR 41104 , Aug. 29, 2017, as amended at  85 FR 64411 , Oct. 13, 2020]

   


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