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This section contains TA cost metric reports, inlcuding Planning Funding Agreement (PFA) metrics and Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement (FRA) metrics.
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Planning Funding Agreement (PFA) Metrics
Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement (FRA) Metrics


Planning Funding Agreement (PFA) Metrics

To assist those Public Safety licensees that still require Planning Funding with the preparation of planning cost estimates, and to expedite the process of negotiating Planning Funding Agreements (PFAs) with Sprint Nextel, the 800 MHz Transition Administrator, LLC (TA) is making available a set of cost metrics that identify typical licensee planning costs and rates based on system size. These metrics were gathered from approved Planning Funding Agreements (PFAs) (including amendments, where applicable) submitted to the TA, and include:
  • Typical incumbent and vendor costs, expressed as medians and percentiles for the five major categories of work found in all PFAs: Frequency Analysis, System Inventory, Engineering & Implementation Planning, Legal Support and Project Management;
  • Typical incumbent and vendor labor rates for these five work categories; and
  • Typical distributions of incumbent and vendor costs across all work categories.
The TA expects that this information should prove beneficial to stakeholders in expediting the preparation and negotiation of Planning Funding requests. This data is provided for information purposes only. Licensee costs can and do vary according to a number of factors. The TA reviews all licensee cost estimates and will approve any reasonable and prudent expenses directly related to the reconfiguration of the licensee’s 800 MHz system. Licensees must certify that all of their costs reflect the "minimum necessary" to provide facilities comparable to those presently in use.

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Frequency Reconfiguration Agreement (FRA) Metrics

On January 8, 2007, the Federal Communication Commission released an Order (DA 07-27) instructing the 800 MHz Transition Administrator, LLC (TA) to make available a set of cost metrics that identify statistical measures of licensee reconfiguration implementation costs and rates, based on system size. These metrics include 17 cost categories and sub-categories found in a licensee's cost estimate, including:
  • Aggregate implementation costs for reconfiguration of 800 MHz Public Safety Systems broken down by system size,
  • Median reconfiguration costs and cost ranges by implementation cost category,
  • Median incumbent licensee and vendor labor rates by implementation cost category, and
  • Distributions of incumbent licensee and vendor costs across all implementation cost categories.
The TA expects that this information should prove beneficial to Public Safety licensees in the preparation of cost estimates for their FRAs and will expedite the negotiation of FRAs.

The FRA data is provided for informational purposes only. Licensee reconfiguration costs can and do vary based on a number of factors. The TA reviews all licensee cost estimates and will approve for reimbursement any reasonable and prudent expenses directly related to the reconfiguration of the licensee’s 800 MHz system. Licensees must document all their costs and services and certify that their costs are the "minimum necessary" to provide facilities comparable to those presently in use. For additional information, contact the TA by phone at 1-888-800-8220, or via email at comments@800TA.org.

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