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December 20, 2006

FCC Proposes National Public Safety Network

By Glenn Fleishman

The FCC proposes that 12 MHz in the 700 MHz public-safety band be reserved for a private operator to handle this: Despite the support of all five commissioners, this may cause some anger among officials who don’t want already scarce spectrum reallocated. The network would use IP-based communications to allow interoperability among devices instead of proprietary approaches. One company would get the rights to run the network and sell access to public-safety entities. They’re looking for comments.

Posted by Glennf at December 20, 2006 8:16 PM

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Isn't this exactly what Verizon was looking for? 12 Mhz in the 700 MHz Band? Back in September that was their proposal. See

[Editor's note: Yes, they and others have proposed this idea in the past.--gf]

Posted by: A Menendez at December 21, 2006 5:54 AM

Not sure why we'd need a single nationwide provider to run this, especially a CellCO like Verizon Wireless with a very different agenda.
Why aren't we focusing on opening the licensed spectrum to each authorized government entity and allowing them to contract with their own providers to install and maintain these networks-with precedence always given to the public Safety entities when needed.
This would allow the government entity to utilize this valuable spectrum for its own use (in a Wireless Mesh or WiMAX network)and not have to pay a 3rd party for access and use.

If we need to provide coverage in very remote areas where normal commercial coverage is unavailable we can open the network up to commercial service providers use with a precedence always going to the Public Safety users.

Posted by: Jaccomo at January 4, 2007 8:51 AM

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