We urge the Senate to pass legislation that includes D Block allocation to public safety with sufficient funding to expedite nationwide construction of the public safety broadband network that includes rural America, and does not include damaging provisions to require 700 MHz narrowband giveback, nor an unworkable and unaccountable private entity “administrator” governance model. Additionally, the PSA urges the Senate to maximize state and local flexibility in allowing enhanced “secondary use” of the public safety broadband network by non-public safety entities and users, as well as with respect to forming public and private partnerships that best meet their specific needs to assure sustainment of their mission-critical public safety broadband systems. In sum, the PSA strongly believes that S.911 best provides these priorities, and we urge you together as the Senate’s leadership to replace the Walden JOBS Act provisions that compose Title IV of H.R. 3630 with language similar to S. 911 for Senate passage of the overall bill. Click here to download the full letter.
The 112th Congress is considering the passage of several bills on D-Block wireless communication that would allocate a specific broadband spectrum to public safety, designating this bandwidth for law enforcement use - and finally creating the truly interoperable communications network that law enforcement and emergency responders have needed for decades. We understand that Congress may take action on this important legislation prior to the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Nothing could be more appropriate than marking this solemn anniversary by making a genuine commitment to public safety communication, for this and future generations.
Congressional Fire Services Institute support legislation to allocate the D Block to public safety and provide federal funding resources for build out as well as operation and maintenance costs to create a nationwide public safety wireless interoperable broadband network.
Calamp involvement in the process of 700MHz planning and D Block allocation spans several years now and we support the allocation of the D Block to public safety and the establishment of a regulatory process and structure to construct a nationwide, interoperable mobile wireless broadband network. The move will improve our nation’s homeland security and provide first responders with new voice, video and data communications technologies that are urgently needed.
The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC) strongly supports fully allocating 20 MHz of contiguous spectrum from the 700MHz D Block to public safety so that police, fire, and emergency personnel possess the dedicated spectrum necessary to build and operate a nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network. SBE Council urges Congress to take action to ensure that public safety is allocated 20 MHz of contiguous spectrum to build a state of the art wireless broadband network capable of handling the unique bandwidth needs of public safety personnel.
Dear Senators Rockefeller and Hutchinson,
I want to take this opportunity to support the reallocation of the 700 MHz D block spectrum for public safety. This would address the frequency inadequacies currently inhibiting the build-out and operation of public safety 700 MHz radio systems.
Advanced Response Concepts Corporation (ARCC) supports the allocation of the D Block to public safety and the establishment of a regulatory process and structure to construct a nationwide, interoperable mobile wireless broadband network to improve our nation’s homeland security and provide first responders with new voice, video, and data communications technologies that are urgently needed. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John “Jay” Rockefeller, IV of West Virginia recently introduced legislation, S. 28: The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2010, which provides the basis for implementing this unmet 9/11 Commission recommendation.
Fairfax, Va., January 25, 2011... Today, actions in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) demonstrated progress in the effort to develop a nationwide, public safety broadband network. This morning, Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV (D-WV), the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced S. 28, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act. This legislation, which Senator Rockefeller originally introduced last year, would allocate the D Block in the 700 MHz band of spectrum to public safety to develop a nationwide public safety wireless broadband network. The bill also would allocate $11 billion for the construction, maintenance, and operation of the network. The IAFC supports this legislation.
Alexandria, VA --The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) today joins the Public Safety Alliance in announcing its strong support for the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act. This legislation, to be introduced by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), would provide law enforcement and other public safety agencies with an additional 10 megahertz of spectrum that is necessary to support a national, interoperable, wireless broadband network that will help them fulfill their mission of protecting lives in communities throughout the United States./uploads/documents/IACP_S28.pdf
Alexandria, Va. – Today, the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) joins with the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) (of which NSA is a member) and multiple other public safety organizations to applaud Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV) on the re-introduction of the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act of 2011 (S. 28).
The state and local first responders of the InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB) formally support the efforts of the Public Safety Alliance to secure the allocation of the 700 MHz “D” Block spectrum for public safety use.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) supports S.3756, the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act. CWA represents 700,000 workers in communications, media, airlines, manufacturing and public service, including 16,000 public safety employees.
The firm believes allocating the D block for public safety will assure that first responders are positioned to take advantage of future advanced technologies and applications.
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive (NOBLE) supports the reallocation of the D Block to public safety and the establishment of regulatory process and structure to construct a national interoperable mobile wireless broadband network that will improve our nation’s homeland security and provide first responders with new voice, video, and data communications technologies that are urgently needed.
The universal availability of secure, reliable, priority access and public safety grade broadband communications is critical to the advancement of emergency medical care for patients in the United States. The best way to assure this availability is to allocate the 700 MHz D block to public safety for use in conjunction with the 700 MHz broadband spectrum licensed to the national public safety broadband license holder and to coordinate both sets of spectrum through that license holder and its public safety representative board. This availability will not be served by trying to hold another commercial auction of the 700 MHz D block.
On behalf of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), representing 241,000 rank-and-file law enforcement officers from across the United States, I am writing to request that the Federal Communications Commission’s recommendation in the National Broadband Plan (NBP) be amended so that the 700 MHz D Block is reallocated to public safety. This is necessary to ensure that our local, state and federal first responders have unrestricted access to a nationwide broadband network that will allow them to effectively respond to critical events.
As national organizations representing state and local government officials, we request that you oppose a commercial auction of the 700 MHz D block and support legislation to reallocate the D block of spectrum to public safety. The utilization of broadband technology is crucial to the future of public safety and will enhance the ability to save lives by quickly sharing information with first responders, public institutions and private citizens.
I write on behalf of the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA), whose members are the state, territorial and tribal administrators of federal justice assistance programs, as well as practitioners from across the justice system.
On behalf of the nation’s governors and first responders, we request that the Federal Communications Commission’s recommendation in the National Broadband Plan be amended so that the 700 MHz D block is reallocated to public safety.
The Public Safety Consensus Group met last week with representatives of several of the major national associations representing state and local government to discuss the effort to build a national interoperable broadband public safety network. Many of these organizations have expressed their support for allocation of the D Block spectrum to public safety.