Public Safety Mobilizing on T-Band Repurposing

On December 13, 2017, EWA participated via teleconference in a meeting of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) held in New York City, to respond to the repurposing of T-Band and its effect on public safety (PS) communications. The meeting was well attended by representatives from the eleven T-Band impacted metro areas demonstrating that PS is organizing aggressively on this issue. The attendees agreed that Section 6103 needs to be rescinded, the specific provisions in the Communications Act that call for the removal of this spectrum for use by public safety entities so that it may be used for general consumer-oriented commercial services. Issues include the lack of comparable spectrum for public safety licensees, the possibility that any auction proceeds required to fund public safety relocation activities would fall woefully short of what would be required, and that recent broadcast station repacking has further limited the viability of this band for consumer broadband solutions. (PS 13-42)

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