Public Safety Hopes Some Sharing is Enough to Keep 4.9 GHz

All comments and replies in this proceeding have now been filed and it is left to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to determine. While APCO continues to press its argument that Public Safety (PS) is making good use of this band and that utilization will grow if PS entities are permitted to create region-specific band plans. In its opinion, if PS must share the band, the FCC should permit only critical infrastructure industry (CII) use that supports essential public safety activities. Other PS organizations, like the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), are more willing to share with CII entities more broadly. The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), representing wireless ISPs, has argued for access. The major carriers have stayed out of the fray and have not pushed for access, but this FCC does not like “dedicated” allocations and may choose to approve flexible use, including commercial participation, even if not requested by commercial operators. (WP 07-100)

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