Anniversary of the FCC’s Public Safety Plan

One year ago, the Federal Communications Commission laid out a proposal for creating “a cutting-edge public safety communications system” for our nation’s first responders by auctioning the D Block in order to fund the construction [...]

March 17th, 2011|Categories: Spectrum|Tags: , , |

Ensuring Public Safety Priority Access on Shared Networks

Opponents of the FCC’s proposed D Block auction have argued that public safety requirements cannot be met in a shared commercial network environment. They claim public safety will be unable to gain priority access above [...]

March 11th, 2011|Categories: Spectrum|Tags: , , |

The Reliability of the Commercial Network

What is often lost in the debate over the fate of the D-Block is the proven reliability of commercial networks. Indeed a great divide exists between the perception by some in the public safety community, [...]

March 3rd, 2011|Categories: Spectrum|Tags: , , |

Capitalizing on Commercial 4G Technology

For months, all angles of the D Block debate have been argued by public safety organizations, commercial carriers and legislators, but one issue remains unexamined -- network maintenance. If the D Block is allocated to [...]

February 15th, 2011|Categories: Spectrum|Tags: , , |

Key Report Finds No Technical Obstacles to Priority Access for Public Safety

When it comes to the ongoing debate over the fate of the D Block, many public safety officials have contended that public safety requirements could not be met in a shared network environment. Will firefighters [...]

February 10th, 2011|Categories: Spectrum|Tags: , , |

D Block Dialogue: Protect Rural America from an Unfunded Mandate

Public safety is a core function of local government. The vast majority of law enforcement, firefighters, emergency personnel and first responders are employed by state and local governments. Unfortunately, some in Congress support a government [...]

February 2nd, 2011|Categories: Spectrum|Tags: , , , , |

D Block Dialogue: Need for True Interoperability

After 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, America’s first responders were unable to use their communications devices. Public safety found their networks down and incompatible with the available commercial networks. After years of failed efforts, we are [...]

January 26th, 2011|Categories: Spectrum|Tags: , , , |

D Block Dialogue: Protecting Rural America

A nationwide, interoperable public safety network should be exactly that – nationwide. All first responders, whether urban, suburban or rural, need access to the same lifesaving broadband communications capabilities to respond to disasters and keep [...]

December 7th, 2010|Categories: Spectrum|Tags: , , |

4G Coalition submits comment on increasing public safety interoperability by promoting competition for public safety communications technologies

The 4G Coalition submitted comments arguing that competition among equipment providers to any telecommunications service -- including public safety services -- is critical and that the lack of competition in the public safety communications marketplace [...]

September 20th, 2010|Categories: FCC Filings, Handsets|Tags: , , , , |

Wireless Strategy paper on “Lower 700 MHz Interference Management” filed with the FCC

The Coalition for 4G in America submitted a letter and paper supporting the promotion of interoperability across the entire 700 MHz Band to ensure the development of a multiband commercial and public safety device ecosystem. [...]