We need your help! Tell congress we need a public auction of the D Block now!

Legislation has been introduced in both chambers of Congress that threatens to further increase the national deficit while delaying the construction of a nationwide, interoperable broadband network for public safety. S. 28 and H.R. 607 [...]

April 16th, 2011|Categories: Legislation|Tags: , , , |

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: , , , , |

RTG supports President Obama’s pledge to bring next generation high-speed wireless to all Americans

RTG enthusiastically supports President Obama’s pledge to bring next generation high-speed wireless coverage to 98% of all Americans within the next five years. Increasing the availability of mobile broadband services will boost rural economies and [...]

January 27th, 2011|Categories: Handsets, Roaming, 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: , , , |

RTG: AT&T’s acquisition of Qualcomm’s spectrum widens divide between haves and have-nots

FCC's approval of the transaction must come with specific conditions The Rural Telecommunications Group, Inc. (“RTG”) is deeply concerned about the anti-competitive affects of AT&T Inc.'s (“AT&T”) proposed acquisition of 700MHz spectrum from Qualcomm Inc. [...]