The FCC this week announced it is seeking comments on the short-term and long-term spectral needs for emergency response providers, including whether more than 24 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band should be allocated to first responders after broadcasters clear those airwaves.

Comments, which are due by April 28, will be part of the commission’s study on the subject. Under the Intelligence Reform Act approved last December, the study must be reported to Congress by Dec. 17. Commenters also are asked to address what they would like to see in a nationwide wireless network designed to promote interoperability and to what extent commercial wireless technologies can be leveraged to address public safety’s communication needs.