Eleven entities have expressed their intent to submit applications to serve as the agent/advisor of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST), which hopes to become the national licensee for 12 MHz of public-safety spectrum that is expected to be earmarked for a nationwide wireless network.

On July 9, the PSST released a request for proposals (RFP), asking that entities interested in the role—one that would materialize only if the FCC designates the PSST as the national public-safety licensee for the 700 MHz spectrum—to submit an intent to respond by July 19. PSST President Harlin McEwen said 11 entities filed an intent to apply.

“We thought that was very encouraging,” McEwen said.

McEwen noted that responses thus far have been limited to intents to apply. To be considered for the agent/advisor job, an entity must submit its full application to the PSST by Monday, July 30. These applications will be reviewed by a PSST committee as part of a process to select an agent/advisor.

McEwen noted that the PSST would not hire an agent/advisor unless it was named as the national public-safety licensee by the FCC. The FCC is scheduled to approve 700 MHz auction rules on Tuesday, July 31, that are expected to outline the process for selecting a national public-safety licensee.