A much-anticipated buildout of a 700 MHz
Federal mandates to deploy the public-safety LTE network nationwide and to have broadband access be a primary goal for the
“My model for rural America, which I have been putting forth for a very long time, is that [public safety and commercial broadband have] got to be built in concert with each other,” Seybold said during an interview with Urgent Communications. “There’s no reason why the universal service fund--or the millions of dollars sitting in the co-op non-profit power companies—couldn’t be used.”
Rural locations historically have been ignored by telecom carriers, because they do not have enough customers to support a profitable business model, Seybold said.
“AT&T, Verizon and Sprint look and say, ‘There are not enough customers per square mile for us to put in a quarter-million-dollar cell site,’ and they go away,” he said. “The rural telephone companies say, ‘We don’t have the right devices and roaming agreements, so we can’t do it.’ And the power companies are saying, ‘We want the
“So, you’ve got all of these players, but nobody has taken the time to put all of these players in a room and say, ‘Under public safety’s license, how many of you want to play where?’ In my mind, it can be put together, if you bring the players together.”
Work on the public-safety broadband network is expected to begin in earnest in three weeks, when the board members for the(FirstNet) are supposed to be announced, according to a law passed in February.