Mark Twain’s response to the widely circulated news reports of his death in May 1897 — “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated” — serves as a great lead-in to one of the most troubling public-safety communications rumors of our time. Unfortunately, as ads for my favorite imported ultimate driving machine point out, “Perception is Reality.”
Policymakers should make their decisions on the carrier’s proposal based on conclusions from the engineering experts, not on the reactions of outsiders quoted in the media or posted in blog and forums on the Internet.
Members of the House of Representatives are considering payroll-tax legislation with language to reallocate the 700 MHz D Block spectrum to public safety and provide at least $5 billion in funding for the buildout of a nationwide LTE network for first responders.
Wireless broadband network technologies such as LTE hold considerable promise for public-safety personnel, but they will not be able to replace LMR systems for mission-critical voice in the near term, panelists said during a webinar on the subject that was conducted as part of the IWCE Virtual Trade Show yesterday.