Recently, I wrote about the debate I was having with myself over whether to finally succumb to temptation and purchase a smartphone. Several readers said that they shared my concerns. Others did not. Of those, the general consensus was that I should just turn the damn thing off when I didn’t want to be bothered by it. I don’t think it will be so quite so simple in practice.
With such financial help from the government and leaders making wise procurement decisions, public safety has an opportunity to foster a more competitive vendor landscape with LTE than it has in the LMR arena during the past several decades.
Recently I wrote a column that questioned why we hear more about digital-radio enhancements for the fire service than we do about using multiband radios. I received a tremendous amount of feedback on the topic. Readers brought up important points about why multiband isn’t ready for service, including the fact that it only operates in one band at a time and is too expensive for public safety to afford.
It will be tough for public safety to convince lawmakers to give first responders both the D Block and money to help pay for LTE networks nationwide, if public safety cannot provide something in return — in this example, spectrum in the UHF band that can be auctioned.