Congress should reallocate the 10 MHz commercial D Block spectrum in the 700 MHz band for public-safety use, the board of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) — the nationwide license of the public-safety broadband spectrum adjacent to the D Block — voted.
At the beginning of the week, it seemed like public safety was working diligently to forge a consensus on the 700 MHz broadband front, with multiple first-responder organizations expressing support for the use of LTE and that the commercial D Block should be reallocated to public safety. What a difference a few days makes.
Wireless carriers and the National Emergency Number Association have called for a commercial auction of the 700 MHz D Block, less than a month after eight public-safety organizations asked Congress to reallocate the spectrum for first-responder uses.
Brian Fontes, the new CEO of the National Emergency Number Association, suggested that creating a universal service fund could solve the funding woes that long have plagued the public-safety-answering-point (PSAP) sector. It’s a great idea, and long overdue.