A report released yesterday outlines the minimum technical requirements needed to enable interoperability throughout the proposed nationwide 700 MHz broadband network for first responders — the first action item in the deployment of the much-anticipated project.
Like most in the public-safety industry, none of the panelists expressed confidence about how long LMR and LTE systems will need to co-exist in the public-safety sector, but the general consensus was that it will be at least a decade.
As mandated by a new law designed to enable the buildout of a nationwide public-safety broadband network operating on 700 MHz spectrum, the FCC announced its appointments to the 15-member technical advisory board for first-responder interoperability.
The battle over LightSquared’s proposed wholesale network offering is as critical as it is contentious. Increased competition in the commercial wireless sector and the ability of GPS devices to function properly hang in the balance — as do the billions of dollars that have been invested in LightSquared thus far. But it also could be the lynchpin that forces a thorough and long-overdue examination of the federal government’s approach to spectrum policy.