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FCC panelist: Public safety does not need the D Block

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Jun 03, 2010, Urgent Communications, By Donny JacksonBy leveraging 10 MHz of existing broadband spectrum in the 700 MHz and roaming agreements with commercial carriers, public safety will have the capacity and spectrum resources to fulfill its communications needs during even major incidents, FCC Chief Technologist Jon Peha said yesterday.

FCC’s broadband plan raises first-responder questions

Urgent Communications article

Apr 01, 2010, Urgent Communications, By Donny Jackson (donald.jackson@penton.com)

Many aspects of the FCC’s broadband plan proposal are familiar: a public-safety broadband wireless network built on 700 MHz spectrum that would leverage commercial 4G technologies and economies of scale to provide first responders with access to the latest technical innovations and applications at prices that are more in line with commercial wireless offerings.

FCC starts public-safety broadband network efforts

Urgent Communications article

Mar 18, 2010, Urgent Communications, By Donny Jackson
FCC officials moved quickly on its pursuit of a 700 MHz broadband wireless network for public safety this week by hosting a technical panel, launching a new Web site and initiating a proceeding to identify first-responder requirements for the network just days after the release of the national broadband plan.

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Public safety still faces uphill battle for D Block

Urgent Communications article

Jan 28, 2010, Urgent Communications, By Donny Jackson
The good news: Barnett said the broadband plan the FCC has to submit to Congress by March 17 will identify a nationwide public-safety broadband network as a priority and will include a plan to make it happen. The bad news: Barnett described a network configuration that differs significantly from what many in public safety have envisioned, particularly his statement that he does not expect the FCC to recommend that Congress reallocate the D Block for first-responder usage instead of auctioning the spectrum to commercial operators

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LTE rollouts to begin this year

Urgent Communications article

Jan 26, 2010, Urgent Communications, By Donny Jackson
Verizon and Alcatel-Lucent currently are conducting trials of the 4G technology favored by public safety for a proposed 700 MHz broadband network.

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A Big Voice in the Big Apple | NYPD communications chief Charles Dowd is outspoken in his belief that broadband is the future of public-safety voice and data communications

Mar 01, 2009, Urgent Communications, By Donny Jackson
After almost 20 years working as an officer in the New York City Police Department most of the time working on patrol in the narcotics division and in the detective bureau Charles Dowd was told in 2000 that his job description was about to change. At some point, it was decided that it would be a very good idea if I tried communications, Dowd said. It was kind of a surprise. My initial thoughts on

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APCO: Opinion divided on 700 MHz data approach

Aug 08, 2007, Urgent Communications, By Glenn Bischoff
BALTIMORE–While the public-safety sector anxiously awaits the FCCÂ’s final order that will define how valuable 700 MHz spectrum will be allocated once television broadcasters vacate the band in 2009, as they make the transition from analog to digital signals, several of its members shared their views regarding how the airwaves could be best utilized yesterday at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials annual conferenceread complete article

A corner turned in nation’s capital

Jun 01, 2007, Urgent Communications, By Doug Mohney
Amid all of the rhetoric, speculation and hand-wringing in Washington these days over the feasibility of a nationwide wireless broadband network built by a public/private partnership using 700 MHz spectrum to be vacated by broadcasters in 2009, local governments around the nation’s capital have joined to deploy the country’s first public-safety broadband network using such airwaves. Based on off-the-shelf
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Speakers: Nationwide broadband realistic for public safety

Aug 10, 2006, Urgent Communications, By Donny Jackson
ORLANDO–Public safety has multiple options to deploy broadband IP-based data networks that leverage commercial technology to deliver information to the emergency-response community, according to speakers addressing the subject at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials conference hereread complete article

Senate bill calls for new 700 MHz date

Nov 01, 2005, Urgent Communications, By Doug Mohney
Senate Commerce Committee members advanced a bill requiring TV broadcasters to stop transmitting analog signals in the 700 MHz band by April 7, 2009, at which time the spectrum would be released to public-safety and commercial operators. The bill represents legislation that addresses only budget-related matters, said committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) during an Oct. 20 mark-up hearing.
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Operators crave 700 MHz

Oct 01, 2004, Urgent Communications, By Donny Jackson
In many ways, the vast amounts of spectrum currently occupied by television broadcasters at 700 MHz is akin to a promised land for wireless communications. For wireless engineers, the propagation characteristics at 700 MHz promise the ability to deliver broadband wireless applications more efficiently than is possible at frequencies of 1.9 GHz or higher.
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