FCC Moves a Step Closer to Solving Nation's Communications Challenges Currently Faced by America's First Responders [September 25, 2008] [open pdf - 75KB]
"In a sustained commitment to help solve the nation's communications challenges currently faced by America's first responders, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) that proposes licensing the 700 MHz D Block spectrum as part of a revised 700 MHz Public/Private partnership that will maximize the public safety and commercial benefits of a nationwide, interoperable broadband network in the 700 MHz band. A primary goal of the Commission is to promote the deployment of a broadband network that provides maximum coverage to first responders across the country. Today's Notice proposes to retain a Public/Private Partnership framework for the 700 MHz band absent other sources of funding. Today's Notice proposes a modified set of rules to govern the D Block and a revised auction plan for assigning D Block licenses. Specifically, the FCC proposes to use the competitive bidding process to determine whether, based on greatest population coverage and highest bid(s), the D Block spectrum would be licensed to a single licensee on a nationwide basis or to regional licensees on the basis of 58 public safety regions."
Federal Communication Commission: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/