Fairfax, Va.,July 13, 2007... The IAFC, along with other public-safety organizations, has been vigorously engaged for more than a year in trying to establish a nationwide public-safety broadband network. At this time, the Federal Communications Commission is in the final process of developing an order to establish the rules for the 700 MHz auction, which contain provisions to address the public-safety needs for a broadband network. We expect the FCC to publish the rules in about three weeks.
Frontline Wireless LLC has a proposal before the FCC that includes public safety. The IAFC has not taken a position on the Frontline proposal, nor any other proposal, although we have had discussions with Frontline as well as other organizations.
Frontline is actively pursuing its interests and may reach out for support from fire-service organizations and individual fire chiefs. The IAFC and the executive public-safety organizations with which we are working closely will not take a position on any proposals at this time. The auction itself will not take place until the end of this year or early next year.
For more information on the position of the IAFC and other public-safety organizations, please see the position paper developed by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, of which the IAFC is a member of the governing board. The paper is available from www.npstc.org/documents/NPSTC%20Public%20Safety%20700%20MHz%20Position%20Paper%2007052007.pdf.