First responders, Congress unite in call to preserve T-Band for public safety use

  • Source: Safety+Health Magazine
  • Published: 03/19/2020 12:00 AM

Legislation that would prevent the T-Band spectrum – a public safety radio network intended to ease communication among first responders in 11 metropolitan areas – from being auctioned to other users has garnered support from International Association of Fire Chiefs President and Board Chair Gary Ludwig and International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold Schaitberger. Reintroduced in the Senate on Oct. 30 by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), the Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act of 2019 (S. 2748) and its bipartisan House companion bill (H.R. 451) would repeal a provision of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 directing the Federal Communications Commission to auction T-Band airwaves by Feb. 22, 2021.


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