FCC pursuing new spectrum policy for public-safety communications, official says

FCC officials are taking a new approach to public-safety spectrum policy, abandoning exclusive-use airwaves in favor of multi-purpose broadband frequencies that can be leveraged to support wireless communications for both first responders and the general public, according to an FCC official.

SOURCE: Urgent Communications

DATE: June 23, 2020

David Furth, deputy chief of the FCC’s public-safety and homeland-security bureau, described the philosophical change as a “transformation,” noting that the FCC historically allocated spectrum for public safety’s exclusive use when he joined the agency in the early 1990s.

“Those exclusive allocations are still there, they’re very important, and I think they will continue to be very important for certainly the indefinite future, because that’s where a lot of the mission-critical communications that public safety relies on take place,” Furth said last week as part of a keynote interview during Mission Critical Partners’ Conference for Advancing Public Safety (CAPS) online event. READ MORE


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