It's not the city, but rather County and State. I have no idea how they
did it... but there was BIG money available after 9/11 to setup these
type of systems.
Gino A. Villarini wrote:
Care to share how the city got a 700 mhz license ?
Gino A. Villarini
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I'm not sure about other parts of the country, but here in Idaho they
have been using 700mhz for city/county emergency services. Many towers
have expensive ($100k) point to point links to feed the system, and then
a full rack of equipment inside. The idea is that every emergency
service would be able to communicate with each other using only 1 radio.
They will also have voice and data services from that same radio, and
it's fully roaming.
I only know of two towers with it running, but there are plans to
install several more systems this summer.
Dawn DiPietro wrote:
By Jeffrey Silva
May 12, 2006
WASHINGTON-Law enforcement and first-responder groups asked key Senate
lawmakers to consider a private-sector plan to designate a block of
spectrum in the 700 MHz band for a national wireless broadband
public-safety network, one that would be shared with commercial
wireless carriers and include an interoperability capability
policy-makers have repeatedly call for-without success-since the Sept.
11, 2001, terrorists attacks.
"We are dedicated to ensuring that public safety has access to the
most advanced technology to support those services that meet its
stringent requirements to provide safety and security to all
Americans. Congress and the [Federal Communications Commission] cannot
afford to pass an opportunity to explore the availability of an
additional 30 megahertz of spectrum that would meet public safety's
needs as well as elevate the safety of all Americans," stated the
organizations in a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted
Stevens (R-Alaska) and the panel's ranking Democrat, Sen. Daniel
The letter was signed by officials of the Association of Public-Safety
Communications Officials-International, International Association of
Chiefs of Police, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Major
Cities Chiefs Association, Major County Sheriffs' Association and
National Sheriffs' Association.
The groups said they are studying the proposal submitted by Cyren Call
Communications Inc. to the FCC late last month, and have not decided
whether to endorse it. "However," they stated, "we do believe that the
concept of reallocating the 30 megahertz of spectrum in the 700 MHz
band in a manner that would promote interoperable, public-safety
broadband communications is worthy of public discussion."
A public debate that could prompt lawmakers to reconsider plans to
auction by February 2008 valuable spectrum in the 747-762 MHz and
777-792 MHz bands is precisely what the cell-phone industry wants to
Mobile-phone carriers are keenly aware of how Cyren Chairman Morgan
O'Brien won over policy-makers in the late 1980s when he presented the
then-radical idea of cobbling together narrow radio dispatch
frequencies to create Nextel Communications Inc. (now part of Sprint
Nextel Corp.). Nextel became a competitor to the cellular duopoly at
that time. National mobile-phone carrier executives have not forgotten
either about Nextel's successful campaign to remedy interference
Nextel caused to 800 MHz radio systems in a way that secured Nextel 10
megahertz of spectrum in the 1.9 GHz band.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House telecom and Internet
subcommittee, is the only lawmaker to publicly voice outright
opposition to Cyren's proposal. Upton did so shortly after Cyren
submitted its proposal to the FCC on April 27. The Michigan lawmaker
argued the plan would disrupt the balance in legislation that forced
broadcasters to surrender 700 MHz as part of their transition to
digital technology, set aside 24 megahertz for public safety and
earmarked $1 billion for public-safety interoperability deployment.
The 24 megahertz already reserved for public safety is adjacent to the
separate, clear chunk of 30 megahertz at the heart of Cyren's
initiative. The 30 megahertz is potentially worth billions of dollars
in auction receipts for the U.S. Treasury. In addition to mobile-phone
carriers, wireless Internet and computer firms have expressed interest
in the 700 MHz spectrum to drive WiMAX and other wireless broadband
"While the FCC is currently exploring whether its rules should be
modified to permit broadband use in a portion of the 24 megahertz now
allotted for wideband use, that will only address a small part of
public safety's future requirements. As we have argued since the
Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee report of 1996, an
additional spectrum allocation is needed," the six public-safety
associations told Stevens and Inouye.
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