Vision of Public Safety Needs
- Government funding and commercial investment to build out, maintain and refresh the network.
- To allow first responders anywhere in the nation to send and receive critical voice, video and data to save lives, reduce injuries and prevent acts of crime and terror.
- Priority access and adequate spectrum for public safety.
- Interoperability – will be “designed in” from day 1.
- Since emergency responders will be able to roam on commercial networks, capacity and resiliency will improve (at a reasonable cost).
- Localized coverage will improve through the use of fixed microcells — like those that provide indoor coverage in skyscrapers — and mobile microcells, which can be placed in fire trucks, police cars and ambulances.
- Equipment can be retrieved from caches and used during a disaster when infrastructure is destroyed or insufficient or unavailable.
- Grants to support the public safety broadband network should be distributed by a single agency to streamline operations, reduce costs and ensure that grants are made in a consistent manner. The grants should only fund projects that comply with Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) requirements, and should be made for the following three purposes:
- Construction of a public safety 700 MHz broadband network that involves partnerships and uses commercial infrastructure, the public safety infrastructure or both through incentive-based partnerships.
- Hardening of the existing commercial network and new sites that operate as part of the public safety network (including covering non-recurring engineering costs for priority broadband wireless).
- Development of an inventory of deployable capability such as COWs (Cellular on Wheels) and COLTs (Cellular on Light Trucks) for the 700 MHz public safety band.
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