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How Much Spectrum Will Public Safety Need in 2020?

Date: 2012-03-06
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NPSTC Releases Assessment of Future Spectrum and Technology Report for Comment

In 1996, the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC) published its report on public safety's needs through the year 2010.  That groundbreaking report eventually led to public safety spectrum assignments in the 700 MHz and 4.9 GHz bands.  NPSTC created the PSWAC Followup:  Assessment of Future Spectrum and Technology (AFST) Working Group to update the PSWAC Report.

On February 24, 2012, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) released a draft report that identifies the spectrum and technology required to meet public safety user requirements and to help drive policy on spectrum and funding; standards development; and the public safety vendor community.

The Assessment of Future Spectrum and Technology Report reflects the spectrum and communications technology needs of public safety identified by the Working Group.  It integrates feedback from public safety practitioners and technologists, gathered through questionnaires and focus groups held across the nation, to build the case for a desired future for public safety.  More than 200 professionals participated in the report. 

There is still time to contribute to this important report. Please take the time to review the draft report and provide feedback using the provided email form.  Send the completed form via email to by April 22, 2012.  Thank you for your contributions to public safety.

NPSTC is a federation of organizations whose mission is to improve public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership.
The member organizations of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council are grateful to the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate,  Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) and Office of Emergency Communications (OEC)for their support to this volunteer public safety organization.

- People, Places & Things/ (via NPSTC, 2/27/12)


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