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NPSTC: Urgent Questionnaire on T-Band Frequency Usage by Public Safety Agencies

Date: 2012-08-14
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Does Your Agency Use Channels in the 470-512 MHz Range?

Legislation was recently passed by Congress which requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move public safety operations in the United States out of the T-Band frequencies (470-512 MHz) by the year 2023. These channels are used in 11 metropolitan areas across the country to provide public safety communications. 

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) recently established a special Working Group to study this issue and to prepare a report on the impact this law will have on our law enforcement, fire/rescue, and EMS agencies, as well as on other public safety users.  The report will identify how these T-Band channels are currently in use and determine if possible options may be available to the public safety community to maintain critical communications and comply with the law.  Based on the fact gathering, a series of recommendations will be prepared which will be shared with Congress and the FCC.  It is very important to determine the impact to public safety users and to prepare a unified report to explain the true scope of the law's effects.

NPSTC would appreciate your help in responding to the web questionnaire by September 20, 2012.  Your participation should take less than 30 minutes and your individual agency data will not be shared publicly without your written permission.  A summary of the data will be used in our future efforts on behalf of the entire first responder community.  This information is essential in educating policymakers on a national scale. Through your support and participation, we will be able to gather necessary information to calculate the cost and impact of the legislation. 

Click here for the Survey link. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about this questionnaire, or what other work NPSTC is doing for you and your agency, please contact Barry Luke in the NPSTC Support Office at bluke@npstc.org.  You may also visit the NPSTC website. The T-Band Working Group has a dedicated page on this website and you can monitor the progress of the meetings and the report.

Thank you for taking time to participate in this important process.  Please help us ensure that only one person from your agency is completing this document to avoid duplicate responses. At the end of the web questionnaire, you will be asked if you would like to receive a copy of the Final Report.

NPSTC is a federation of public safety organizations whose mission is to improve public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. 

NPSTC is grateful for the support provided by the US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC), and the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Emergency Communications (OEC).  Points of view or opinions expressed are those of the originators and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via NPSTC, 8/13/12)

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