D Block Auction a must, says former FEMA Director
The National Broadband Plan provides the framework for a truly nationwide, interoperable broadband network for public safety, and it all depends on an auction of the D Block.
During a keynote at the National Press Club, former FEMA Director and CEO of Witt Associates James Lee Witt joined a broad-based group of stakeholders calling for a public auction of valuable 700 MHz spectrum as the most efficient and effective way to ensure construction of a nationwide, interoperable broadband network for our nation's first responders.
"With the continuing threat of terrorism, we are at an important crossroads today," said Witt. "For the first time, we have a comprehensive plan, and a way to fund it. It has been almost ten years since 9/11, and our nation's first responders – our heroes still face considerable obstacles communicating with one another. Public safety deserves better and so does the American public. We have no time to waste."
The National Broadband Plan provides the framework for a truly nationwide, interoperable broadband network for public safety, and it depends upon an auction of the D Block, both as a way of furnishing a down payment on the build out of the Upper 700 MHz public safety network and as a platform for a public-private partnership to support public safety during emergencies.
"Every day that this debate lingers, uncertainty is perpetuated. Uncertainty begets delay," urged Joe Hanna, former President of APCO. "In the public safety world, we have long been told that justice delayed is justice denied. Broadband services that are delayed to our first responders are services denied."
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