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Integrated Public Safety Commission

Broadband Broadband

Recent legislation reallocating the 700 MHz “D Block” spectrum to public safety is historic, and will eventually establish a nationwide public safety broadband network (PSBN) based on a single, national network architecture.  The sheer magnitude of coordinating federal, state and local public safety needs will take years, which necessitates a continued investment in our current system, along with strong plans for integration in the future.

  • In the near term , wireless broadband will complement Land Mobile Radio (LMR) , not replace it. Wireless broadband does not currently meet the requirements for emergency response voice communications, therefore LMR will be around for years.
  • Investments in LMR will continue to be necessary now and well into the future.  It will still be years before emergency responders can rely on broadband technologies for voice communications. Public safety must continue LMR investments and additional revenue sources must be evaluated.
  • Public safety is using broadband today for data applications, but not for mission critical emergency response voice communications. In the future, broadband could support mission critical voice.  However, requirements must be met and multiple challenges must be addressed. Until broadband is technically capable of supporting emergency response voice communications and the nationwide public safety wireless broadband network is fully deployed, some agencies may need to continue to use LMR for their communications.

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