WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Council of State Governments urged Congress in a letter yesterday to support the ability of state and local governments to develop a robust, modern and reliable nationwide interoperable public safety communications network.
CSG, along with six of the nation’s largest state and local associations, sent a letter urging Congress to stop the Federal Communications Commission from re-auctioning the 700 megahertz band, or D block, of the wireless broadband spectrum and, instead, to reallocate the D block directly to public safety uses, reserving it for an emergency network.
"By reallocating the D block to public safety, the nation has the opportunity to not only ensure that our police officers and firefighters have access to advanced technologies, but also to avoid the mistakes of the past that have made public safety communications systems complex and costly,” the groups said in their letter.
The other groups signing onto the letter are the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and International City/County Management Association. The groups support the call of nine major public safety groups, including the National Emergency Management Association, to reallocate the D block to public safety
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