Why is this important? In the US there are market forces that want to sell the FCC allocated Public Safety (upper 700MHz) spectrum and commercialize this effort (and make the government users of commercial operator networks). On the other hand, the desire from PSAs to use modern equipment really is a ‘Good Thing.’ It’s not a slam dunk either way.

Here’s is the feeling from the FCC:

Link to Presentation

Leveraged Networks

We need a flexible network framework that will leverage existing public safety, local, state, federal, and commercial infrastructure to reduce the cost of building out a national broadband network. Public safety agencies need the flexibility to use the network types that best suit their specific needs. These networks could be dedicated, shared, or commercial and the use of IP‐based technologies and a common air interface (LTE) will ensures that all networks are fully interoperable across the U.S.


We agree that at least $16 billion will be needed for the public safety broadband network. Of the total, roughly $6 billion will be needed in federal grants for capital costs of deployment. An additional $6‐10 billion will be needed for operating and network evolution costs.

Technical and Operational Standards

Public safety has endorsed Long Term Evolution (LTE) as the standard technology for the 700 MHz broadband networks. By adopting the LTE standard prior to any deployments, public safety is working to ensure systems are interoperable. Public safety believes that there will be considerable cost savings in purchasing equipment since the largest commercial carriers world‐wide have also adopted the LTE standard. Operational standards and polices are as critical as technical standards and we need sufficient funding to develop all needed standards.

Voice Communications

After VOIP communications have matured and public safety grade broadband networks and devices are deployed, public safety agencies should be encouraged to migrate existing land mobile radio (LMR) systems to next generation mission critical communications technologies. This in turn will considerably improve interoperability and reduce LMR equipment and maintenance costs to state and local governments.

Ubiquitous National Public Safety Network

Our overall goal for improving our nation’s public safety communications systems is to create a ubiquitous public safety broadband network in the 700 MHz band that meets all of public safety’s needs in all geographic locations and across all jurisdictions and services. A unique opportunity exists to change the paradigm of public safety communications where multiple frequency bands and incompatible technologies create obstacles to interoperability and perpetuate inefficiency. The ultimate goal and vision of the public safety broadband network is to learn from the mistakes of the past and plan for a future in which wireless broadband networks deployed on a common frequency band using a common technology platform to provide public safety with the tools they need for the twenty first century.

Ruggedized voice, video, and data Devices

Networks alone can not meet PS communications needs. We have to invest in and promote PS grade devices for the BB network.

Where is it at?


The Google News Feed…

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Public Safety Activity: Harris Deploys LTE for Public Safety in Las Vegas While EADS/ALU Bring Evercor

LightSquared and Misc Interested Parties’ Row Not Over By a Long Shot Meantime FCC Waiting for NTIA Findings

Motorola Solutions Completes Phase 1 Proving of LTE for NIST/PSCR…  And Yes, the Sun is Yellow!

Example of Interesting LTE Ecosystem at Work

Harris has developed it’s BeON P25 VoIP client for Public Safety to PTT over LTE networks

For those of you wanting LTE at the borders, FCC Reaches Border Agreements with Canada and Mexico

Raytheon Scores $8.7M for Public Service LTE Network in Colorado

GPS signals Are Getting Whacked by LightSquared LTE Signals As Government Tests Show

Commerce Committee Approves Public Safety Network Bill — Now Heads to Senate Floor

UMTS Pico Army Strong!

Motorola Solutions Demonstrates LTE @ 700MHz for Public Safety in Philadelphia, PA

APCO Global Alliance Approves LTE Standard for Public Safety Use

Motorola Solutions keeps focus on Public Safety LTE


The FCC voted to approve the FNPRM (Fourth Notice of Proposed Rule Making) that basically sets the LTE wheels into motion for use as a Public Safety protocol. Here it comes!

Source: FCC



FCC Takes Significant Steps toward Solving Problems Identified by 9/11 Commission

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Third Report and Order (Order) and Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) that will significantly advance communications interoperability for our Nation’s first responders. The rules adopted and proposed in today’s Order and FNPRM support the build out of robust, dedicated and secure mobile broadband networks that will enable public safety broadband users to share information, videos, photos and emails across departments and jurisdictions nationwide for day-to-day operations and during large-scale emergencies.

The Order and FNPRM requires all 700 MHz public safety mobile broadband networks to use a common air interface, specifically Long Term Evolution (LTE), to support roaming and interoperable communications and seeks comment on additional rules to enable nationwide interoperability. The FCC’s actions today build on the technical requirements that state and local 700 MHz broadband waiver recipients are already subject to in the early buildout of their regional public safety broadband networks.

The FNPRM seeks public comment on, among other things:

·The architectural vision of the network; ·The effectiveness of open standards; ·Interconnectivity between networks; ·Network robustness and resiliency;

·Security and encryption;Coverage and coverage reliability requirements; ·Roaming and priority access between public safety broadband networks; and ·Interference coordination and protection.

The deadlines for public comments and reply comments on the FNPRM are 45 days and 75 days, respectively, after publication in the Federal Registry.

Action by the Commission January 25, 2011, by Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 11-6). Chairman Genachowski, Commissioners Copps, McDowell, Clyburn, and Baker. Separate statements issued by Chairman Genachowski, Commissioners Copps, McDowell, Clyburn, and Baker.


Politics and LTE don’t mix. This looks like a tie up for a while, until (A) FCC changes the rules, (B) some back room deal is made to resolve, or (C) ALU and MOT get to build something. Nontheless, a good bit of information is included in the story.

Source: Urgentcomm
Dec 13, 2010 4:38 PM, By Donny Jackson ([email protected])

NTIA takes this step in response to controversies that are surrounding the nation’s first broadband network for public safety

Decisions regarding the public-safety 700 MHz wireless broadband system that Motorola plans to build for the San Francisco Bay Area are expected to be made this week by several key government entities, including the largest city in the region.

In August, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) awarded Motorola $50.6 million in Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) federal grant money to build out the proposed 193-site LTE network for first-responder agencies in the region. In addition to the grant money, Motorola has agreed to provide matching funds equal to 30% of the BTOP grant.

But the project has been the subject of considerable controversy during the past four months, with the city of San Jose — the largest city in the region — and the county of Santa Clara being most outspoken about the procedures used to select Motorola as a private partner. They allege the following: that governments in the region have not been told of their financial obligations if they participate in the project; inappropriate actions taken by Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) staff; and that key documents have been signed on behalf of nonexistent entities without being voted upon.

Given the controversy, NTIA officials asked that regional entities provide written commitments this week. Last week, the office of Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern — who is executive sponsor for the LTE project — asked each entity for verbal or e-mail commitments last week and a letter of intent to participate in the project by this Wednesday.

“Our timeline on this was put on us by the NTIA, based on issues with San Jose/Santa Clara,” Ahern said during an interview with Urgent Communications. “They wanted to make sure that we had a level of commitment in the area to make sure that this grant can move forward.

“The great majority of people are opting in. The issues are with San Jose and Santa Clara. We’re trying to resolve those issues.”

In response to the commitment request, Santa Clara County Executive Jeff Smith sent Ahern’s office an e-mail stating that the county “supports the ultimate goal of this project and intends to participate,” as long as  none of nine statements — most of which are claims Smith has made previously — were true.

Ahern said that all of the items cited by Smith are untrue.

“All of those allegations have been [vetted] out, investigated and proved to be inaccurate,” Ahern said. “Nothing inappropriate took place.”

Despite this, Ahern said that he is interpreting Smith’s response as an indication that Santa Clara County does not want to participate in the project at this time.

“Because your statement is conditioned upon allegations regarding other participants in this process, you’re conditions are rejected,” Ahern said, reading the written response that was sent to Smith. “Since I’ve rejected your conditions, I will assume that Santa Clara is not presently interested in participating in this program. Therefore, we will carry forth without your involvement. Should you amend your position at some later date, we’d be happy to discuss your re-involvement in the project. I look forward to that outcome.”

Ahern said that he believes that Smith’s response the request for commitment was “inappropriate.”

“We’re looking for a level of cooperation,” Ahern said. “If you want to send a letter of intent saying to us that you want to participate, we’d love to have you. But, at this time, from the tone of [Smith’s] letter and the actions that [he has] taken, we’ll move forward with the others in the area.”

San Jose’s City Council will meet tomorrow morning to determine that city’s response to the commitment request. Citing several concerns with the current 700 MHz LTE project, the San Jose city staff has recommended that the council ask NTIA to reallocate the BTOP grant money to the Bay Area region, instead of to Motorola. The staff recommendation calls for support of the overall concept of an interoperable public-safety network, but it also calls for “guiding principles”  be followed regarding the procurement process, distribution of information to governmental entities, and the use of open-source standards in the LTE network.

In a related item, the Bay Area UASI Approval Authority today was scheduled to consider an item that would “affirm” the allocation of $6.2 million in UASI grant money to the East Bay Regional Communications Systems Authority (EBRCSA) to pay for Project Cornerstone, the 10-site LTE pilot project for the larger BTOP-funded system.

The UASI Approval Authority voted to use UASI grant money for Project Cornerstone and approved the request for inquiry that started the effort in the fall of 2009, but it has not voted on any items related to the pilot project since then. In the interim, the EBRCSA — at the request of UASI Executive Director Laura Phillips, according to the minutes of an EBRCSA meeting — approved a contract with Motorola for the buildout of the Project Cornerstone network in June.

Officials for San Jose have expressed concern that Phillips promised EBRCSA full reimbursement for Project Cornerstone and pursued a contract with Motorola for the project without first consulting the Approval Authority and receiving permission from the UASI governing body.

Alcatel Lucent Launches LTE at PSCR Test Bed in Boulder, CO.

From the PR: The company is the first to go live at Long Term Evolution (LTE) emergency communications demonstration network in Boulder, CO, which is being managed by the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program. The goal of the PSCR Test Bed is to demonstrate the feasibility of using LTE for Public Safety, specifically in the upper 700MHz (D Block) spectrum.

Full PR:

Orlando, Monday, October 25, 2010 — At the 117th annual International Association of Chief of Police Conference (external linkIACP) being held in Orlando Florida (23-27 Oct. 2010), Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) announced that they are leading the way toward the establishment of a nationwide US public safety broadband network. The company is the first technology partner to go live at Long Term Evolution (LTE) emergency communications demonstration network in Boulder, CO, which is being managed by the Public Safety Communications Research (external linkPSCR) program, which was established by the US Department of Commerce.

LTE helps increase the speed and precision of the decision-making process for first responders, shaving seconds and minutes off of their response time in life-threatening situations. Approximately two million first responders in the US will ultimately benefit from this technology.

The PSCR program is a partnership of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (external linkNIST) Law Enforcement Standards Office and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (external linkNTIA). The PSCR provides objective technical support—research, development, testing and evaluation—in order to foster nationwide public safety communications interoperability. Alcatel-Lucent was the first public safety technology partner to formally join the PSCR demonstration project in external linkSeptember 2010 and provided a complete end-to-end LTE solution.

“The demonstration network developed by the joint NIST-NTIA Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program is an important part of the strategy for a nationwide interoperable Public Safety Broadband network in 700 MHz. Here in the Boulder area, we will provide a common field environment for manufacturers, carriers, and public safety agencies to test and evaluate advanced broadband communications equipment and software tailored specifically to the needs of emergency first responders.” explained Derek Orr, Program Manager, NIST/OLES, Public Safety Communications.

“We’re excited and honored to be the very first technology partner at the PSCR lab here in Boulder. This demonstration network is a crucial building block for public safety as first responders can now see that the dream of a national broadband network is becoming a reality, said Morgan Wright, Vice President, Global Public Safety Segment at Alcatel-Lucent. “This is further proof of the commitment Alcatel-Lucent has to providing the best technology in support of the public safety mission.”

Wireless broadband is essential for addressing mission-critical needs requiring high data throughput for applications such as video surveillance, automated vehicle license plate recognition, biometric identification, mobile crime scene units and mobile incident command, geospatial information systems, automated vehicle location and more.

Alcatel-Lucent is making rapid strides in making LTE a reality for public safety applications having achieved a series of industry firsts in this space. Most recently the company — in cooperation with the Alexandria Police Department — conducted a live demonstration of data capabilities for first responders using the LTE Public Safety Broadband (PSBB) spectrum. This was the first live application of PSBB radio spectrum in the United States. See the video: external linkhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3HYsOhXxgk

Having been selected so far by seven customers for commercial deployments, including two of the world’s largest service providers, and being involved in more than 50 customer trials, Alcatel-Lucent has established a clear leadership position in Long Term Evolution (LTE). Our trial and contract awards span all regions of the globe.



Motorola Solutions Achieves Key Public Safety LTE Milestones

Motorola demonstrates the LTE  for PSAs within the 700MHz. Great! They could use the momentum.

Demonstration of first public safety data device using a Public Safety LTE module and first BayWEB mobile data session highlight Motorola’s Public Safety LTE leadership

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Motorola Solutions business of Motorola, Inc (NYSE: MOT) today demonstrated live over-the-air (OTA) broadband video in the 700MHz Public Safety spectrum band to the world’s first public safety data device using a commercial LTE chipset module. Motorola also congratulates BayWEB for their first live, OTA data session in the San Francisco Bay Area.


OTA broadband video streaming using a commercial LTE chipset module

  • The LTE module used in the demonstration at the 2010 Motorola Digital Users Group Conference is ready for implementation in a broad array of Public Safety LTE devices in multiple form factors.
  • The compact USB device uses a commercially produced chipset that supports the Band Class 14 Public Safety spectrum band. The demonstration is a key milestone in the development of open market components to foster a broad selection of LTE devices that are optimized for use by public safety and benefit from economies of scale from carrier LTE deployments worldwide.
  • The portfolio of LTE devices will include portable data adaptors, vehicular modems and multimedia handhelds among others. Motorola is making additional investments to fully enhance standards-compliant LTE components to serve the unique requirements of public safety operations.
  • Motorola’s LTE technology demonstration includes dynamic prioritization and preemption for safeguarding LTE capacity for critical resources during an emergency response.
  • Motorola has also developed real-time video intelligence that adjusts video to best match real-time wireless LTE bandwidth capabilities with the device screen size.

First data session on a deployed public safety LTE network

  • The first live data session in the San Francisco Bay area marks the first operational use of the public safety broadband spectrum in a true Public Safety deployment.
Darren McQueen, corporate vice president, Private Broadband, Motorola Solutions
“Motorola continues to make technology breakthroughs in the development of communications solutions for public safety. The demonstration of the first 700 MHz Public Safety broadband- ready module is a testament to our focus on bringing public safety-optimized devices that will provide the advanced communications tools public safety personnel need for officer safety and to serve their communities.”
“These demonstrations show our commitment toward developing a market-ready LTE solution optimized for Public Safety. Motorola first demonstrated Public Safety applications over a live 700 MHz LTE system at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference in San Diego two years ago.”
Undersheriff Rich Lucia, Alameda County
“We are committed to bringing LTE broadband services to the Bay Area. This first video session is a major step in making this system a reality to provide broadband for Public Safety.”
Commander David Wilson, City of Ventura Police Department
“The demonstration of the LTE module is a major step forward in the deployment of Public Safety LTE networks. This device will be critical in the deployment of systems that will provide officers and command centers with access to real-time data for increased situational awareness and community safety.”