Open Infrastructure for a Nationwide Emergency Services Network

Open Infrastructure for a Nationwide Emergency Services Network

Mark Gaynor (Saint Louis University, USA), Sarah Friedeck (Saint Louis University, USA), Alan Pearce (Information Age Economics, USA), Scott Bradner (Harvard University, USA) and Ken Post (Alert Systems Inc., USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-609-1.ch008
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Abstract

The chapter suggests and supports a public policy in which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should seize a unique opportunity to resolve some of the nation’s critical communications problems in times of crises with the allocation of a portion of the spectrum at 700 MHz (specifically, the D band) for the deployment of a nationwide interoperable emergency broadband wireless network built by a public-private partnership. It then presents a convincing theoretical model that advocates that an open and/or neutral, as opposed to a closed, network will add greater efficiency, greater choice, while advancing public safety along with the deployment of new and valuable technologies, applications, and services.
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Public Safety Broadband Spectrum

In 2007, the FCC allocated the 700 MHz public safety broadband spectrum, which consists of 10 MHz (763-768 MHz and 793-798 MHz), to public safety providers. Shortly after, the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST), a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity, was selected to be the Public Safety Broadband Licensee (PSST, 2010).

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