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Reliable Wireless Public Safety Communications Is Vital to Serving and Protecting our Communities

by Robert Kenny
April 8, 2010

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Last October, my family and I enjoyed a day of community-related events in our hometown in Virginia. One of the biggest thrills for my two sons and me was climbing up into the fire truck for hook and ladder company number one. We were impressed with all of the bells and whistles in the driver and passenger compartments, particularly the radio system. The local sheriff's patrol car was equally impressive and certainly had brighter flashing lights.

We all recognize and appreciate the dedication and daily sacrifices that America's first responders and hospital emergency departments make on a daily basis to keep the communities they serve healthy and safe. As public safety moves to implement more robust and reliable communications using the 700 MHz band, we must all do our part to help support broadband services for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and hospitals.

Beginning on June 12, 2010, the FCC will prohibit the use of wireless microphones and similar devices in the 700 MHz band so that public safety and commercial licensees will be better protected against potential interference to their operations by wireless mic users, such as for sporting events and various other forms of entertainment -- even karaoke.

The FCC is not saying that the public must cease using wireless mics, but rather that they must not use wireless mics that operate in the 700 MHz band -- and there are a number of options available to the public. Continuing to operate illegally after June 12th could cause harmful interference to public safety voice and data communications in the 700 MHz band and negatively affect the ability of first responders to serve and protect our communities.

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