COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI
Implementing Public Safety Broadband Provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation
Act of 2012
Safety Network in the 700 MHz Band, PS Docket No. 06-229; Service Rules for the 698–746, 747–
762, and 777–792 MHz Bands, WT Docket No. 06-150.
This morning’s Order takes technical rules found in Part 27 and Part 90 for the 700 MHz
public safety broadband spectrum and consolidates them into a harmonized set of Part 90 rules. By
giving the private sector technical certainty and paving the way for the prompt certification of
devices, today’s item should help the equipment market for the 700 MHz public safety band to
develop and innovation to flourish. The end result hopefully will be a bevy of nationally portable,
interoperable public safety broadband devices.
Today’s action is important. But our duty to the nation’s first responders does not end with
it. The First Responder Network Authority is still getting off the ground, and we must maintain
continued oversight over the spectrum license we have granted it. There are also complicated issues
regarding incumbent narrowband users in this spectrum which must be addressed. And critically,
we need to stay on course with our spectrum auctions so that FirstNet is adequately funded. That
means holding a successful H Block auction in January. That means designing the rules of the
incentive auction with an eye towards maximizing the net revenues produced by that auction. And
that means finding creative solutions and working collaboratively with federal users and the private
sector to clear and auction prime spectrum like the 1755–1780 MHz band.
I commend the staff of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau for their continued
hard work on this and the many other proceedings necessary to meet the objectives that Congress set
forth in the Spectrum Act. Thanks to your efforts, I am confident that the Commission’s efforts in
this area will prove successful.
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