IAFC Officials Discuss T-Band Auction Challenges with FCC
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 | Comments

Officials from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) met with FCC staff to discuss the challenges posed by an auction of the T-band spectrum, particularly the lack of alternative spectrum options for public-safety incumbents.

The representatives touched on the pitfalls of spectrum relocation and the impact such an event will have on affected jurisdictions. Also mentioned were the many benefits that the T-band provides to public safety as a reliable communications resource.

The IAFC representatives also thanked FCC officials for the proposed ±3-meter metric for vertical location accuracy detailed in the fourth further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM).

During the discussion, the representatives suggested that the FCC explore narrowing the margin of error over a reasonable timeframe as technology develops. The security of the technologies and methods used to determine dispatchable location, including that of the National Emergency Address Database (NEAD), was also stressed as being important to the IAFC.

The full ex parte letter is here.

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