NPSTC Forms Task Force for New 700 MHz Broadband Requirements (6/12/09)
Friday, June 12, 2009 | Comments

The public-safety community appointed a task force to develop requirements for regional public-safety 700 MHz broadband networks. The task force follows the NPSTC decision earlier in the week to endorse Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology for public-safety broadband, and last month’s decision by public-safety groups to petition Congress for the 700 MHz D block spectrum.

The task force will not re-define the statement of requirements (SOR) that NPSTC issued previously Nov. 13, 2007, which was for a nationwide 700 MHz network under a public/private partnership. Under a regional model, any region deploying its own 700 MHz broadband system will define the requirements to provide operability for that respective area, a NPSTC statement said.

The 15 member associations of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) will partner with the Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate, Command, Control & Interoperability Division (DHS/S&T/CCI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to define requirements for state and local networks that will ensure interoperability in a systems-of-systems approach to a national broadband network.

NPSTC's organizations will provide public-safety input, while CCI and NIST will bring independent technical expertise and a structured standards development process to the effort. The project is expected to be completed in the fall.

The task force will conduct its first conference call June 19, with an expectation of weekly conference calls and a face-to-face meeting July 16 – 17. Anyone interested in joining the task force should access the NPSTC home page to register. The meetings are open to the public, and anyone interested is encouraged to participate.

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