NPSTC Surveys T-Band Users to Determine Options (8/13/12)
Monday, August 13, 2012 | Comments

The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) is surveying UHF T-band public-safety licensees. The survey asks how the 470 – 512 MHz channels are currently in use and will help determine if possible options may be available to the public-safety community to maintain critical communications and comply with the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

The legislation requires the FCC to move U.S. public-safety operations out of the T-band frequencies by 2023. The channels are used in 11 metropolitan areas across the country to provide public-safety and some business/industry communications.

NPSTC recently established a working group to study the issue and to prepare a report on the impact this law will have on law enforcement, fire/rescue and EMS agencies, as well as on other public-safety users. Based on the fact gathering, a series of recommendations will be prepared and shared with Congress and the FCC. It is important to determine the impact to public-safety users and to prepare a unified report to explain the true scope of the law's effects, a NSPTC statement said.

The deadline for taking the survey is Sept. 20. The survey is at the following link:

“Your participation should take less than 30 minutes, and your individual agency data will not be shared publicly without your written permission,” said the statement. “A summary of the data will be used in our future efforts on behalf of the entire first responder community. This information is essential in educating policy-makers on a national scale. Through your support and participation, we will be able to gather necessary information to calculate the cost and impact of the legislation.”

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