Public-Safety Groups Ask Congress to Add T-Band Repeal in Coronavirus Bill
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | Comments

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and other public-safety and related industry organizations wrote to congressional leaders urging action to repeal the T-Band auction mandate on the nation’s largest municipalities as part of any coronavirus emergency stimulus spending package.

“We write to strongly urge you to include language that would repeal Section 6103 in Title VI of P.L. 112-96 in any stimulus legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the organizations said. “Such language will prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from being forced to auction and clear public-safety communications from critical spectrum known as the T-band (470 – 512 MHz).

“As emergency medical service (EMS), fire department, police department personnel and others work to keep their communities safe and healthy during the current crisis and in the future, it is imperative that these T-band users know they will continue to have the resources they need to do their jobs on behalf of the public.”

The letter cites a June 2019 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and a public statement by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai supporting a full repeal of the auction mandate.

“In communities across the country, T-band users are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the letter said. “They are transporting patients, responding to emergency calls and saving lives. We ask Congress to include the Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act (S. 2748/H.R. 451) in any legislative response to this ongoing crisis in order to preserve access to this critical communications resource.”

The letter was signed by the following organizations:
• International Association of Fire Chiefs
• International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
• National Association of Counties (NAC)
• National League of Cities (NLC)
• The United States Conference of Mayors
• National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
• Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA)
• Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International
• Congressional Fire Services Institute
• Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts
• Massachusetts METROFIRE
• Greater Boston Police Council
• National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC)
• Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS)
• ICI System
• Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA)
• Metro-Boston Urban Area Security Initiative
• City of Cambridge Public Safety
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On 3/25/20, Robert James Davis said:
With emergency communications equipment currently receiving on 465 – 470 MHz, now we are having high-power TV stations broadcasting on 470 – 476 MHz. This is a huge issue.


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