From the Ohio Division of EMS…
There is a new player in the battle for public safety broadband who sounds like a public safety broadband network supporter but is not.
“Connect Public Safety Now” (www.connectpublicsafetynow.org) was, until December 2nd, the “4G Coalition”. Under both names, it is T-Mobile, Sprint, MetroPCS and others who want the broadband D Block opened for general auction, rather than allocated to public safety, so that they can buy more bandwidth to better compete with Verizon and AT&T (who claimed the lion’s share of bandwidth in the last auction and could be limited from participating in an open D Block auction).
We continue to seek Congressional and White House action to have the D Block allocated to public safety and are continuing to make good progress. The Senate (S.3756)and House(HR. 5081) bills have gained co-sponsors and momentum and will be reissued under new numbers early next session. Please take a look at the Public Safety Alliance (to which NASEMSO belongs) website at www.psafirst.org for updates.
“Connect Public Safety Now” (CPSN) is a new store window for the 4G Coalition whose message fell flat under its old name. You may be well be asked for your thoughts on this group. Buyer beware.
I have attached the ex parte communication that CPSN filed for a meeting with the FCC after it changed its name.
Kevin McGinnis, MPS, EMT-P
Communications Technology Advisor,
Joint National EMS Leadership Conference:
–National Association of State EMS Officials
–National Association of EMTs
–National Association of EMS Physicians
–National Association of EMS Educators
National EMS Management Association
Mail: 57 Central Street, Hallowell, Maine 04347