The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International reemphasized the need for Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the long standing need for broadband communications capacity that meets rigorous public safety service requirements. The announcement was made following the FCC's action on December 20, 2006 initiating a proceeding to seek comments on a proposal to make changes in the licensing rules for certain data channels within the current 700-MHz band public safety allocation.
APCO International President Wanda McCarley said, "We will carefully review and provide comment on this latest FCC proposal, but it will not diminish the critical need for additional public safety spectrum for broadband communications." McCarley added, "We continue to strongly support efforts to allocate additional 700-MHz band spectrum for public safety, including a proposal to reallocate 30 MHz of spectrum now slated for auction and assign it instead to a Public Safety Broadband Trust."
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