Action Requested for HR 5081, Broadband for First Responders Act of 2010

HR 5081, the Broadband for First Responders Act of 2010, has been introduced in Congress to provide public safety with additional spectrum to support a national, interoperable, wireless broadband network.  Without the passage of this legislation, this spectrum, known as D Block, will be auctioned off for use by commercial users.  Under current law, the Federal Communications Commission is required to expeditiously re-auction this spectrum. Should this occur, D block will be controlled by commercial carriers which could result in a lack of capacity for multi-agency operations and communication holes for public safety users.

More information on this legislation, including a sample letter to request your congressional representatives’ co-sponsorship and support and talking points, can be found on The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials website.  The National Association of Counties is also in support of this legislation and urges you to contact your congressional representatives.

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