WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Public Safety
Spectrum Trust Corporation (PSST), a non-profit established by national public
safety leadership to oversee the creation of a nationwide wireless broadband
network for public safety, was selected by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) to be the Public Safety Broadband Licensee (PSBL). Following
today's announcement, the PSST will hold a license for 10 MHz of public safety
spectrum in the upper 700 MHz band designated for nationwide wireless
On September 10, 2007 , the FCC issued a Public Notice soliciting
applications for the PSBL. In its application, the PSST ensured its
compliance with the FCC's criteria that it be a non-profit organization; be
broadly representative of the public safety community; satisfy certain
organizational requirements; and incorporate certain provisions in its
articles of incorporation and bylaws.
"We are grateful to the FCC Commissioners for recognizing the significant
amount of work and progress achieved by the PSST to fulfill the FCC's
guidelines for creating a nationwide network for public safety," said Chief
Harlin McEwen, Chairman of the PSST. "Holding the spectrum license is a
responsibility the PSST takes very seriously as we embark upon building an
unprecedented interoperable communications system for public safety."
According to the FCC's Second Report & Order on the 700 MHz band, 10 MHz
of the spectrum now held by the PSST will be combined with an adjacent 10 MHz
of spectrum to be licensed to the commercial winner of the upper 700 MHz D
Block auction. The 700 MHz auction is set to begin on January 24, 2008 .
Together, these spectrum assets will be used to create one shared nationwide
wireless broadband network, which will provide commercial service for
consumers, while maintaining a nationwide network for public safety, including
priority access during emergencies.
On November 15, 2007 , the PSST released a Bidder Information Document,
providing prospective D Block bidders with information about certain public
safety expectations and preferences regarding the public-safety-commercial
partnership. The PSST anticipates releasing an updated version of this
document, reflecting additional feedback, by November 30, 2007 .
Chief McEwen added, "With the 700 MHz auction date rapidly approaching,
our continued priority is to lay the foundation for a productive and
beneficial partnership with the commercial D Block auction winner."
The PSST Board of Directors is comprised of representatives of the
following organizations: the American Association of State Highway and
Transportation Officials (AASHTO); the Association of Public-Safety
Communications Officials-International (APCO); the Forestry Conservation
Communications Association (FCCA); the International Association of Chiefs of
Police (IACP); the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); the
International City/County Management Association (ICMA); the International
Municipal Signal Association (IMSA); the National Association of State
Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO); the National Emergency Number
Association (NENA); the National Governors Association (NGA); and the National
Sheriffs' Association (NSA).
On November 9, 2007 , the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the
selection of the American Hospital Association (AHA), the National Fraternal
Order of Police (NFOP), the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators
(NASNA), and the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) as the four
at-large members to the PSBL's board of directors.
About the PSST
The PSST, a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the
District of Columbia, is the Public Safety Broadband Licensee (PSBL) holding
an FCC license for public safety spectrum in the upper 700 MHz band designated
for nationwide wireless broadband use. The PSST's mission is to provide
national public safety leadership an organizational structure through which
decisions can be made to guide the construction and operation of this
interoperable nationwide broadband network via a public safety-commercial
partnership, ensuring the communications requirements of the public safety
community are met. For additional information, visit www.psst.org.