National Public Safety Telecommunications Council
Technology & Broadband
T-Band Working Group (2013)
The Mission of the NPSTC T-Band Working Group is to develop recommended actions and policy positions for the NPSTC governing board regarding the Spectrum Act’s requirement that public safety vacate all existing operations in the T-Band.
Sec. 6103.470-512 MHz Public Safety Spectrum
Scope of Work
To develop comprehensive recommendations for the NPSTC Governing Board, the Working Group will assess the effects of the legislation on public safety, evaluate potential options, and determine the viability and costs of those options. The work plan will involve the following activities:
Working Group Timeline
WG Communications Tools
NPSTC Issues T-Band Update Report
June 03, 2016
On March 15, 2013, NPSTC issued a comprehensive report on the impact of Section 6103 of Public Law 112-96, which requires the Federal Communications Commission to reallocate the public safety T-Band spectrum and begin an auction of that spectrum no later than 9 years from enactment, i.e., February 2021
NPSTC Issues T-Band Update Report
TRDaily Reports: Updated NPSTC T-Band Report Says "Little Has Changed" in 3 Years
June 03, 2016
An updated report released today [Friday, June 3, 2016] by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) on the impact of a congressional mandate that requires the FCC to reallocate the T-band by 2021 says that "little has changed" since a report prepared more than three years ago estimated the cost of relocating public safety T-band operations to other frequencies would total more than $5.9 billion (TRDaily, March 15, 2013) ...[read more]
APCO Presents: "T-Band: What's Next for Public Safety?"
August 27, 2013
Sixty-five in attendance at APCO last week, which was pretty good given a FirstNet townhall meeting was also scheduled at the same time. Presentors included Stu Overby, David Troup, Donald Wright, and Harlin McEwen.
T-Band: Fears Rise Over FCC Mandate
June 12, 2013
(courtesy Aaron Aupperlee, Trib Total Media, published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 11:26 p.m.) A federal mandate forcing Allegheny County [Pennsylvania] public safety agencies to switch radio frequencies by 2023 could cost millions of dollars and cause catastrophic disruptions to emergency services, a county official said Wednesday. These fears are being realized as the Federal Communications Commission, tasked with enforcing the switch, closed public comment Tuesday on the mandate and will determine how to proceed. "We are feverishly asking the FCC to reconsider," said Alvin Henderson, chief of the county Department of Emergency Services. "We're saying it is catastrophic to our operations." The mandate does not affect the City of Pittsburgh or several surrounding counties ... (read more)
NPSTC Submits Comments to FCC Regarding Options for 470-512 MHz T-Band Spectrum
Public Safety Advocate Highlights NPSTC T-Band Report
March 17, 2013
(courtesy Andrew M. Seybold, PS Advocate) – Next was the release of NPSTC’s T-Band (470-512 MHz) report. This report, which will be sent to the FCC and others, is the result of many months and thousands of hours of hard work by the committee. The premise behind the report was to look at what other spectrum might be available to more than 11 major metro areas presently sharing TV spectrum, and the cost to do so. The committee sent out questionnaires, mined the FCC’s ULS, held interviews, and held countless conference calls during the process. This is one of the most complete and best written reports I have seen. The bottom line: There is not enough existing Public Safety spectrum in the 11 major metro areas to move existing T-band users to, moving them will create more interoperability problems, and the estimated cost of relocating them would be upwards of $5.9 Billion (Billion with a B). NPSTC is known for this type of work but this is one of the very best reports it has ever produced as far as I am concerned and it is timely in its delivery ... [read more]
NPSTC Releases T-Band Report
March 15, 2013
Are You Operating in the T-Band? Changes Will Affect You – Loss of the T-Band Could Cost $5.9 Billion
The T-Band frequencies in 470–512 MHz are authorized for use in 11 metro markets by both public safety and industrial/business users. Public safety has built extensive communications networks on the T-Band, which provides frequencies in metro areas where spectrum demand is the greatest. An unexpected provision of the law that created the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) also requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to recover and auction the public safety T-Band spectrum... [read more]
Most Public Safety Agencies Say Leaving T-Band Will Hurt Interoperability
September 07, 2012
(courtesy Comm Daily, by Howard Buskirk) Forcing public safety agencies to move off the T-band will have an impact on communications interoperability, according to early results of a poll released Thursday at the quarterly meeting of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council. Public safety got the 700 MHz D-block in the February spectrum law, but in return had to give up the T-band, heavily used in 11 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. In August, NPSTC sent out a questionnaire (http://xrl.us/bnkk2a) to gather information as the group prepares a report.
Urgent Questionnaire on T-Band Frequency Usage by Public Safety Agencies
August 10, 2012
Does Your Agency Use Channels in the 470–512 MHz Range?...
Legislation was recently passed by Congress which requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to move public safety operations in the United States out of the T-Band frequencies (470–512 MHz) by the year 2023. These channels are used in 11 metropolitan areas across the country to provide public safety communications.
NPSTC recently established a special Working Group to study this issue and to prepare a report on the impact this law will have on our law enforcement, fire/rescue, and EMS agencies, as well as on other public safety users. The report will identify how these T-Band channels are currently in use and determine if possible options may be available to the public safety community to maintain critical communications and comply with the law. Based on the fact gathering, a series of recommendations will be prepared which will be shared with Congress and the FCC. It is very important to determine the impact to public safety users and to prepare a unified report to explain the true scope of the law's effects.
We would appreciate your help in responding to the web questionnaire by September 20, 2012. Your participation should take less than 30 minutes and your individual agency data will not be shared publicly without your written permission. A summary of the data will be used in our future efforts on behalf of the entire first responder community. This information is essential in educating policymakers on a national scale. Through your support and participation, we will be able to gather necessary information to calculate the cost and impact of the legislation.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about this questionnaire, or what other work NPSTC is doing for you and your agency, please contact Barry Luke in the NPSTC Support Office: firstname.lastname@example.org. The T-Band Working Group has a dedicated page at: www.NPSTC.org/TBand.jsp (note web link is case sensitive), and you can monitor the progress of the meetings and the report.
Thank you for taking time to participate in this important process. Please help us ensure that only one person from your agency is completing this document to avoid duplicated responses. At the end of the web questionnaire, you will be asked if you would like to receive a copy of the Final Report.
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