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EMS Community Warned of 4G Coalition's Effort to Rebrand Itself as "Public Safety"

Dec 15, 2010

Following a news conference by the 4G Coalition in Washington, D.C., the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) warned EMS agencies and associations nationwide of the attempt by a group of wireless service companies to wrest away from public safety the 700 MHz "D Block" of wireless broadband spectrum. This same spectrum is sought by public safety to create a nationwide public safety broadband network, which the NAEMT Board of Directors strongly supports.

Renaming itself "Connect Public Safety Now", the 4G Coalition would have that spectrum sold to the highest bidders for commercial wireless use. The 4G Coalition is made up of Sprint-Nextel, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and other wireless service providers who seek an opportunity to buy more 700 MHz broadband spectrum with which to compete for clients. Therefore, they are encouraging Congress and the FCC to open the D Block for a "sale-to-the-highest-bidder" auction of that space instead of allocating it for public safety use as is overwhelmingly desired by the national public safety community. 

Nationally, EMS needs this spectrum to be able to implement new, life-saving technologies.

The national public safety community's effort is led by the Public Safety Alliance, to which NAEMT belongs. For more information, visit the group's web site.