APCO urges conditional auction approach for 700MHz auction

The Association of Public-Safety Communication Officials (APCO), International's President, Wanda McCarley, testified before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and supported a conditional auction approach that would require the winner of a FCC's planned spectrum auction to build a broadband network that serves both public safety and commercial users, and is designed, built, and maintained to meet public safety requirements.

"The only viable option to fund a national public safety broadband network is to form a public-private partnership whereby spectrum resources can be shared among commercial and public safety users, but on a network that meets the requirements of first responder agencies and retains public safety control over public safety spectrum," Wanda McCarley said. The testimony was on behalf of APCO and the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, and supported by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and International Association of Fire Chiefs.

About APCO International

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications. APCO International serves the professional needs of its 15,000 members worldwide by creating a platform for setting professional standards, addressing professional issues and providing education, products and services for people who manage, operate, maintain and supply the communications systems used by police, fire and emergency medical dispatch agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.apcointl.org.

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