APCO Offers Public Safety Perspective on National Spectrum Policies

On January 2, APCO submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding implementation of the National Spectrum Strategy, which was developed to ensure federal spectrum policy advances U.S. innovation, economic vitality, and security. APCO’s comments focused on how NTIA and other agencies should take public safety considerations into account when implementing the Strategy. Among other things, APCO urged NTIA to consider public safety’s unique needs for access to highly reliable, interference-free spectrum when assessing the demand for spectrum and to ensure spectrum sharing mechanisms are proven in advance through real-world testing to prevent interference and promptly identify and eliminate interference when it occurs.