I think this is very sad that Sprint Nextel, which Motorola owns 25 percent of, takes advantage of a government agency.
In response to “Obama and Lawmakers Weigh in on Public-Safety Broadband” from the August print issue
I receive MissionCritical Communications magazine on a regular basis. In the August 2010 issue there is an article on Page 14 concerning public-safety broadband. Your magazine may have already done an article on the why of this issue that I missed, but I am still at a loss as to why this is even necessary.
I believe the FCC has got it right when it states 10 megahertz using the right technology will be more than adequate to deal with any space needs for public safety. Is the government trying to compete with the private sector for infrastructure, or is there a real need for this issue to be pursued? In the end, will private sector infrastructure companies be hurt by this, then forcing the cost to use them to go up? Will this eventually force the public to use the government system because of the damage it will ultimately do to the private sector?
Radio Technician/Phone Admin
Toledo (Ohio) Area Regional Transit Authority
I have been supplying the surge protection to General Dynamics C4 Systems for the Rescue21 project for several years. I am also a boater and venture out of site of land off the Florida coast. It is comforting to know that a one-button distress call can get you help.
Sales Engineer, Capt. USCG Licensed Master 50GT
Cooper Crouse-Hinds MTL
(formerly Atlantic Scientific Corp.)
PlantCML continues to be a thought leader in not only public-safety aspects, but also incident management and notification architectures. I appreciated your insights to the NENA activities in next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) development.
Pat D. Morgan/J37
I’ve been in the communications business for 35 years also. And like Terry Miller, I’ve seen it transform from two cans and a string to virtual magic.
This 800 MHz rebanding program has been the biggest scam since waiting for my check from Nigeria.
Miller’s comment about public safety being short-changed is an understatement. And his final statement, “Each task is questioned by the unknowing or the disinterested. Process is valued over substance," is very profound.
Garden City, S.C.
Your article lists as a fact "By Jan. 1, 2013, the minimum you must transmit is 12.5-kilohertz channel analog voice. You can employ Project 25 (P25) on that channel if you want." This is almost correct. In fact, the maximum bandwidth you can use on VHF and UHF is 12.5 kilohertz beginning Jan. 1, 2013. Of course, if you have an NXDN radio, such as Icom's IDAS, you can transmit and receive in 6.25-kilohertz digital.
You might also focus some attention to Item 11 in the FCC's latest report and order issued June 30. It mandates that all VHF and UHF radios certified after Jan. 1, 2013, must have 6.25-kilohertz capability. This is going to cause a major change to the low-end two-way radio market.
Paul J. Toth