|Utilities Look at Sharing 700 MHz Band with Public Safety|
|Wednesday, 05 September 2012 09:15|
Carlson's LongHaul ST-700
The future of spectrum use will include plenty of sharing, dynamic access and other creative ways to make the most of this valuable resource. Utilities and public safety agencies are leading the rend by sharing the 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network (PBSN) band. Carlson's award-winning LongHaul ST 700 operates in this robust frequency band, which offers near-line-of-sight connectivity ideal for rural environments.
UTC: "Landmark Legislation"
Up until this year, the 700 MHz band was licensed for public safety alone. In April, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set out a plan for public-private partnerships for use of the 700 MHz band, “landmark legislation” according to the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC).
"For years, UTC has advocated that utilities need access to sufficient spectrum to support their mission critical operations and to meet the overarching national policy objectives of energy independence and security. Congress' action today makes it possible for utilities to access the high quality spectrum that they urgently need," the UTC stated in a press release earlier this year.
Spectrum Sharing Workshops
Now, the UTC is holding workshops to explore ways that utilities and other critical infrastructure industries (CII) can use 700 MHz, particularly for communications during emergencies. The next workshop, scheduled for Oct. 3 in Tempe, Arizona, alongside the UTC’s Fall Technical Meeting, features speakers from government, industry and public safety.
According to the UTC, sharing the network will offer utilities many benefits such as “spectral and economic efficiencies, improved communications reliability and resiliency, as well as interoperability between First Responders.”
The workshop aims to facilitate these promising public-private partnerships by mapping out the technical and bureaucratic details.
Utilities Vital to Public Safety
At the previous workshop, held in June in Washington, D.C., numerous government agency representatives expressed their support of sharing the 700 MHz band with utilities.
Chris Essid, Director of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) said the network offers "outstanding opportunities for collaboration between utilities and public safety."
The FCC, Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and others agreed that utilities constitute a vital part of the public safety network.
Huge Limited-Time Discount for Utiltities
Carlson’s LongHaul ST-700 is already recognized as a Hot Product for Public Safety by Public Safety Communications, the publication of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO).
And now, Carlson is pleased to offer this powerful Ethernet radio to utilities and other CIIs at a special discount of 25% during the entire month of September. LongHaul ST is also is other licensed and unlicensed frequencies, including 900 MHz for near-line-of-sight performance.
This special 25% discount is also good on Trailblazer Hybrid, a favorite among our utility customers for substation isolation and monitoring and control of equipment.
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