FCS strongly supports the establishment of, and investment in a nationwide interoperable public safety network.
FCS resists attempts to force technology-prescriptive or spectrum-prescriptive solutions into the market place.
Public investment should reject top down, command and- control methods that impede the access of public safety users to the most appropriate technologies for their specific needs.
Public Safety Users’ requirement for mission-critical voice and mission-critical data should be the sole means by which potential new solutions are bench-tested.
PPDR users’ approach to spectrum management has more in common with utilities and operators of ports and critical national infrastructure than it does with commercially-motivated operators of mobile phone networks. Greater emphasis should be placed on the opportunities for partnerships with utilities and CNI when planning future spectrum and infrastructure needs for blue-light services.