House Communications Subcommittee Passes Public Safety Spectrum Bill

On Dec. 1st, the House Communications Subcommittee voted 17-6 to allow passage of a bill crafted by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) which calls for D Block reallocation and at least $5 billion in funding for the deployment of a nationwide LTE network for first responders.

The bill differs from past attempts by the Subcommittee to work out a deal for the 700Mhz D Block spectrum in that it calls for public safety to return the narrowband spectrum to the FCC in the future.

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