NPSTC Files Reply Comments Supporting Intelligent Vehicle Apps in the 5 GHz Band

On July 24, NPSTC filed Reply Comments supporting Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices in the 5 GHz band, including in the 5.9 GHz spectrum currently allocated for intelligent vehicle and highway applications.   In these comments, NPSTC joins the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in recommending additional testing in the 5.9 GHz band of the potential for interference from proposed U-NII devices to intelligent vehicle and highway operations.  See Regulatory Actions at

NTIA Awards $13.1 Million in Grants to Five States to Assist in FirstNet Planning

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced it has awarded the first $13.1 million in grants under the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP). The awards are going to Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Ohio, and will support state planning, consultation and outreach activities of these states as they prepare for the launch of the first nationwide public safety broadband network.

NPSTC’s BBWG Publishes Push-to-Talk Requirements for Broadband

The principal purpose of this document is to define, from the perspective of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), broadband public safety PTT requirements for consideration by FirstNet as it embarks on its mission to deploy the nation’s first Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), along with other international standards bodies.

Public safety grade PTT voice remains the most critical means of communications for first responders in emergency situations and cannot be compromised.  Although the focus of this document is public safety grade PTT voice communications, it is not intended to exclude other forms of voice communications currently routinely used by many public safety agencies such as public switched telephone network (PSTN) voice, and commercial grade PTT voice, from the network.

The BBWG believes Long Term Evolution (LTE) public safety grade voice PTT communications requirements are universal, and these requirements should be adopted globally.  These requirements stem from a collaboration of users, and the implementation of Best Practices within the mission critical public safety community. This document defines those requirements.