Public Safety Advocate, December 13, 2013, Courtesy Andy Seybold

The Big news this week is the moving of the Incentive Auction to 2015. This is one of the auctions which will provide funding for the FirstNet $7 Billion and I was disappointed in the new timing. However, this is a very difficult auction, since the TV stations get a chance to opt-in and then the spectrum is auctioned.

The Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) held it’s second meeting this week at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, GA. It was well attended, including a number of FirstNet executives. The session was good, and there was a very healthy exchange and dialogue between the PSAC and FirstNet.

The FirstNet Board of Directors meeting will be held in Denver next week and we should learn more about the progress that has been made and next steps.


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Dec  9 19:56 That came in a petition Monday asking the full commission to review the bureau order, reduce the paperwork burden and insure the security of sensitive

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