Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, July 31, 2015

First off this week, I recently had an opportunity to have a conversation with the acting CTO of FirstNet (yes, another “acting” deserving of being appointed to the position). We discussed the NIST initiative to spend research dollars on location services, including inbuilding and 3-Dimensional location (including, for instance, exactly what floor of a building a fire fighter is on). I had expressed concern that NIST was duplicating work being done in the industry. Jeff explained that NIST was not trying to duplicate work being done in private industry and in fact will be funding some of that work. He also explained that FirstNet’s location requirements exceed the new 9-1-1 location standards mandated by the FCC. We both agreed that a number of companies are close to providing what FirstNet needs and hope the technology will be the same across both FirstNet and the commercial operators.

I was pleased to hear that NIST was not planning to spend a lot of money working toward the same goal as a number of commercial companies and that some of the NIST money could be made available to these companies to speed up their research and development efforts.

This past Monday July 27th comments for the FirstNet draft RFP were due. My own comments were 30 pages long and I assume many others will be even longer. The goal, after all, is to assist FirstNet in attracting as many qualified bidders and partnership bidders as possible so it will have a choice of different companies with different ways to provide what is required. We should not lose sight of what is required. FirstNet is charged with building and operating a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) yet it was funded by Congress with only $7 Billion from spectrum auctions.

As a comparison, T-Mobile today announced it will spend $4+ Billion in 2015 on LTE network enhancements to its existing LTE network that has already cost well over $20 billion to deploy. So FirstNet finding at least one partner is critical to its success. I don’t believe anyone looking at the comments that were filed will get any indication of which companies might or might not be considering bidding. Like in the earlier spectrum auctions, the major commercial operators will use stand-ins or other LLCs or companies to do the bidding so I do not think we will know who will respond to the RFP until the responses are actually due.

One of the critical issues for me is how soon after the RFP is released will the 600-MHz auctions take place and how much spectrum will be made available. The maximum spectrum available if channels 32-52 (with the exception of channel 37 that is used for radio telescopes) were put into the auction would mean a pool of 174 MHz of spectrum. I do not expect we will see all of that become available this time around but perhaps 60-80 MHz of it. So the question is, “Do I (as a major company) commit to spending upwards of $30 Billion with FirstNet to share its spectrum on a secondary basis or do I wait until the 600-MHz auction to see what I can buy with that amount of money?” We will find out the answer to this question in 5-10 months. Have a great weekend Andy

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