Bringing broadband to public safety

Spectrum Coalition for Public Safety

The FCC's 700 MHz plan

The FCC's 4.9 GHz plan

The coalition's 700 MHz plan

Total public safety bandwidth:

24 MHz

50 MHz

An additional 10 MHz

Uses:

Depending on the technology used, officials can send only voice and text-based messages, or they can also access the Web and exchange images.

The technology creates hot spots for broadband access to video, geographic information system data and high-resolution images.

The coalition's plan would build on the FCC's recommendations to provide broadband access on a citywide, countywide and statewide basis.

High-speed access per user:

Not available

Yes (more than 1.2 megabits/sec)

Yes (up to 3 megabits/sec)

High-speed access per site:

Not available

Yes (more than 10 megabits/sec)

Yes (up to 27 megabits/sec)

Citywide coverage:

Yes (using 10 sites or towers)

Not available (even with 400 access points)

Yes (using 10 sites)

Scalable:

No

Yes

Yes

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