Benefits of a Public Safety/Commercial Partnership
Commercial investment to fund the build-out of the shared network infrastructure addresses the most significant obstacle to public safety access to technologically advanced communications capabilities – the limited availability of public funding. Providing for a shared infrastructure that couples the 10 MHz of D Block spectrum with the PSST's 10 MHz will help achieve significant cost efficiencies. It will allow public safety agencies to take advantage of commercial, off-the-shelf technology, benefit from the economies of scale feature of commercial wireless networks and gain from commercial carriers' investments in research and development of advanced wireless technologies. It also will benefit the public safety community by providing it with access to the D Block spectrum. Most importantly, it will provide all of these advantages uniformly, on a nationwide basis.