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TIA Meets with FCC Public Safety & Homeland Security Chief on Equipment Authorization Freeze for Band 14 Products

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TIA Meets with FCC Public Safety & Homeland Security Chief on Equipment Authorization Freeze for Band 14 Products
 
ARLINGTON, VA (March 25, 2013) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, and representatives of member companies met with David S. Turetsky, Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, in addition to Gene Fullano, Brian Hurley, and Erika Olsen of PSHSB on Thursday, March 21, 2013.  In this meeting, TIA outlined the concerns expressed in TIA President Grant Seiffert’s recent letter to Chairman Genachowski regarding the freeze in equipment authorizations for Band 14 products.
 
The industry representatives lauded the March 8th release of the Commission’s 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband NPRM.  While paragraph 33 of the NPRM makes explicit a suspension of the acceptance and processing of any new equipment authorizations in the public safety broadband bands, the main concern raised in the February 25th letter, the representatives expressed their understanding of the legal context requiring a proceeding and their appreciation for the movement toward addressing their concerns.
 
TIA told the Bureau staff that there are First Responders with existing broadband devices, such as 3G devices used on commercial networks, are near, or at, the end of the product lifecycle. These jurisdictions want to secure products with LTE capability on a commercial band, while avoiding possible future duplicative costs, by obtaining Band 14-ready devices before the National Public Safety Broadband Network is operational. The uncertainty resulting from not having technical and services rules in effect for operation in Band 14 also impacts the product development cycle, such as the availability of chipsets for integration to user devices.
 
About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.
 
TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.
 
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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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