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Fraternal Order of Police Supports Allocating 4.9 GHz Band to FirstNet

The Fraternal Order of Police supported a proposal assigning the 4.9 GHz band to FirstNet (see 2401190067). “In recent months, there has been a concerted effort by organizations -- many of which are not public safety -- to sow doubt…

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about public safety’s vision for how to reform the 4.9 GHz band,” the group said in a Friday letter to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. These groups “shrouded their mission under the false banner of ‘local control’ and falsely claim incumbent licensees would lose access to the band if it is operationalized for nationwide 5G,” the letter said: Under their plan, a “fractured, decentralized approach would continue -- thus limiting the utilization of the band for the benefit of public safety.” Some of the strongest opposition has come from the recently formed Coalition for Emergency Response and Critical Infrastructure (see 2402060078). Members include the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Edison Electric Institute, T-Mobile, UScellular, Verizon and the Competitive Carriers Association.