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NIST Seeks Help Building National Public Safety Network

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced it is seeking advice on building a national wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.

A Sept. 12 Federal Register notice asks for comments as to whether the network is plausible with today’s technology or technology in the near future.

The proposed network would use a portion of the 700 megahertz radio frequency spectrum, known as the “D Block.”

Responses will assist in determining research and development priorities anticipating a $3 billion fund that has not yet been approved by Congress.

President Barack Obama’s recently announced jobs proposal sets aside $300 million for public safety research and development.

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