For more than a year, Congress has been trying to hammer out spectrum legislation that includes funding for a national public safety network.
However in an 89-10 vote, the Senate dropped the spectrum legislation from a version of the payroll tax bill passed Saturday.
The Senate version would create a nonprofit corporation to oversee construction and management of the network, while the House version wants an outside administrator to supervise the process.
Spectrum legislation looks to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband technologies by giving broadcasters money in return for some of their airwaves.
Some of the airwaves would be auctioned to wireless companies, and some would be reserved for the government.
If passed, the legislation would fund the creation of a national broadband network for public safety officials. The network would run off of the government’s reserved spectrum. The proposed network would allow first responders to send multitudes of data including videos and pictures during emergencies.