updated 10:55 pm EST, Tue January 25, 2011
Network to be used for information, videos, photos
The FCC has approved a proposal that will require LTE technology to be used for public safety mobile broadband networks utilized by first responders. The regulations specify that LTE will be the standard for interoperability between broadband equipment used for communicating information, videos, photos and e-mails during standard operations and emergencies.
The agency is currently seeking public comment regarding other related issues such as interconnectivity between networks, encryption, coverage, and roaming or priority access between the public safety broadband networks.
The FCC's announcement includes a note about problems identified by the 9/11 Commission, which suggested the government set aside additional spectrum for public safety purposes and improve communication between agencies involved in emergency response.