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DON'T BREAK UP THE "T" BAND ACT PART OF YEAR END LEGISLATION
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By Member Gregory Anderson
December 22, 2020

AS PART OF THE YEAR END COVID 19 STIMULUS PACKAGE CONGRESS HAS INCLUDED THE "DON'T BREAK UP THE T-BAND ACT.
"SECTION 902 REPEALS THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE FCC TO REALLOCATE AND AUCTION THE 470 TO 512 MEGAHERTZ BAND, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS THE T-BAND. IN CERTAIN URBAN AREAS, THE T-BAND IS UTILIZED BY PUBLIC SAFETY ENTITIES. IT ALSO DIRECTS THE FCC TO IMPLEMENT RULES TO CLARIFY ACCEPTABLE EXPENDITURES ON WHICH 911 FEES CAN BE SPENT, AND CREATES A STRIKE FORCE TO CONSIDER HOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN END 911 FEE DIVERSION.

THIS IS A HUGE WIN FOR NEW YORK STATE, NASSAU & SUFFOLK COUNTIES, AS WELL AS 911 PSAPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

THE SUFFOLK COUNTY FIRE CHIEFS COUNCIL WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO SPENT MANY HOURS OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS WORKING ON THE T-BAND EFFORT, ESPECIALLY MYLES P. QUINN, MICHAEL POSTEL AND GREG MINIUTTI. THESE MEN SPENT NUMEROUS HOURS WORKING WITH ALL OUR LOCAL, STATE & FEDERAL POLITICIANS AND KEEPING THE RANK AND FILE INFORMED EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

GENTLEMEN, YOUR TIME AND DEDICATION ON ADDRESSING THIS MATTER FOR THE EMERGENCY SERVICES OF SUFFOLK COUNTY AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY IS SECOND TO NONE. THIS IS A HUGE WIN FOR SUFFOLK COUNTY AND ALL PUBLIC SAFETY.

THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

ATTACHED IS IAFC ARTICLE ON THE T-BAND LEGISLATION.

Attachments:
Attachment Congress Passes Legislation Protecting Mission-Critical Public Safety Communications.pdf  (56k)
 

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