[aprssig] 420-440 MHz (Low End of UHF Band) Under Attack Again
Stephen H. Smith
wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Thu Mar 10 16:13:47 CST 2011
From ARRL Site:
On February 10, 2011, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland
Security Committee, introduced H.R. 607, the “Broadband for First Responders
Act of 2011,” which has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce
Committee (which handles telecommunications legislation). The bill addresses
certain spectrum management issues including the creation and maintenance of a
nationwide Public Safety broadband network.
As part of that network, the Bill provides for the allocation of the so-called
“D-Block” of spectrum in the 700 MHz range for Public Safety use. HR 607
uniquely, provides for the reallocation of other spectrum for auction to
commercial users, in order to offset the loss of revenue that would occur as
the result of the allocation of the D-Block to Public Safety instead of
commercial auction. H.R. 607 lists, among the bands to be reallocated for
commercial auction within ten years of the passage of the Bill, the paired
bands 420-440 MHz and 450-470 MHz.
The inclusion of most of the Amateur 70-cm spectrum as one of the replacement
bands is a major problem. The 420-440 MHz band is not Public Safety spectrum
and should not be included in any spectrum swap of Public Safety allocations.
While the ARRL and all Amateurs support the work of Public Safety and recognize
their need for dedicated spectrum which would promote interoperability, the
ARRL vigorously opposes HR 607 in its present form. HR 607 is a direct threat
to our limited spectrum and the ARRL encourages all amateurs to appropriately
voice their opposition to this bill.
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