Another Verizon Wireless funded Criterion Economics report has come out that predicts public-safety agencies may have to cough up $9 billion over the next six years if a 700 MHz auction bidder successfully wins the right to build an open access public safety network. Criterion also contributed to a Washington Post column that blasted the Frontline plan. On the positive side for Frontline, Northrop Grumman told the FCC that a plan like Frontline's, an open-access shared network, would not compromise first responders.
All the noise led Frontline's chairman and the former FCC chairman, Reed Hundt to challenge Verizon's CEO to debate their respective sides in front of federal regulators.
For more on Frontline's challenge:
- read this article from RCR News