The Public Safety Spectrum Trust has decided to pursue regional D-Block licenses in the 700 MHz spectrum and scale back its financial relationship with Cyren Call Communications, the advisory group headed by former Nextel Communications co-founder Morgan O'Brien.
The PSST said that it would still prefer a nationwide D-Block licensee, but the board unanimously voted to consider regionalized commercial licenses. "If you take into consideration that there may not be anybody willing to bid on a nationwide D Block [license], then it is reasonable to look at regional licensing," said PSST Chairman Harlin McEwen.
While many have said regional licensees would make the proposed public-private partnership more feasible financially for commercial partners, there have been concerns the model would result in technological incompatibility and make negotiations with the PSST so complex it would be difficult to achieve a nationwide broadband service for public safety.
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