76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008
Miami

2008 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS

MAYORS CALL ON FCC TO PRESERVE 700 MHz D-BLOCK FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

WHEREAS, the conversion from analog television broadcasting to digital television broadcasting on February 19, 2009 results in certain 700 MHz spectrum becoming available for alternative uses, including public safety; and

WHEREAS, the FCC in auctioning this spectrum set aside a block of this spectrum (“D-Block”) for the establishment of a mandatory public/private partnership to create a nationwide, interoperable broadband public safety network that would serve public safety and homeland security needs; and

WHEREAS, no bidder in the recently concluded auction of the 700 MHz licenses meet the FCC’s reserve price of $1.33 billion; and,

WHEREAS, the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking(“NPRM”) to ask whether it is still in the public interest to retain a public/private partnership set-aside, or instead provide the D-Block for solely commercial uses; and

WHEREAS, the Commission’s NPRM also asks a number of questions on how best to achieve this public/private partnership should the FCC choose to reserve the spectrum for the public safety public/private partnership,

NOW THEREFORE BE IN RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls upon the FCC to find that preservation of the public/private partnership to create a nationwide, interoperable broadband public safety network would serve public safety and homeland security needs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that preservation of the spectrum for first responder use must be the leading goal of any actions taken in this docket; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors shall file this resolution with the Federal Communications Commission and calls upon the FCC to meet with local government representatives as a means to best answer tother operational issues posed by the FCC in its NPRM.