80th Annual Meeting


WHEREAS, last year The United States Conference of Mayors adopted policy calling for the quick passage of legislation that would reallocate the D Block of the 700MHz spectrum to public safety and the use of proceeds from other FCC spectrum auctions to offset the cost of network deployment, operation and maintenance; and

WHEREAS, that policy also called for the establishment of a national non-profit corporation to hold the public safety broadband spectrum license, to build and oversee the wireless network, and to ensure seamless nationwide interoperability, and that state and local government and public safety representatives be well represented on the governing board of that corporation in order to assure public safety control of the local/regional component of the nationwide network; and

WHEREAS, Title VI of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, enacted into law on February 22, 2012, requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet); requires FirstNet to establish a public safety broadband network based on a single, national network architecture and instructs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reallocate the D Block to public safety and auctionthe T-Band spectrum; and

WHEREAS, this legislation also requires that the current public safety T-Band spectrum be reallocated to commercial use and auctioned off within nine years of H.R. 3630ís enactment, and that both commercial and public safety T-Band licensees be relocated to other spectrum within two years of that auction, and that auction proceeds be available to them to cover relocation costs; and

WHEREAS, Title VI also provides that from these auctions $135 million is to be available for state and local planning and implementation and up to $7 billion is to be used to construct, operate, and maintain the public safety broadband network; and

WHEREAS, officials at the FCC and NTIA are moving swiftly to implement these provisions so that they will meet the deadlines established in the legislation; and

WHEREAS, there are many questions about the role which local governments will play in the public safety broadband network, whether that network will integrate with and utilize existing public safety communications networks and equipment, and the affordability of use of the network and specialized equipment and,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors supports the deployment of the Public Safety Broadband Network and calls for the First Responder Network Authority to expeditiously establish national standards and begin building the network; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors urges the NTIA to assure that local governments and local first responders are well represented on the FirstNet Board and advisory committees; and

BE IT FURTHER RESLOVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls on the the FCC to prioritize and make spectrum immediately available to all public safety licensees that must vacate from the T-Band spectrum, and all costs of relocating to that spectrum be covered and made available to licensees to successfully migrate without interruption; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NTIA assure that the local first responder communication needs be taken into account in the state and local planning and implementation grants and that planning and implementation activities assure that the network to be developed integrates with the existing public safety communication networks, including local narrowband communications and broadband networks under development in the jurisdictions which have been granted waivers by the FCC to deploy broadband networks in advance of the nationwide network; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that FirstNet assure that the public safety broadband network is built out it similarly takes into account the communication needs of local first responders and incorporates existing public safety communications networks; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that FirstNet assure that network user fees are affordable by local public safety organizations and that there is sufficient research and development funding to assure the affordability of equipment compatible with the network; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors calls on the First Responder Network Authority to maximize existing infrastructure to expedite both the urban and rural build out, and to seek partnerships with commercial or other entities to reduce user fees for public safety entities.††


RESOLUTION ADOPTED JUNE 2012