Dear IACP Member:
For many years, the IACP has been working toward having the 700MHz D Block be reallocated for an effective nationwide, interoperable, public safety wireless broadband network. Two pieces of legislation would achieve this goal:
- The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act, S. 28, sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), and
- The Broadband for First Responders Act, H.R. 607, sponsored by Reps. Peter King (R-NY) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
The IACP strongly supports both the Senate and House versions of the legislation, but we need your assistance to help pass this legislation and secure this valuable spectrum for public safety. To that end, on behalf of the IACP Executive Committee, I am requesting that every IACP member contact their Senators and Representatives and ask them to support both pieces of legislation.
S. 28 and H.R. 607 would provide law enforcement and other public safety agencies with an additional 10 megahertz (MHz) of spectrum that is necessary to support a nationwide, interoperable, wireless broadband network that will help them fulfill their mission of protecting lives in communities throughout the United States.
Law enforcement and public safety must have a minimum of 20 MHz of broadband spectrum to meet current and future needs and must have access to new technologies to perform increasingly complex duties. These technologies must have adequate and dedicated spectrum that is managed and controlled by public safety to ensure that they will be more secure and reliable than commercial broadband systems. The D-Block allocation to public safety and federal funding is essential if we are to meet the critical needs of our nation’s law enforcement and public safety community.
All of the major national public safety organizations support this legislation, including the National Sheriffs' Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Major County Sheriffs' Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Police Executive Research Forum, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, the National Association of State EMS Officials, the National Criminal Justice Association, the National Emergency Managers Association, the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Troopers' Coalition, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
Additionally, many state, local, and tribal government organizations support it, including the National Governors Association, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the United States Conference of Mayors, the Council of State Governments, the International City/County Managers Association, and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
For an entire list of supporters, please click HERE.
We have included some sample language below for your letters. Please address your letter to your two senators and, if possible, to all U.S. Representatives from your state. Please FAX or EMAIL your letters. Please note that, because of security measures on Capitol Hill, a mailed letter may take months to reach the intended recipient. A list of contact information for all Senators may be found HERE and information for House members may be found HERE.
Thank you for your consideration.
Chief Mark A. Marshall, IACP President
Senate text in RED, House text in BLUE.
Dear Senator/Representative __________:
As Chief of the ___________ [insert department name] Police Department, I am writing to advise you of my strong support of the Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act (S. 28), sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)/Broadband for First Responders Act (H.R. 607), sponsored by Reps. Peter King and Bennie Thompson. The legislation will allocate D-Block spectrum to public safety for the development of a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network and designate significant funds to build out and operate the nationwide network.
Law enforcement and public safety must have a minimum of 20 MHz of broadband spectrum to meet current and future needs and must have access to new technologies to perform increasingly complex duties. These technologies must have adequate and dedicated spectrum that is managed and controlled by public safety to ensure that they will be more secure and reliable than commercial systems. The D-Block allocation and funding is essential if we are to meet the critical needs of our nation’s law enforcement and public safety community.
I am proud to support S. 28/H.R. 607, and I urge you to support our efforts as well.
Chief, _____________ [insert name] Police Department