URGENT: CALL-TO-ACTION, a message from IACP President Walter A. McNeil

Public Safety Communications

Thursday, December 15

On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3630, the Payroll Tax Deduction Extension legislation, which included the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act of 2011—which allocates the D-Block spectrum to public safety and funds the build out of the Public Safety Broadband Network.

The IACP has serious concerns for several provisions contained in the JOBS Act.

Specifically, the JOBS act mandates giveback of mission critical spectrum which public safety currently uses for voice communications; does not provide enough funding for the build out of a nationwide, interoperable, wireless broadband network; and creates and unworkable “administrator” governance model.

The IACP thanks the many members who responded to Tuesday’s call to action and we are asking for your help again.

As the Senate considers this legislation as part of the Payroll Tax Deduction Extension language, we need your help to make sure Senators know which plan is best for the law enforcement community and other public safety entities.

Your Senators need to hear from you.

The IACP has long been a supporter of S. 911, the SPECTRUM Act, a bi-partisan bill sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). The SPECTRUM Act would allocate the D-Block to public safety, allow for the build out of an effective nationwide public safety wireless broadband network, set up a workable governance structure for the network and allocate adequate funding for the network. It is imperative that S. 911 be added to the Senate version of the payroll tax legislation.

Contact your Senators today and tell them you support the language in S. 911.

Click below to visit the IACP’s Legislative Action Center to quickly and easily send a message to your Senators. Included in the Legislative Action Center is a sample letter for your use.
Legislative Action Center

Any D-Block legislation considered MUST:

  • Allocate the D-Block to public safety; Allow for the build out of an effective nationwide public safety wireless broadband network,; Set up a workable governance structure for the network; and Allocate adequate funding for the network.

The IACP has been working with the Public Safety Alliance and several other law enforcement and first responder organizations to coordinate this effort. Please take this opportunity to contact your Senators and ask them to support public safety and our nation’s first responders.

Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the IACP and the law enforcement community.


Walter A. McNeil