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Lawmakers Call for T-Band Spectrum Protections

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and first responders from across the country today called for the creation of a new law to protect the T-Band spectrum.

The lawmakers’ legislation repeals a provision of the 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, which directed the Federal Communications Commission to auction off this band of spectrum by 2021.

The FCC has already begun denying customary license renewals for T-Band users.

T-Band users, federal agencies and national public safety organizations have already determined that cities like, New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia, lack sufficient spectrum in any band to relocate public safety’s existing T-Band operations, lawmakers said.

“For first responders who encounter life-threatening scenarios every day, an operational radio is essential,” said Fire Chief Gary Ludwig, president and chairman of the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).