UTC is the recognized voice of utility issues regarding participation in the FirstNet deployment program.
FirstNet and the 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network. UTC urges FirstNet to share the 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network with utilities, which could accelerate the deployment of the network, particularly in rural areas, and which could create synergies that would enhance the reliability and promote the economic sustainability of the network going forward. Despite these clear public interest benefits, there is uncertainty regarding utility priority access to the network, which discourages utility investment and participation in the network. Hence, UTC urges FirstNet to provide utilities with priority access in order to promote utility investment and partnerships with public safety, which will accelerate network deployment and promote ongoing sustainability and reliability.