Meet the FCC's Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau Chief

On Sept. 25, 2006, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took a bold new step by establishing the Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau.

Chief Poarch reflected on 800 MHz and rebanding highlighted that the rebanding process is complex and by its very nature created deadlock. There has been much progress and he remains focused on streamlining the process and getting back on track.

On the topic of 700 MHz, Chief Poarch expressed his hopes that public safety will embrace 700 MHz and maximize this spectrum for both voice and data. On the new paradigm of combining public safety and commercial spectrum, he believes that it will provide communications capacity to address the needs of public safety during times of crisis. Chief Poarch envisions that the fact that the network will be built to public safety specifications will address reliability and support the evolution of state-of-the-art technologies. Public safety uses of the network can include a diversity of uses, including the transmission of voice, video or data over an advanced broadband communications network in times of emergency and on a day-to-day basis.

The development of the Public Safety Broadband Licensee (PSBL) will be to administer access administer access to the nationwide public safety broadband network by individual public safety entities. It is Chief Poarch's expectation that the PSBL will be well-positioned to work with individual public safety entities to both promote and enable use of the new nationwide public safety broadband network.

On November 19, 2007 - the FCC announced the selection of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust Corporation (PSST) to oversee the creation of a nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety as the (PSBL). The PSST is a non-profit established by national public safety leadership. For more information on the PSST visit their website:

I have had the opportunity to participate on several of the bureau's panels and acknowledge that Chief Poarch, his staff and the FCC are open and steadfast in their effort to enhance public safety communications.