Solving 800 MHz Radio Interference: A Win for All

Over the past year, I have been a staunch advocate – along with many other public safety organizations and representatives – of a plan to eliminate a serious radio interference problem that has plagued public safety in the 800 MHz frequency band for...


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The power of the news media cannot be ignored. Many thanks must go to the reporters, especially those in the wireless media section. So many times, the accurate reporting and journalism kept the playing field even and honest. Without this reporting, public safety would have been at a significant disadvantage.

As we move into the final days, it is also important to extend an olive branch to those organizations, companies and individuals and send thanks for changing their positions to one of support to the FCC Order, which ultimately eliminates unnecessary and dangerous delays that may have otherwise occurred through legal challenges.

Lastly, FCC Chairman Michael Powell and FCC Commissioners Kathleen Abernathy, Michael Copps, Kevin Martin and Jonathan Adelstein must be recognized for a final decision that was unanimous, bipartisan and resulted in a win-win-win decision. Their collective decision will have an everlasting effect on public safety radio communications.


Charles Werner, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a 28-year veteran of the fire service and is deputy fire chief of the Charlottesville, VA, Fire Department. Werner serves on a number of local, state and federal interoperability working groups, and is technology chair for the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and chair of the Commonwealth of Virginia First Responder Executive Committee. In addition, he serves on the SAFECOM Executive Committee and Advisory Group.