700 MHz PSBN Deployment in Los Angeles Suspended
In the latest in a series of setbacks for an early deployment of the 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network in Los Angeles, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a statement last week that it was suspending further construction of the network. This announcement was spurred by an earlier decision by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles City Council, which voted to suspend further constriction, including the construction of cell sites on fire stations and police stations, which created a firestorm of opposition from the union for the firefighters who are concerned about the health effects of RF exposure. Under the terms of its funding grant from NTIA, LA RICS has a September 30 th deadline to complete the construction, which will be difficult to meet, now that further construction has been suspended. LA RICS is required to submit an amended build-out plan by April 13th.