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Parliamentary questions
3 May 2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Paul Rübig (PPE)

 Subject: Wireless broadband communications for European public safety organisations


the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC12) instructed the radiocommunication sector (ITU-R) to study the introduction of mobile services in the spectrum band 694‑790 MHz for Region 1 and WRC15 to take the necessary actions through Agenda Item 1.2;
in June 2011 the Electronic Communications Committee Working Group Frequency Management (ECC WG FM) established project team PT 49, tasked to study the advanced public safety and disaster relief services and their demand for radio spectrum;

Noting that

the decision on the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme (RSPP) has been adopted and published;

Taking into account

RSPP Article 8.3 on dedicated spectrum for advanced broadband public safety services under harmonised conditions in Member States;
the provisions of Decision No 676/2002/EC;

Further noting that

on Friday 16 February 2012, the US Congress passed a bill authorising the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reallocate the 700 MHz D-Block spectrum for dedicated public safety broadband use;
Industry Canada has announced its intention to follow the US decision, thus establishing a seamless cross-border public safety operational environment between the United States and Canada;
Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) is studying how spectrum within the band 698‑806 MHz can be allocated across the region to advanced public safety services.

What steps is the Commission planning to take by 2015 to safeguard the achievement of the aim of the provisions of the RSPP, and in particular Article 8.3, and thus ensure that Europe does not fall behind the rest of the world in providing a harmonised spectrum environment for advanced, mobile broadband public safety and disaster relief communication?

 OJ C 192 E, 03/07/2013
Last updated: 23 May 2012Legal notice