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Officials from the City of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara yesterday asked the federal government to “suspend or postpone” a $50 million grant award of broadband stimulus money earmarked for the San Francisco Bay Area public-safety broadband initiative until questions about the procurement process are resolved.

“The process utilized to select the vendor for this project does not reflect our standard for accepted procurement practices,” San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey Smith stated in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.

San Jose and Oakland locked out of emergency broadband test (Business Journal 09/17/2010)

Read more in an article published in Urgent Communications magazine.

Followup article in Urgent Communications dated 09/14/2010

Click here to read the letter from San Jose and Santa Clara County officials.

SUASI’s Laura Phillips response to Mayor Reed (09/16/2010)

Laura Phillips (SUASI) letter to Santa Clara County Exec Jeff Smith (09/17/2010)

Click here for a comprehensive list of documents related to BayWEB.



SUASI and Motorola agree to build a 700 MHz LTE system in the San Francisco area strengthening the appearance of impropriety between this government entity and the huge communications systems vendor. The cost of the LTE system has been estimated at $604 Million. Read about the history of improprieties here

San Francisco Bay Area to Deploy a LTE Network (from Cellular News)

­Motorola and the Public Safety Agencies within the USA’s San Francisco Bay Area have entered an agreement to build a 700 MHz LTE system. As part of the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) plan, the system will serve multiple agencies across the greater bay area, including San Francisco, Alameda County/Oakland, Contra Costa County, as well as the cities of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. This broadband system provides an overlay to the existing Project 25 standards based IP cores and networks.

The Public Safety LTE system will be installed this year and is expected to be operational in early 2011.

This first phase includes an LTE core, 10 sites and 330 Motorola Public Safety LTE user modems to provide Bay Area responders access to a host of media rich applications delivered over the new broadband network for increased public safety information sharing.

“This agreement represents a first step in realizing the BayRICS vision for a unified, state-of-the-art, mission critical voice and broadband multimedia network,” said Laura Phillips, general manager of the Bay Area UASI. “Combining a Public Safety hardened LTE overlay network with our Project 25 voice and data networks, we have the opportunity to equip our first responders with the advanced communications tools they need to better protect themselves and our communities.”

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