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This post is based on information gleaned from Andrew Seybold’s Public Safety newsletter.

The NTIA on March 28, 2012 met with representatives of the National Governor’s Association and delivered a message cautioning the 21 waiver jurisdictions that have been granted authority by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin network construction to consider halting their work in order to ensure resources are not wasted when the nationwide network is deployed.

Will Bay Area governments continue pouring cash and other resources into BayWEB?  This ethically questionable no-bid deal with Motorola will almost certainly not be compliant with technical and governance standards that will soon be cast for the nationwide public-safety D-Block broadband network.

In essence, NTIA told BayWEB to stand down.  Will this force the BayWEB project to be scrapped before it is built, or will it be built and then scrapped?  Allowing BayWEB to continue is not in the public interest. The troubled project should be shut down now.

I continue to believe that mission-critical voice and data communication for public safety will quickly become ubiquitous in major metropolitan areas.  It will hasten the obsolescence of P25 trunked systems and it has the potential to become a truly interoperable radio system for first responders.  Perhaps NTIA is on the right track this time.