The New York City Police Department (NYCPD) and other municipal entities calling for direct allocation of 700 MHz D-block frequencies to the public safety sector received a show of support from AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which both urged the FCC to abandon its 700 MHz D-block reauction plan in favor of assigning that spectrum to public safety entities. Verizon and AT&T outlined their recommendations in reply comments that were filed last week in the D-block reauction proceeding. Last spring, the Dblock was left as the only swath of spectrum to remain unsold at the 700 MHz auction, which netted a record $19 billion in bids. In hopes of achieving the reserve price that is required for the D-block to sell, the FCC is proposing to sell the D-block on a nationwide basis or as a system of regional, interoperable networks while slashing the reserve price and easing build-out requirements. Arguing that the latest D-block rulemaking notice fell short in addressing the spectrum needs of local first responder agencies, the NYCPD and other municipal agencies oppose the reauction and are urging the FCC to adopt a direct assignment plan that would enable local and regional public safety entities to achieve nationwide interoperability through a “network of networks.” While citing “broad concerns” with the reauction plan, AT&T added its voice to that of the NYCPD in urging allocation of Dblock frequencies to public safety, arguing that such a move “would enable first responders to have sufficient control over the spectrum to ensure that the resulting network meets their critical, but differing, needs.” Verizon warned the FCC that the reauction plan would not work, as municipalities “have made clear that they . . . do not intend to participate in the Commission’s plan” and because “the record suggests that the proposals contained in the [rulemaking notice] will not make the D-block sufficiently attractive to prospective [commercial] bidders.” Proclaiming that “smaller cities, towns and rural areas will not be served” by a direct allocation of D-block spectrum to the public safety community, the Public Safety Spectrum Trust defended the auction plan, asserting: “the Commission has recognized that local and regional efforts to construct public safety networks will leave most of the country’s public safety community without wireless broadband for the foreseeable future.”