Taking a stance at odds with other law enforcement groups that are urging the FCC and Congress to reallocate the 700 MHz D-block to the public safety sector, the National Fraternal Order of Police (NFOP) told FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski that D-block spectrum “should be publicly auctioned and not used to grant two companies a virtual monopoly over public safety broadband communications.” Together with supporters Verizon Communications and AT&T, the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) and other public safety groups that include the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials- International (APCO) endorse a plan that envisions direct allocation and licensing of D-block frequencies to the public safety community. That community, in turn, would work with commercial wireless carriers through a request for proposals process to build out a series of regional, interoperable wireless broadband networks for public safety use. Originally, the FCC had envisioned auctioning a single license for the 10 MHz D-block, which was to form the basis of a nationwide wireless broadband network that would be managed by the PSST and shared by commercial and public safety users. Commercial bids for the D-block failed, however, to reach the established reserve price during the FCC’s 2008 auction of 700 MHz licenses, prompting the FCC to consider regional license auctions and other D-block rule amendments in further proceedings that remain in progress. APCO and other public safety entities contend that reallocation of the D-block would give public safety entities full control of spectrum that is intended primarily for their use and permit them to decide how best to use that spectrum to meet regional and local needs. NFOP claimed, however, that the AT&T/Verizon-backed proposal “envisions partitioning the public safety spectrum into fifty or more state or regional networks, which is at odds with public safety’s goal to create a nationwide interoperable broadband system.” NFOP added that “having individual agencies . . . negotiate separately with AT&T and Verizon to build out broadband services is a recipe for complexity, delay, and bureaucratic waste.” Voicing surprise at NFOP’s position, a spokesman for APCO challenged the NFOP to “engage with the public safety community to gain a full understanding of our goal.”