In comments filed with the FCC, public safety entities across the U.S. voiced support for the establishment of a comprehensive national plan to govern usage of the 4.9 GHz band, as they advised the FCC against allowing commercial wireless carriers to access the band pending completion of further studies. Filed late last week, the comments respond to a further rulemaking notice (FNPRM), adopted by the FCC in June, in which the agency solicited input on various proposals to spur greater and more efficient use of the 4.9 GHz band, which now supports more than 2,500 public safety licensees. With the goal of promoting wireless broadband usage of the 4.9 GHz band, the FNPRM sought comment on, among other things, (1) the adoption of formal frequency coordination requirements to replace the current, less stringent system of “frequency cooperation” among 4.9 GHz licensees that aims to reduce potential interference, and (2) technical proposals to increase efficient spectrum usage. Writing on behalf of its 15 public safety member organizations, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) endorsed the adoption of a national band plan “which NPSTC volunteers to develop in collaboration with established frequency advisory committees, regional planning committees, and the public safety community.” While admitting the value of “providing access for other critical infrastructure uses that would be conducted in partnership with a public safety entity or entities,” NPSTC warned against opening the band to commercial users, declaring: “we want an opportunity to more closely examine the issues in the context of developing a national plan.” Concurring on the need for formal coordination requirements, Los Angeles County, California warned that shared usage of the 4.9 GHz band by commercial and other non-public safety entities “could diminish the ability of public safety entities to make full use of the band.” Notwithstanding these arguments, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association asserted that shared usage of the band among public safety users on a primary basis and commercial carriers on a secondary basis “will provide much-needed spectrum for fixed broadband use, increase use of the band in an efficient manner and lower equipment costs for the benefit of first responders, commercial broadband operators and consumers.”