The deputy chief of the New York City Police Department (NYCPD) confirmed he is organizing a coalition of up to ten major cities that aims to convince the FCC and Congress to abandon a reauction of the 700 MHz D-block in favor of assigning that spectrum directly to public safety entities. Following on the release of a further FCC rulemaking notice last week that proposes to reauction the D-block on a nationwide or regional basis, NYCPD Deputy Chief Charles Dowd said New York and other major cities such as Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco would fight plans to auction the spectrum to a commercial entity (or entities) that would be required to build an interoperable wireless broadband network on a nationwide or regional basis to be shared with public safety agencies. Declaring, “the auction as it’s been set up is a bad idea and not actually in public safety’s interest,” Dowd told the press that coalition members would push for an alternate approach that would enable local and regional public safety entities to use D-block spectrum to achieve nationwide interoperability through a “network of networks” that meets common standards prescribed by the FCC. In addition to filing comments in the current FCC rulemaking proceeding, the group intends to reach out directly to FCC staff members as it lobbies Congress for a bill that would lift the FCC’s requirement to conduct a D-block auction. Supporters of the FCC’s proposal, on the other hand, believe that a nationwide broadband network is necessary to ensuring that all communities benefit from an advanced network.