This report makes several recommendations to help achieve a public safety mobile broadband network.
On 28 May 2013, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement (the committee) self-referred an inquiry into spectrum for public safety mobile broadband.
The terms of reference are as follows:
Pursuant to the committee's functions set out in subsection 7(1)(e) of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Act 2010, the committee will inquire into and report on:
(a) how much broadband spectrum law enforcement agencies need to be able to communicate safely and effectively during mission-critical events such as natural disasters and potential terrorist incidents;
(b) which of the 700 or 800 megahertz (MHz) bands is the most appropriate for law enforcement agencies given the current licensees occupying spectrum;
(c) how the necessary spectrum for public safety should be secured in a timely manner;
(d) what arrangements should be put in place to ensure that, in extreme circumstances, law enforcement agencies can effectively use spectrum of commercial carriers to protect public safety and maintain public order; and
(e) what applications dependent on broadband spectrum will contribute significantly to saving lives and property.