The following information is part of the correspondence, after the meeting, sent to Ray Baum, Senior Policy Advisor to the Sub-Committee, which also included both majority and minority counsel in attendance. The meeting was arranged by PSP for the TETRA to attend.
PSP continues to work with USACE in the Pacific Northwest in our efforts to find solutions, as the Corps works to protect our safety.
- TETRA is the world leader, by far in proven, resilient mission control First response.
- TETRA is multi-use worldwide.
- TETRA continues to be deployed at increasing volumes worldwide.
- TETRA can operate on multiple bandwidths including 150 MHz which is generally preferred by US First Responders and which they already possess.
- Technical emission interference issues were raised by TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association) at the FCC in efforts to keep TETRA out of North America. TETRA has never caused interference anywhere in the world
- Opposition to TETRA is anti-competitive.
- TETRA deploys as promised consistently while P-25 continues to falter in deploying universally in statewide systems, even as they go way over budget!
- FirstNet, if deployed with or without P-25 will be effectively a substantial tax increase to the American people. TETRA will not raise taxes – it will provide safety NOW.
- TETRA will bring large numbers of jobs to the US
- TETRA will provide safety now from the bottom up – the First Responders need to be listened to, as TETRA has proven worldwide.
- TETRA will travel vastly greater distances (propagation) than on LTE FirstNet System
- TETRA will prevail. LTE can provide media based services to secondary responders, and incident command. It would be an add-on.
- TETRA is the only logical provider with resilient answers.
- TETRA standards are newer than P-25; ( P-25 was initiated in late 1988).
- TETRA provides safety NOW and into the Future.
- TETRA system-sharing allows state and the Federal government to “system share” while maintaining independence for both