Description of the PSST
The Public Safety Spectrum Trust Corporation (PSST) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized under the laws of the District of Columbia. It is governed by a Board of Directors who represent 15 national public safety organizations.
In 2007, the PSST was selected by the FCC as the Public Safety Broadband Licensee (PSBL) for the 10 MHz of 700 MHz public safety nationwide broadband spectrum. The PSST's mission was to provide an organizational structure through which decisions of national public safety leadership could guide the construction and operation of an interoperable nationwide public safety-grade wireless broadband network.
Statement from Chief Harlin McEwen, PSST Chairman
On February 22, 2012, President Obama signed Public Law 112-96 known as the "Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012". Title VI of that law "Public Safety Communications and Electromagnetic Spectrum Auctions" created a new entity called the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), an independent authority under the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. The law directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take all actions necessary to facilitate the transition of the existing public safety broadband spectrum (licensed to the PSST) to the FirstNet along with the 700 MHz "D" Block. This action was completed on November 15, 2012.
The PSST is pleased to have been the initial nationwide public safety broadband licensee and to have led the activity relative to the creation of a new Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) up until the enactment of Public Law 112-96. Now that the FCC has issued the public safety broadband license to FirstNet, the PSST no longer has a role in the future development of the NPSBN and is in the process of planning to cease its operations during 2013.
Anyone wanting information relative to the PSST can contact the PSST Chairman, Chief Harlin R. McEwen, at firstname.lastname@example.org