NIST’s Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology said the 700 megahertz spectrum range, known as the D block, for public safety is attractive because of its propagation and penetration characteristics.
The panel did not take a position on whether the D block should be allocated to public safety.
The panel said public safety could also unlicensed spectrum in the 2.4 gigahertz to 5 gigahertz range, television white space and 60-to-100 gigahertz range.
The paper also suggests Internet protocols will be necessary components for the network since they incorporate data, voice and video communication.
A network based on Internet would be more flexible and can bridge new technologies into present designs, the paper said.
The panel also recommended the network use authentication more advanced than passwords, easily replaceable, interoperable and rugged equipment and established standards that permit interoperable devices.
The panel did not release a definite plan of action but said creating a framework for cooperation is the most productive avenue for progress on developing the network.