• Cyren Call Severs Ties with the Public Safety Spectrum Trust
  • March 25, 2009 | Authors: Jennifer L. Richter; Carly T. Didden; Jennifer A. Cetta
  • Law Firm: Patton Boggs LLP - Washington Office
  • Cyren Call announced late last week that it will not longer be the official advisor to the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) and the related contract between the parties has been terminated.  Several factors including the lack of adequate funding, the FCC’s continuing inability to auction and/or allocate the 700 MHz D-block spectrum, change of administration, and the continuing financial crisis, led the parties to end their relationship.  The PSST was selected as the public safety licensee for the FCC’s 10 MHz 700 D-block license which is designated for public safety. As you may recall, the D Block did not meet its $1.3 billion reserve price and the auction failed. The FCC has sought comment on whether to revise the 700 MHz public/private partnership and re-auction the spectrum, but has not yet taken formal action on how to auction the spectrum.

    Morgan O’Brien, Chairman of Cyren Call, seemed encouraged by Congress’s inclusion of broadband in the stimulus package, stating “ … the broadband communications provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act seem to suggest an expanded role for state and local governments around the country, many of whom have long grappled with the problems caused by the lack of public safety communications interoperability.  This, hopefully along with the extensive record compiled by the [FCC], will be integrated into and will influence the thinking of the FCC.”  O’Brien remained optimistic that the FCC and the new Congress would address the public safety network problems, but said, “… there is no way of knowing when or along what path the process will move forward.”  Because of this, O’Brien said Cyren Call ended its formal relationship with the PSST.