FCC, NYPD chiefs square off on public safety network

Barnett's arguments ran against the suggestions of Charles Dowd, a deputy chief at the New York City Police Department who wants to cut private operators out of the process, devoting a specific block of spectrum to public safety only.

“It's not a matter of [the FCC's plan] not being enough. It's a matter of it not working for us. The plan the FCC is suggesting says that in times of emergency … that we rely on commercial spectrum. ... That just is not a model that will not work for public safety,” he said.