Press Release

Seybold Honored For Contributions to Public Safety Communications

Santa Barbara, California, August 11, 2011 —  Andrew M. Seybold was honored with the  Presidential Award of the Associated Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO International ) during the association’s 77th Annual Conference and Exposition Meeting in Philadelphia August 7-11 in Philadelphia.

“This award was given to Andy because of his tireless efforts on behalf of Public Safety,” APCO President Bill Carrow told the attendees. “For the past 3 years Andy has given graciously of his time and effort to help Public Safety obtain its goal for the acquisition of spectrum needed to provide a nationwide, interoperable broadband network for the entire Public Safety community.”

Carrow made the presentation at the association’s August 9 Breakfast Awards ceremony. The award  language states: “With Deepest Appreciation for your contributions to Public Safety Communications and Exceeding Expectations on Behalf of APCO International.”

Seybold worked closely with APCO, the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) and the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) regarding the reallocation of broadband spectrum as well as the funding for a nationwide, interoperable, broadband network to be used by the Public Safety community. His efforts have included, among others:

  • Filing numerous comments on the issue with the Federal Communications Commission
  • Presenting to both the House and Senate staff members involved with spectrum issues
  • Providing testimony to both the House and the Senate
  • Writing numerous articles for many publications on the need for both spectrum and funding
  • Presenting educational events detailing the need for spectrum and funding of the network.

“This recognition and award means a great deal to me,” Seybold said. “I have worked pro bono on this issue on behalf of Public Safety because I believe it is time to solve their communications issues on a nationwide basis. We are asking Congress to provide both the spectrum and the funding needed to build a network appropriate to the need. Once built, it will solve interoperability issues that have plagued the Public Safety community for more than 30 years and which were brought to public attention emphatically during the traumatic events of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. This is the one chance Public Safety has to fix this problem and I have been gratified to participate in finding  the solution.”

Principal Analyst of Andrew Seybold, Inc., Seybold is one of the most respected and influential figures in the wireless industry today. An author, journalist and consultant as well, his COMMENTARY is arguably the most widely read e-newsletter among executives of leading wireless network operators. He has written several books, including Using Wireless Communications in Business, and he contributes regularly to Mobile Enterprise MagazineFierceWireless and FierceContent, and Wireless Week.

Recently, he was the recipient of the Radio Club of America’s prestigious Sarnoff Citation in recognition of his contributions as a communications industry journalist, analyst, and consultant as well as for his efforts as a volunteer advocate for Public Safety wireless communications initiatives. He was also elected to the Radio Club’s board of directors.

As a consultant, Seybold continues to support some of the industry’s most prominent enterprises and entrepreneurs, helping to shape initiatives both for start-up companies and for leaders in the wireless industry, among them Verizon, Nokia, AT&T, Motorola, and Qualcomm.

About Andrew Seybold, Inc.

Andrew Seybold, Inc. is dedicated to solving client challenges through strategic consulting, client-specific research and analysis, publications, speaking engagements and educational programs. Company founder Andrew M. Seybold and his partners provide deep technology and business expertise, proven best practices and long-established relationships with industry leaders. Mr. Seybold is highly regarded for his COMMENTARY and Public Safety Advocate e-newsletters and the Andrew Seybold Wireless University. For more information, visit


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