Emergency Communications Legislation: Implications for the 110th Congress [Updated August 5, 2008] [open pdf - 127KB]
This CRS report provides an overview of Congressional legislation which relates to emergency communications. More specifically, "since September 11, 2001, successive Congresses have passed legislation regarding technology, funding, spectrum access and other areas critical to emergency communications. These new laws have tended to address specific issues, dealing separately, for example, with interoperability for first responders, improvements in emergency alerts, and 911 call centers. When reviewing emergency communications legislation, whether for oversight or new initiatives, Congress may review the pace of technological convergence and its impact on policies for emergency communications. What once were discrete areas of emergency response are increasingly sharing common technologies. First responders and other emergency workers not only have access to better tools, but also -- by adopting new technologies -- find themselves confronted with the need to rethink their internal organizational structure and the ways that they communicate with external groups."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33747