"Since September 11, 2001, the effectiveness of America's communications capabilities in support of the information needs of first responders and other public safety workers has been a matter of concern to Congress. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-458) included sections that responded to recommendations made by the 9/ll Commission, in its report of July 2004, and by others in recent years, regarding public safety communications. Most public safety advocates consider that the communications failures following the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina demonstrate that there is much still to be done to provide the United States with adequate communications capabilities in emergencies. Whereas bills introduced before Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast have tended to address public safety communications in broad terms, with an emphasis on funding and interoperability, recent bills have put more emphasis on infrastructure."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32594