Interoperable Emergency Communications: Does the National Broadband Plan Meet the Needs of First Responders? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, July 27, 2010 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Laura Richardson:" Today we will be discussing the broadband's plan and recommendation for building a Nation-wide, interoperable, public safety communications network. […] This broadband network would be able to one, support and exchange large amounts of data, including photos and video. It would allow first responders to easily communicate across agencies and jurisdictions. Ultimately, it would usher in a new generation of emergency response. The need for a Nation-wide broadband network was first really brought to, I think, an alarming point when we had the experience after 9/11 and also with our now soon-to-be 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In both disasters, response operations were severely hampered because public safety was unable to communicate effectively with one other. But today, nearly 10 years later, after the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, we are still waiting. I must say as Chairwoman of this committee it is very disappointing. The FCC's [Federal Communications Commission] National Broadband Plan provides for a strategy for reaching this goal by auctioning the 10 megahertz of spectrum known as D Block to commercial interests as establishing a public-private partnership for its use." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Laura Richardson, Mike Rogers, James Arden Barnett, Jr., Gregory Schaffer, Jeffrey D. Johnson, Charles F. Dowd, Robert A. Legrande, II, and Eric Graham.
Serial No. 111-77
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