Creating an Interoperable Public Safety Network, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, May 25, 2011   [open pdf - 9MB]

From the opening statement of Greg Walden: "We are here this morning to have a productive discussion of how spectrum policy can advance public safety, promote broadband, generate revenue for the U.S. Treasury, and create jobs. This hearing will focus on how we can bring new and innovative tools to our Nation's first responders. Look, we all share the goal of providing America's first responders with a state-of-the-art communications network. We are by no means the first Congress to attempt to bring public safety these tools. Interoperable public safety communication has been an objective of this country since even before the tragic events of September 11 of 2001. Yet even though Congress and the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] have tried time and again to provide the tools and impetus to make this a reality, today's public safety users are only marginally closer to the interoperable communications they need. We are here to get it right this time. Now, what we are not here to do is to point fingers for past failures. Nobody doubts the good intentions and the hard work of those who have worked on this issue in the past. But the fact remains we have not been successful. Today's hearing gives us an opportunity to hear the lessons of the public safety community, the wireless sector, and the engineers who make wireless networks work. Taking the innovation and expertise of the wireless industry alongside the bravery and knowledge of the public safety community, we can all work to provide needed resources to both. The successful creation and management of an interoperable public safety network will need to focus on four elements: spectrum, equipment, governance, and funding." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Greg Walden, Anna G. Eshoo, Fred Upton, Joe Barton, Henry A. Waxman, Cliff Stearns, John D. Dingell, Joseph R. Hanley, Chris Imlay, Paul Steinberg, Dennis Martinez, Jeffrey D. Johnson, and Joseph L. Hanna.

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