NSTAC Report to the President on the National Security and Emergency Preparedness Implications of a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network [open pdf - 2MB]
Alternate Title: National Security Telecommunications Advisory Community Report to the President on the National Security and Emergency Preparedness Implications of a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
From the Executive Summary: "In 2011, the National Security Staff (NSS), Executive Office of the President (EOP), asked the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) to examine the national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) implications of a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). During the course of the NSTAC's scoping work, Congress passed Public Law (P.L.) 112-96, 'The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012'; Title VI, 'Public Safety Communications and Electromagnetic Spectrum Auctions', of the law authorizes funding and establishes a governance structure for the NPSBN. The NSTAC examined the new law, as well as a variety of related policy documents, and determined that the legislation would guide efforts to develop and deploy the NPSBN, but the Act did not directly address how the network would impact NS/EP communications now and in the future. The NPSBN is the first effort to create a nationwide, standardized, private network with dedicated spectrum to provide public safety access to advanced broadband communications. Once deployed, the NPSBN will enable public safety communications to leverage commercial broadband standards, technologies, devices, and innovations. The NPSBN will also connect to commercial networks and the Internet. Underlying this network will be next generation network (NGN) infrastructure that is converging to packet-switching technology for all forms of communication. Until recently, NS/EP and public safety users have not been able to significantly leverage Internet protocol (IP)-based applications technologies and services."
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