Interoperability Planning for Wireless Broadband   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) created this document, in coordination with the emergency response community, to help Statewide Interoperability Coordinators plan for wireless broadband use in emergency communications. Established by Congress, OEC was stood up on April 1, 2007 in response to the communications challenges witnessed during Hurricane Katrina. OEC's mission is to support and promote the ability of public safety and government officials to continue to communicate in the event of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters, and work to ensure, accelerate, and attain interoperable and operable emergency communications nationwide. In 2008, OEC published the 'National Emergency Communications Plan'--the Nation's first strategic plan to address nationwide interoperable communications. Wireless broadband in emergency communications is rapidly becoming an essential component of nationwide interoperability. This document provides an overview of broadband technology, guidance on interoperability planning for broadband, best practices from waiver jurisdictions, and regional governance considerations. Although targeted toward Statewide Interoperability Coordinators, the topics are relevant to all public safety stakeholders. This document serves as a reliable and comprehensive source of information about wireless broadband in the emergency response environment."

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