Firstnet Oversight: An Update on the Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, June 21, 2016 [open pdf - 372KB]
This is the June 21, 2016 hearing on "Firstnet Oversight: An Update on the Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. From the opening statement of the Honorable Roger Wicker, Chairman of the Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator from Mississippi, "[The focus of this hearing is] the progress FirstNet has made and the challenges that lie ahead in deploying a nationwide public safety network. The First Responder Network Authority, also known as FirstNet, was established under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. It is intended to address communication failures that slowed recovery efforts during major national emergencies, including the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. [...] Tasked with building and operating a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, the 2012 Act allocated $7 billion from spectrum auction proceeds to launch FirstNet. [...] Although FirstNet has made commendable progress in the first year, questions linger about the future viability of the network. [...] Last year's oversight hearing examined the progress that had been made and FirstNet's plan for outreach to stakeholders in each State and territory. [This hearing will address] FirstNet's accomplishment in the past year, what benchmarks have been met, and what work still needs to be done." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Poth, Jeffrey S. McLeod, Arthur J. Logan, and Andrew Katsaros.
S. Hrg. 114-407; Senate Hearing 114-407
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