"February 22, 2012 will long be remembered as a landmark day for public safety and emergency communications. It was on that day that President Barack Obama signed into law the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (H.R.3630). The signing of that Act was a significant win for the public safety community nationwide. It was the culmination of over a decade of advocacy to see the reallocation of the 'D Block' spectrum to public safety and to fulfill one of the last outstanding recommendations of the 9/11 Commission: the development of a nationwide interoperable communications network. In addition to the reallocation of the D Block to public safety, the Act provides authorization and funding to establish the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). This includes $7 billion to build the network, including funding for research and development, a nationwide governance structure to oversee the network, and access to the network for Federal, State, and local public safety and secondary users such as utility companies, transportation, and other critical infrastructure providers. The development and deployment of a Nationwide Network will be an accomplishment that will significantly advance the Nation's public safety communications capabilities, and enhance the ability of first responders across the country to provide life-saving services. But this network will not be developed overnight. There remains a great amount of work to be done at every level of government to make this new network become reality."
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