The Public Safety community has come together over a most important issue: Obtaining the needed spectrum, funding, and governance structure to build and operate a nationwide, fully interoperable, broadband network to add data and video capabilities to its existing voice and slow-speed data capabilities. Today’s commercial networks offer these services but are not built to be mission-critical, which is a requirement of the Public Safety community. This paper discusses the issues and the differences between the U.S. Senate bi-partisan approach and the U.S. House of Representatives’ majority leadership approach to solving this problem. Click here to download the full document.
Sunday, September 11th, marks the 10 Year Remembrance of a day when our country changed forever.
On 9/11, hundreds of our nation’s firefighters, police officers and paramedics lost their lives, largely because they did not have a reliable network over which they could communicate during the largest terror attack in our country’s history.
A decade later, our first responders still do not have the tools needed to protect the public.
Some in Congress and on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are pointing to a March 18, 2011 memo from the Congressional Research Service (CRS)1 to assert that the Public Safety Community has wasted more than $13 billion in federal grants for radio communications systems since 2001. In reality, the grants have totaled less than $4 billion and they have, in fact, provided for a higher level of Public Safety interoperability than ever before. In order to fully understand the impact of these grants, it is important to understand the many and varied issues that must be addressed if the ultimate goal of nationwide interoperability is to be achieved for both voice and data services for Public Safety.