King Statement on White House Broadband Announcement
Washington, D.C. (Monday, June 28, 2010) -- Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s “Presidential Memorandum” on broadband communications:
“While I am pleased to see that the Presidential Memorandum acknowledged the need for funding for a public safety wireless communications network, I was disappointed not to see a White House endorsement for any additional spectrum to specifically be allocated for public safety.
“The 9/11 Commission recommended ‘expedited and increased assignment of radio spectrum for public safety purposes,’ yet the Commission’s recommendation has yet to be fulfilled. This is why I recently introduced H.R. 5081, the Broadband for First Responders Act of 2010, which allocates the 700 MHz ‘D block’ of broadband spectrum for public safety use. This bipartisan legislation has already received support in the House from both Democrats and Republicans.
“I hope that the Obama Administration will change course and support the allocation of additional spectrum to public safety so that our nation’s first responders can access a broadband network capable of providing reliable high speed data and voice applications. We need to ensure that they can meet current and future public safety needs.”
Note: The “D block allocation” called for in H.R. 5081 will enable the public safety community to migrate its communications systems to a dedicated public safety broadband network that will meet the mission-critical and day-to-day voice, video, and data needs of America’s first responders. The legislation will reserve an additional 10MHz of broadband spectrum for use by public safety, doubling the amount of broadband spectrum that is currently allocated for this important use.