PUBLIC SAFETY MEETS WITH CONGRESSIONAL REPS TO ASK SUPPORT FOR NATIONWIDE MISSION CRITICAL BROADBAND NETWORK
Alliance Fans Out, Teams Up with Local Supporters during Congressional Recess
WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 20, 2011 – Leaders of the Public Safety Alliance (PSA), the nation’s foremost advocate for America’s first responders, are holding meetings this week with Congressional representatives in numerous states including Florida, Michigan and Illinois to further its efforts to realize a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network.
The Call To Action and district meeting requests follow a recent House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing where public safety spectrum was clearly established as the central spectrum issue. During the hearing, several misrepresentations and inaccuracies regarding public safety’s position, plan and approach were repeatedly stated by witnesses and Members. PSA leaders and local public safety officials have teamed up to meet this week with Congressional representatives to share accurate information including actual costs associated with building a public safety network, the specific plan to build and operate the network and the real and long-term consequences of a commercial auction. PSA requested meetings with: Congressman John Shimkus, Congressman John Dingell, Congressman Mike Rogers, Congressman Fred Upton, Senator Carl Levin, Senator Mark Rubio, Senator Deborah Stabenow, Congressman Cliff Stearns, Congressman Greg Walden, Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Congresswoman Sandy Adams.
“We are encouraged by the tenor and progress of our discussions with members of the utility industry, state and local government associations, the Obama Administration and our federal counterparts toward establishing shared principles and priorities needed to pass S.28 by this September, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and to ensure successful implementation of a nationwide first responder network,” said PSA spokesman Sean Kirkendall. “Organizations representing millions of first responders and supporting professionals and associations have repeatedly weighed in with Congress on the need for a flexible, dedicated communications network for public safety. This network is critical to keeping Americans safe during everyday emergencies such as a house fire to catastrophic natural disasters and terrorist attacks.”
Kirkendall continued, “We hope this week’s efforts will help key Members and their staff to better understand how this network will greatly impact the safety of their constituents. It’s imperative that all Congressional members understand the facts, support public safety and secure our nation and its citizens’ security by meeting this goal – the only outstanding recommendation by the 9/11 Commission. ”
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