FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 6, 2010
CONTACT: COURTNEY HASTINGS
Washington, D.C. - (August 6, 2010)
Washington, D.C. - (August 6, 2010)The Public Safety Alliance (PSA) today applauded Senator Jay Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee (D – WV), for introducing S. 3756, The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Innovation Act, which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allocate the D Block to public safety and identifies funding to build and maintain a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network.
The member associations of the PSA express their appreciation for Chairman Rockefeller’s leadership in the Senate on this critical public safety issue, and further urge Congress to make this one of its top priorities, working quickly through the legislative process to pass this critical legislation.
For more than a year, the PSA has been asking the Obama Administration, Congress, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Justice to work together to develop the appropriate spectrum and funding policy that will enable local, State and Tribal governments to build out their next generation of interoperable public safety wireless broadband networks. This legislation builds on the growing support in Congress from Senators Joe Lieberman (I – Conn.) and John McCain (R – Ariz.) who introduced S. 3625; Representatives Peter King (3rd Dist., NY) and Yvette Clarke (11th Dist., NY), who introduced H.R. 5081, which now has more than 68 cosponsors; and Representative Henry Waxman (30th Dist., CA), whose draft language was the catalyst to identifying the necessary funding to build out and maintain a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network.