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Former 9/11 Commission Chair Declares Support for Broadband Plan's Public Safety Recommendations

March 18th, 2010 by Haley Van Dÿck - FCC New Media

Statement of Former 9/11 Commission Chair Thomas H. Kean and Former 9/11 Commission Vice Chair Lee H. Hamilton
on the Federal Communication Commission's Approach to
Interoperable Communications Capabilities for Public Safety
 
The 9/11 Commission on which we served concluded that the absence of interoperable communications capabilities among public safety organizations at the local, state, and federal levels was a problem of the highest order.  Unfortunately, we have made little progress in solving this problem until now.  As our former colleagues Jamie Gorelick and Slade Gorton recently stated, the Federal Communications Commission's proposed plan offers a clear roadmap for finally reaching that goal.  It will provide public safety users throughout the country with access to wireless broadband capabilities that will enable them to communicate effectively across departments and jurisdictions, while encouraging public safety to partner with commercial providers and leverage the investments they already have made.  It also calls for the public funding that is needed to help build, operate, and maintain the public safety network.  The FCC's plan offers a realistic framework to move forward, and we hope that all stakeholders will work with the Commission to refine the plan as needed and make it a reality. 

One Response to “Former 9/11 Commission Chair Declares Support for Broadband Plan's Public Safety Recommendations”

  1. Guest says:

    FROM: James E. Whedbee, Owner: KZJW-LD

    TO: All readers

    RE: Broadband Plan & Public Safety Telecommunications

    Dear Friends:

    Had the broadband providers approached TV and LPTV broadcasters with suitable equipment, I'm quite sure you would have already had everything this National Broadband Plan wants and then some. This would include a fully interoperable public safety communications network, with one added benefit: the EAS system would already be tied into it from the beginning. When the '8th Floor' folks at FCC actually give us a fair shake, we can do everything you want to do already with the added benefit of the infrastructure already being present. If you want to know who is holding up nationwide broadband and the interoperable public safety network, ask the broadband providers and FCC: we've offered.

    Thanks for the forum!

    Best wishes,

    James E. Whedbee, M.Ed.,
    Owner: KZJW-LD

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