First responders launch campaign for nationwide communications network

The group is concerned by the lack of a nationwide interoperable communications network


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WASHINGTON — The Public Safety Alliance, a partnership among the nation's leading public safety associations, today announced a national advertising and grassroots campaign, calling on Congress to modify the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposed auction of the D Block included in its national broadband plan. The group is comprised of major national organizations representing police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS) agencies — all concerned by the lack of a nationwide interoperable communications network they desperately need to keep America safe and respond to crime, fire, emergencies, acts of terrorism and natural disasters.

"The unprecedented unity in the first-responder community demonstrates how critical this communications capability is for those who put their lives on the line everyday to protect America," San Jose Chief of Police and Major Cities Chiefs Association President Rob Davis said. "Almost nine years since this need was tragically underscored on 9/11, it's long overdue for Congress immediately to hold hearings and help keep America safe by providing this nationwide communications network, controlled and operated by public safety, not by commercial carriers

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