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December 14, 2006

CRS looks at emergency comms legislation

Filed under: Congress and HLS,Technology for HLS — by Christian Beckner on December 14, 2006

The Congressional Research Service released a new report recently looking at the agenda for emergency communications legislation in the next Congress, for now publicly available only here at Homeland Security Watch:

RL33747: Emergency Communications Legislation, 2002-2006: Implications for the 110th Congress, December 14, 2006

This site’s complete collection of CRS reports is available here. And hopefully posts such as this one will soon be obsolete.

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Comment by Steven Jones

December 14, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

Kudos to all at HLS Watch for always posting great and useful info!

Your readers may be interested to know that the First Response Coalition’s (www.firstresponsecoalition.org) recent event at the National Press Club, “The Post Election Landscape for Public Safety Communications: 2007 Predictions and Recommendations,” brought together seven public safety experts to examine how changes in Congress, new government programs and initiatives, and advances in technology will contribute to the ongoing effort to achieve communications interoperability for first responders across the country.

Representatives from Capitol Hill, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Communications Commission, and state agencies all agreed that: (1) collaboration among federal, state, and local agencies, (2) identifying funding sources for local and state governments, and (3) securing enough spectrum were critical to improving first responder communications.

The participants also acknowledged that while finding comprehensive interoperability solutions remains a challenge, recent developments, such as the DTV transition and DHS Secretary Chertoff’s call for interoperability in major cities by 2007 and statewide by 2008, were important first steps.

I invite you to visit the FRC’s website (http://www.firstresponsecoalition.org/release-10-20-2006.shtml) to read the event transcript, media coverage, and the FRC’s press release.

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