Emergency Communications: Policy, Technology and Funding Considerations


Daniel H. Martinez (Editor)
Allen E. Young (Editor)

Series: Media and Communications – Technologies, Policies and Challenges, Safety and Risk in Society
BISAC: TEC065000

The United States has yet to find a solution that assures seamless communications among first responders and emergency personnel at the scene of a major disaster. Since September 11, 2001, when communications failures contributed to the tragedies of the day, Congress has passed several laws intended to create a nationwide emergency communications capability. The 111th Congress considered pivotal issues, such as radio frequency spectrum license allocation and funding programs for a Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN), without finding a solution that satisfied the expectations of both public safety and commercial network operators. This book explores the areas where changes in existing policies and practices may facilitate achievement of the important goals for emergency communications that Congress and others have identified. Why these goals have become important, and recent planning efforts to achieve these goals is discussed. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Funding Emergency Communications: Technology and Policy Considerations
(Linda K. Moore, CRS)

Public Safety Communications and Spectrum Resources: Policy Issues for Congress
(Linda K. Moore, CRS)

A Broadband Network Cost Model: A Basis for Public Funding Essential to Bringing Nationwide Interoperable Communications to America’s First Responders

Testimony of Chief Jack Parow, President and Chairman, International Association of Fire Chiefs. Hearing on “Public Safety Communications: Are the Needs of our First Responders Being Met?”


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