Reuters: Momentum grows for U.S. wireless spectrum bill

September 13, 2011
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Rep. Eshoo recently spoke with Reuters' reporter Jasmin Melvin about her work to create a national, common communications system for first responders.  Eshoo has led the way in Congress, writing draft legislation with Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Henry Waxman, known as the Public Safety Broadband and Wireless Innovation Act.  An excerpt of the article is below:

The need for a national, common communications system for first responders has added momentum to the debate (about spectrum).

First responders still cannot easily talk to emergency personnel outside of their division or unit a decade after airliners hijacked by al Qaeda operatives killed nearly 3,000 people.

"Shame on the Congress," Representative Anna Eshoo, the top Democrat on the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, told Reuters last week.

Auction proceeds not set aside for TV broadcasters giving up spectrum would help fund the construction and maintenance of a wireless public safety network. Any money left over after that would go toward reducing the U.S. budget deficit.

Although they failed to pass a bill before the symbolic Sept. 11 date, Democrats say the momentum is there to get a bill signed this year.

Eshoo said she is hopeful her subcommittee is on the threshold of introducing bipartisan legislation for a nationwide broadband network for first responders.

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