Santa Cruz Sentinel: As 9/11 anniversary approaches, Eshoo calls for nationwide public safety network
Rep. Eshoo recently spoke with Jason Hoppin of the Santa Cruz Sentinel about her desire to pass legislation that would create a nationwide broadband network allowing police, fire fighters and other first responders to talk to each other during catastrophes. Below is an excerpt from the article:
With little progress on the 9/11 Commission's 2004 recommendation to dedicate more radio spectrum for public safety purposes, a move which could allow safety agencies to communicate with each other using the latest technologies, Eshoo said she wants to see Washington, D.C., lawmakers move forward on the issue.
"Congress should act decisively and quickly to address the unacceptable situation which remains in place a decade since the attack on our country," Eshoo said.
Radio communications between agencies during the Twin Towers attacks in New York have been the subject of debate. The 9/11 Commission cited it as a problem, making improved radio capabilities one of its key recommendations in a report that provided exhaustive detail the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
But seven years have passed since the commission made those recommendations, with little progress from lawmakers on several of the report's recommendations.
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