The U.S. Federal Communications Commission [FCC] wants to set aside radio frequencies for a nationwide public safety network. It seems that following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita attention has been focused on the patchwork of radio systems used by different public-safety agencies in the U.S. The lack of communication hampered critical coordination among federal and local emergency units that responded.

We all saw first hand how the lack of response to the victims of Katrina, brought into our homes, the sad reality how those folks suffered before relief efforts were finally underway. And many of us felt saddened that our country was not able to coordinate a better relief plan. And it did appear that the left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing.

And it seems that all five commissioners of the frequently divided commission voiced support for the plan in statements released on 12-20-06. By issuing its Notice of Proposed Rule Making, the agency started a process of seeking outside views on the idea.

The complete press release can be viewed here at the FCC site in either word or .pdf format.

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