More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, Congress has approved $7 billion and the reallocation of 20 megahertz of spectrum airwave capacity to try to deal with the public safety inter-communication problem, says Stateline. Those resources will help in the effort to create a national public safety network capable of transmitting both voice and data, including videos and photos. Many implementation challenges lie ahead, even with generous funding and broad bipartisan agreement that the network is a national priority.
“There are significant opportunities with going to this network,” said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. “Think about an ambulance that had picked up a patient and they can send a video directly to the doctor.” Markell, vice chair of the National Governors Association, testified before a congressional committee about the need for a nationwide network and the accompanying airwaves. NGA will hold a meeting in late June designed to help states understand the federal legislation and the options it lays out for them, including whether to build their own portion of the network or allow a new federal entity to do so on their behalf.