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DHS ‘Fully Committed’ to Creating Public Safety Network, Official Says

A Department of Homeland Security official recently urged House lawmakers to consider supporting a bill aiming to create a public safety network for emergency providers on part of the “D Block” spectrum.

Chris Essid, DHS director of emergency communications, addressed a House Homeland Security Committee subpanel on Thursday in attempts to get Congressional approval of a safety network for first responders, according to a report from NextGov.

“The administration is fully committed to working with Congress to ensure the passage of legislation that meets the critical national need of establishing a public safety broadband network,” said Essid.

The current impasse on Capitol Hill over the proposed network is not about where to put the network, as it is what role the government should play, according to a written statement by Linda Moore, Congressional Research Service telecom specialist.

“Bills that have been introduced in the 112th Congress show a great deal of cohesion about the need for a nationwide network and what type of support it should provide to public safety agencies, but little agreement about the roles that different federal agencies would play in the deployment and operation of the network,” she said.

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