by Mitchel Herckis
In February, Congress and the Administration seized an opportunity to take a major step forward by replacing the current patchwork of voice-only first responder communications with a modern nationwide 4G wireless network that will ensure our first responders receive the information they need when disaster strikes. Now it is up to federal, state and local leaders to work together to build and operate the network.
On June 6 at 2:00 PM (EDT), NLC will host a webinar, "Building a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network: What Local Leaders Need to Know," to help local leaders understand their role in building this network. Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information for the U.S. Department of Commerce, will provide an overview of the path to creating the network and the role state and local governments will play in making the network a reality. As local first responders will be the primary users of this network, municipalities have a key role to play in the network's planning and construction.
In addition to NLC, the National Association of Counties, International City/County Management Association, and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors are co-hosting the webinar.
Register for the webinar or to learn more about the network, visit /news-center/nations-cities-weekly/articles/2012/february/public-safety-receives-funding-spectrum-for-nationwide-network.