Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is using Sunday's 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to make a last-minute appeal for his legislation aimed at building a national broadband public safety network to improve communications for emergency first responders
While it looks like he won't meet his goal of passing his bill before Sunday's anniversary, Rockefeller oushed hard Thursday for his measure, which would transfer a swath of spectrum known as the D-block to public safety for a national broadband network and authorize funding to build it. Police and firefighters in New York found to their horror they could not easily talk to each other during the attacks.
"Shouldn't a firefighter be able to wirelessly download a floor plan of a burning building before running into it? Shouldn't a police officer be able to receive an immediate digital snapshot of a dangerous criminal," Rockefeller asked in statement submitted into the Congressional Record Thursday. "If the average American traveler is able to wirelessly pull up a map to route a summer road trip, why shouldn't our first responders be able to utilize the same type of technology to save lives?"