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May 09, 2007


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I must say the money is needed to boost our crisis communication capabilities. “Access to high speed broadband is increasingly important for police, fire and emergency medical personnel as a means to respond to crises in this post 9-11 world. More than 90% of the nation's public safety infrastructure is financed, owned, operated, and maintained by more than 60,000 separate, independent local jurisdictions. Currently, public safety personnel operate on 10 different frequency bands, their equipment has been found to be more than 30 years old in some cases, and is frequently incompatible."

"When Hurricane Katrina hit, emergency responders from different jurisdictions used different frequencies and could not communicate. High speed broadband would enable first responders to share text, imaging and video across jurisdictional barriers. Fire incident commanders could monitor and direct their units via voice, video and data-enhanced communications either at the scene or remotely. Knowing the exact location of firefighters in a building could mean the difference between going home to a family or not.”

As a member of CWA I ask you to check out the "Speed Matters Campaign" for more information regarding the need for universal high internet access at http://www.speedmatters.org.

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