Vice President Joe Biden issued a statement on Friday regarding the Spectrum Agreement to safeguard first responder communications.
Biden explained, "After 9/11, we pledged that our cops, firefighters and EMTs would have the technology they need to stay safe and do their jobs. Part of that promise included deploying a nationwide, interoperable broadband network for our first responders."
He added that the agreement reached yesterday "made good on that overdue promise. First responders put their lives on the line to protect us every day, and the least we can do is ensure that they have the dedicated bandwidth they need to communicate with each other. It's going to save lives and help keep our neighborhoods safe."
The Spectrum agreement, reached in Congress last night, will see the government dedicate part of the broadcast spectrum for the use of public safety functions and earmarks $7 billion to a national emergency communication network to be shared by federal, state and local agencies.
by RTT Staff Writer
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