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NCJ Number: 236846 Find in a Library
Title: National Broadband (Communications) Plan: Issues for Public Safety - Panel Discussion at the 2011 NIJ Conference
Author(s): Marisa Chun; James Barnett; Anna Gomez; Allan Sadowski; Gregory Schaffer; Bill Schrier
Date Published: June 2011
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|Audio (01:29:00)
Agency Summary: 
Type: Conference Material; Presentation (Multimedia); Program/Project Description
Format: Audio (Online); Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This transcript and audio from the 2011 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Conference cover panel presentations on the Obama administration’s plan for meeting the 21st century communication needs of public safety partners.
Abstract: These partners include first responders (law-enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS) and secondary responders, e.g., utility companies, transit operators, and others who need to communicate with one another in times of crisis. The Obama administration’s development of the broadband plan began when the White House brought together representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, and certain White House personnel. They were charged with developing a plan for public safety broadband communications. The plan was announced to the public first in the President’s State of the Union address in January of 2010 and in more detailed form in January 2011. Among the plan’s key features are financial support for the building of a public safety broadband network; the dedication of the D-block (a piece of spectrum in the 700 megahertz area) for use by public-safety agencies; and the promotion of innovation through research and development. A fund has been established (Wireless Innovation Fund) through the auctioning of certain swaths of spectrum. This fund will be used for the building of the network and to support research and development.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Communication channel allocations; Emergency communications; Plans; Police emergency planning; Voice communications
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