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The National Broadband (Communications) Plan: Issues for Public Safety

James Barnett, Rear Admiral (ret.), Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communication Commission; Anna Gomez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Deputy Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration; Allan Sadowski, IT Manager, North Carolina State Highway Patrol; Gregory Schaffer, Acting Deputy Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security; Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, City of Seattle, Washington

The Federal Communications Commission delivered the National Broadband Plan in March 2010. As part of the plan, the FCC proposed a strategy for implementing a national public safety broadband network that would allow public safety responders anywhere in the nation to send and receive critical voice, video and data to save lives, reduce injuries, and prevent acts of crime and terror. How this strategy is implemented will have a significant impact on criminal justice and other public safety agencies nationwide, both with respect to operational capability and to resources. There are competing views of how this plan should be implemented, each with its pros and cons. This panel illuminates those issues from both sides of the debate.

Date Published: June 1, 2011