“This is a critical first step in fulfilling one of the most important recommendations of the 9/11 Commission — the creation of a nationwide, interoperable public safety network,” Markey said. “This network will be integral for federal, state and local public safety officials, and will help ensure that our brave first responders have the communications tools they need to do their life-saving jobs.”

On Sept. 11, 2001, some first responders found it difficult to communicate during the emergency because of poor network connections.

Markey serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

“I applaud the Commerce Department, and I look forward to continuing to work with the administration to ensure the vision of this important network becomes a reality,” Markey said.