By Gautham Nagesh - 09/07/11 06:59 PM EDT
But other members of the House Committee would prefer to auction the D Block; the issue is expected to be hashed out at some point during the fall session.
“Ten years after 9/11, the lack of interoperable voice and data communications remains a significant issue for first-responders across the country,” said Chief Dennis Burns of the Palo Alto Police Department.
“Pending legislation before Congress provides an opportunity to create and fund a nationwide broadband network for public safety. Such a network would facilitate coordinated responses to disasters, regional emergencies and mutual aid events. Broadband infrastructure would enhance the abilities of public-safety personnel to provide critical services to our communities."