Rockefeller praises public safety network in Obama jobs bill

Obama's jobs bill would allocate the "D block" of spectrum for the creation of a nationwide public safety network. The network would allow first-responders from different jurisdictions to communicate during emergencies and would allow them to transmit video and data in real-time.

The 9/11 Commission Report identified communication breakdowns as a critical problem that hampered first-responders. Sen. Rockefeller tried to pass a public safety network into law before the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sunday. 

The network is part of a broader spectrum provision in President Obama's bill that would expand broadband access and raise revenue through incentive auctions of spectrum.

Obama's American Jobs Act would spend $10 billion to build the public safety network and expand broadband access to 98 percent of Americans but would raise $28 billion from spectrum auctions, according to a White House fact sheet.