WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today reiterated America’s need for a nationwide public safety communications network:
“The events of the last 24 hours have put the losses suffered 10 years ago by fire fighters, police and other first responders back on the front page. This country owes these American heroes for making the ultimate sacrifice. Our public safety officials are always there for us and we have to be there for them. Lives were likely lost in the World Trade Center tragedy because of poor communications. First responders in this country deserve a national interoperable communications network—just as the 9/11 Commission recommended. We should vote on legislation to set aside spectrum and provide the resources for a nationwide public safety communications network."