a m e r i c a ’ s P l a n c H a P t e r 1 6 encourage innovation in the development and deployment ➤ ensure there is a mechanism in place to promote in- of Next Generation 911 (NG 911) networks and emergency teroperability and operability of the network. alert systems ➤ establish a funding mechanism to ensure the network is ➤ The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration deployed throughout the united states and has neces- (NHTSA) should prepare a report to identify the costs of sary coverage, resiliency and redundancy. deploying a nationwide NG 911 system and recommend that ➤ conform existing programs to operate with the public Congress consider providing public funding. safety broadband network. ➤ Congress should consider enacting a federal regulatory framework. The country has long recognized the potential for broad- ➤ The FCC should address IP-based communications devices, band technologies to revolutionize emergency response applications and services. wireless mobile communications. This technology will give ➤ The FCC should launch comprehensive next-generation first responders new tools to save American lives. The coun- alert system inquiry. try needs a public safety broadband network that allows first ➤ The Executive Branch should clarify agency roles on the responders to communicate with one another. A three-pronged implementation and maintenance of a next-generation approach will allow the speedy deployment, operation and alert and warning system. continued evolution of such a network. First, an administrative system must ensure that users of 16.1 proMotInG service they require for their network and can leverage com-the public safety broadband spectrum have the capacity and pUBLIc saFetY There are significant benefits, including cost efficiencies andmercial technologies to capture economies of scale and scope. WIreLess BroadBand community can increasingly use applications and devicesimproved technological advancement, if the public safety coMMUnIcatIons Ultimately, this system must be flexible, allowing public safetydeveloped for commercial wireless broadband networks. entities to forge incentive-based partnerships with commercial ReCoMMeNDaTioN 16.1: create a public safety broadband operators and others.1 network. This system will allow the public safety community to real- ➤ create an administrative system that ensures access to ize the benefits of commercial technologies, which will reduce sufficient capacity on a day-to-day and emergency basis. costs and ensure the network evolves. However, leveraging Exhibit 16-A : Public Safety Broadband Network Architecture3 3 1 4 F e d e r a l c o m m u n i c a t i o n s c o m m i s s i o n | w w w . b r o a d b a n d . g o v
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