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Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Resilient Communications

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Location: Washington, DC

The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, chaired by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), will hold a hearing entitled "Resilient Communications: Current Challenges and Future Advancements" tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Much progress has been made at the Federal, State, and local levels in establishing operable and interoperable communications for our first responders since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

Tomorrow's hearing will examine a number of topics related to the resilience of communications capabilities, including the impact of the June 29, 2012 derecho on 9-1-1 call centers, and the design, building, and operation of a nationwide wireless interoperable broadband network following the allocation of the D Block to public safety.

Bilirakis said: "We learned many important lessons about the need for resilient communications from the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina. While great progress has been made since those disasters, the 9-1-1 outages in the National Capital Region after the recent derecho highlight significant challenges that remain. This hearing will provide Subcommittee Members an opportunity to examine efforts to enhance the resiliency of our communications capabilities, including the implementation of Executive Order 13618, the allocation of the D Block to public safety, and efforts to implement next generation 9-1-1."

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