Campaign: Public Safety & Homeland Security

Overhaul and update the communications systems of EMS, 9-1-1, and public health facilities

The National Broadband Plan should adopt the recommendations of the Joint Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities to overhaul and update the communications systems of EMS, 9-1-1, and public health facilities, based on these principles:

 

* Encourage interoperable broadband networks.

 

* Improve interoperability through better interagency coordination.

 

* Enable consistent efforts through use of common standards and federal grant guidance coordination.

 

* Advance capabilities through better network integration.

 

* Ensure that first responders, health care personnel, and patients have ubiquitous access to broadband services and applications by fostering a regulatory environment in which private-sector companies build robust broadband networks and by providing targeted funding

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Idea No. 73