The National Broadband Plan should direct FEMA to create a Disaster Relief Mobile Services Unit to provide advanced telecommunications services to areas where the existing infrastructure has been devastated by disaster.
Public Safety & Homeland Security
The National Broadband Plan should call on Congress and the Administration to convene a new blue-ribbon panel on emergency communications and information technology, such as that assembled by the U.S. National Science Foundation in 2003, to study the emergency telecommunications and IT systems and networks now operating across the nation. The panel should recommend to the Administration and Congress ways that those networks... more »
The National Broadband Plan mus include designs to utilize broadband technologies to enhance public safety and protect homeland security. This should include a national effort to build a national 21st century telecommunications system that will provide for public safety and homeland security similar to the effort undertaken 50 years ago to build our National Interstate and Defense Highway system. This effort should... more »
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.... more »
President Obama should, as promised, appoint a national cyber security advisor to coordinate policy to secure information and information networks. The FCC should work closely with this advisor to develop recommendations to include in the National Broadband Plan.
REASONS AND BASES FOR NEW EMERGENCY RADIO SERVICE 1. In Public Notice DA 09-2259, the Commission made the following statement: "While the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communications service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications, is one of the underlying principles of the amateur service, the amateur service is not an emergency radio service [emphasis... more »
The National Broadband Plan should include a recommendation to restore funding for the Tribal Rural Law Enforcement Internet Project.
I think the "Contact" button at Broadband. gov should work, but it does not. I think the button that pops up when you sign up and tells you that you can "re-send your email notificaiton" should be spelled correctly, but it is not. Is this a real site? I see it is beta, but it could still be done correctly. How come the FCC ONLY will allow comment on broadband, when there are so many other issues it addresses in our... more »
The National Broadband Plan should adopt the ComCARE E-Safety Program to enhance homeland security by helping bring 21st-century capabilities to emergency response, deploying integrated, interoperable, and interconnected wireline and wireless systems and applications. --- ComCARE (Communications for Coordinated Assistance and Response to Emergencies) is a national nonprofit coalition of over 100 members of the emergency... more »
Due to advances in real time web technology and networking, the United States should develop new real-time tools for alerting and communicating with the American public, using techniques to encourage involvement and make sure that no one misses out on critical information to them and their surroundings. Due to the rapid growth in this technology, a public-private partnership could insure that costs would be manageable... more »
'Satellite Broadband' may have a role as a 'failover' mode for local disasters that otherwise cut off sections of communities from the outside world. More Cellular broadband (i.e. 3G/4G/EVDO/etc.) towers should have uninterruptible power and a backup satellite uplink built in to provide at least emergency/911 services when disaster cuts off their power, and potentially fells their peers. At least they should have some... more »
And,,,How long do you people,,,Discuss,,,these things??50 years?35 years?10 years?Or,,,Until,,a Suicide,A child's Death?A Explosion?How Long??
I recommend that broadband networks be shielded to the extent required to keep several communications ports functional serving each city and town after an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack or after an intense solar flare event. Our society is becoming so highly dependent on the Internet and broadband communication that this communication needs to be protected against events that can disable most or the entire communications... more »
It is important that public safety entities fully understand the options that are available to them to better improve their facilities.
As we have seen, the origional internet plans weren't planned for with advanced security in mind. As part of a broadband plan, obviously the telecom providers need to run physical wires accross the land, and in many places might be vulnerable to wire taps where they are hard to find. i reconmmend that when ISP routes traffic, that the raw data being transferred is encapsulated with encryption to which the shared key changes... more »