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First Nationwide Test of the EAS

June 9, 2011 - 11:45 AM by James A. Barnett, Jr., Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Early warnings save lives. This was demonstrated recently and dramatically during the major earthquake and tsunami that devastated Eastern Japan. Except for Japan’s early warning systems, loss of life would have been much higher. Here at the FCC, we have a series of initiatives to ensure that
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National Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 25, 2011 - 12:17 PM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
The Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau can trace it’s origin from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  So, for us in the Bureau, National Hurricane Preparedness Week marks an extremely significant time when our work and focus are clearly oriented to the potential damage these
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Managing Cybersecurity for Small Business

May 18, 2011 - 09:05 AM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
In today’s connected economy, businesses must be certain that their operations are secure. The numbers from across the country show that, for too many small businesses, cybersecurity is overlooked. One in two don’t have security plans in place, while three of every four small and medium
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Chairman’s PLAN Remarks

May 11, 2011 - 04:56 PM by George Krebs, New Media
Chairman Julius Genachoswki spoke at the World Trade Center site in New York City yesterday to kick off PLAN (Personal Localized Alerting Network). Joining him were New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, and a handful of executives from the nation’s largest
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Announcing: Emergency Mobile Alerts

May 10, 2011 - 10:04 AM by Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
Today, I am honored to be at the World Trade Center site with New York City Mayor Bloomberg, FEMA Administrator Fugate, and the heads of the nation’s largest wireless carriers to announce an important initiative to harness the power of communications technology to enhance public safety and
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The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Disaster of 2011

May 4, 2011 - 09:02 AM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
The earthquake came first, but it was not like all of the other earthquakes they had known. The ground shook so violently, for so long that afternoon on March 11, 2011, the earth liquefying in many places. The destruction of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake was unimaginable, but the wall of water
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CSRIC Membership Nomination Extension

April 27, 2011 - 09:37 AM by Jeffery Goldthorp, Associate Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about membership on the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).  So, we decided to extend the deadline to give everyone time to respond.  THE NEW DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS MAY 13, 2011.  The Public
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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week - April 10-16

April 6, 2011 - 03:31 PM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau
The Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau would like to thank and honor the men and women who serve everyday as public safety telecommunicators during this year’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week  (April 10-16, 2011). First
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Making Emergency Alerts and 911 Accessible

April 6, 2011 - 12:48 PM by Jamie Barnett, Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Emergency alerts and 911 are the two sides of the emergency communications coin.  Alerts warn the public of impending emergencies and 911 gives the public immediate access to emergency services.  It is a primary responsibility of the FCC to ensure that both of these essential services
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Architectural Framework for Public Safety Broadband Network

March 18, 2011 - 10:06 AM by Behzad Ghaffari
Do we need one?On Jan 25th, 2011, the Commission adopted Long Term Evolution (LTE) as the common air interface for the nationwide interoperable broadband network for public safety in the 700 MHz band. This order also adopted a set of LTE interfaces to ensure interoperability and roaming. To
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