Public Safety Interoperability Network in the 700 Mhz Band
In this Third Report and Order and Fourth Further Notice ofProposed Rulemaking (Third R&O and Fourth Further Notice), we adopt rules and propose further rules to create an effective technical framework for ensuring the deployment and operation of a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network. It has been almost ten years since the tragic events of September I I , 200 I, and more than five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. During those horrific events, and others, it became clear that the lack of a nationwide interoperable public safety network hampered rescue efforts and the overall effectiveness of public safety operations. Our action today takes an important step towards remedying the lack of such a network by establishing initial rules for a nationwide technical interoperable framework for the first nationwide broadband network for public safety.