Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Industry Estimates 100,000 Jobs from Public Safety Communications Network

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Industry Estimates 100,000 Jobs from Public Safety Communications Network

Article excerpt

Congress is closer than ever before to passing legislation that would lay the groundwork for a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband communications network. NLC and its allies have been advocating for the network as an important step for the nation's safety.

A recent report from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) estimates that beyond the importance to the safety of our nation, the funding and construction of a 20 MHz Public Safety Broadband Network would result in approximately "100,000 good-paying technology jobs, averaging a $70,000 salary per job," as well as provide savings to state and local taxpayers of nearly $2 billion per year.

NLC, along with a coalition of first responders and the major organizations representing state and local governments, has been advocating for the reallocation of the 700 MHz D-Block for the creation of a nationwide public safety broadband network.

The lack of a nationwide public safety network stands as one of the only unfulfilled recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

During the past year, the creation of the network gained endorsements from the White House, the Federal Communications Commission and key members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. With this significant support, it appears that legislation to create the network could move forward despite the current gridlock in Congress.

While the public safety benefits have been discussed for some time, the recent TIA report, entitled, "The Contributions of Information and Communication Technologies To American Growth, Productivity, Jobs and Prosperity," shows the significant economic benefits of constructing the network. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.