Emergency Communications GAO Report to Congresss

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Emergency Communications GAO Report to Congresss. Job Creation Act of 2012 establishes and authorizes the First Responder Network Authority.

After the investment of significant resources—including billions of dollars in federal grants and approximately 100 megahertz of radio frequency spectrum—the current land mobile radio (LMR) systems in use by public safety provide reliable “mission critical” voice capabilities. For public safety, mission critical voice communications must meet a high standard for reliability, redundancy, capacity, and flexibility. Although these LMR systems provide some data services, such as text and images, their ability to transmit data is limited by the channels on which they operate. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), interoperability among LMR systems has improved due to its efforts, but full interoperability of LMR systems remains a distant goal.

http://www.gao.gov/assets/590/588795.pdf
 
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