Harrisburg Meeting on Narrowbanding

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Dec 21, 2009
Royersford, PA
From Don Konkle PFESI Executive Director

Reps. Mike Sturla & Dom Costa: Democratic Policy Committee to hold public hearing on narrowband radio implementation Tuesday in Sharpsburg Borough.
Text of Jan. 5 media advisory.

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 -- House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the committee will hold a public hearing about narrowband radio implementation in Pennsylvania from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 in the Sharpsburg Borough Building's Council Chambers, 1611 Main St., Pittsburgh.

State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, who requested the hearing, will serve as its co-chair. The hearing will focus on the upcoming deadline for implementation of the Federal Communications Commission narrowband radio mandate, which could result in significant noncompliance fines to counties and first responders. The mandate's aim is to increase both voice and data capacity and efficiency in public safety radio communications by relieving bandwidth congestion.

The current hearing agenda is:

2:00 p.m. - Welcome and opening remarks
2:10 p.m. - Jim Burn, member for District 3, Allegheny County Council
2:30 p.m. - Wesley Hill, chair of Region 13 Task Force, Beaver County
2:50 p.m. - Chief David Laux, president, Allegheny County Chiefs of Police Association
3:10 p.m. - Alvin Henderson, Jr., acting chief, Allegheny County Department of Emergency Services
3:30 p.m. - Raymond DeMichiei, deputy director, City of Pittsburgh Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
3:50 p.m. - Robert Full, Chief Deputy Director, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency
4:10 p.m. - Closing remarks

The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.

Contact: Nicole Reigelman, 717-783-0334

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