Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Resilient Communications

Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, chaired by Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), will hold a hearing entitled “Resilient Communications: Current Challenges and Future Advancements” tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

Much progress has been made at the Federal, State, and local levels in establishing operable and interoperable communications for our first responders since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

Tomorrow’s hearing will examine a number of topics related to the resilience of communications capabilities, including the impact of the June 29, 2012 derecho on 9-1-1 call centers, and the design, building, and operation of a nationwide wireless interoperable broadband network following the allocation of the D Block to public safety.

Bilirakis said: "We learned many important lessons about the need for resilient communications from the September 11th terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina.  While great progress has been made since those disasters, the 9-1-1 outages in the National Capital Region after the recent derecho highlight significant challenges that remain.  This hearing will provide Subcommittee Members an opportunity to examine efforts to enhance the resiliency of our communications capabilities, including the implementation of Executive Order 13618, the allocation of the D Block to public safety, and efforts to implement next generation 9-1-1."

What:               Subcommittee Hearing: “Resilient Communications: Current Challenges and Future Advancements”

When:               2 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Where:              311 Cannon House Office Building

                          **Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available online HERE.

Witness List:

Panel I

Ms. Bobbie Stempfley
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Cybersecurity and Communications
Department of Homeland Security

Mr. David Turetsky
Chief
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
Federal Communications Commission

PANEL II

Mr. Trey Forgety
Director of Government Relations
National Emergency Number Association

Mr. Kyle Malady
Senior Vice President
Global Network Engineering and Operations
Verizon

Mr. Terry Hall
President
APCO International

Mr. Chris McIntosh
Interoperability Coordinator
Office of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
Commonwealth of Virginia