01.27.11

King Statement on Obama Administration Endorsement of D Block Reallocation to Public Safety

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Washington, D.C. – Today, ­U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement in response to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s announcement that the Obama Administration supports reallocating the D Block communications spectrum to public safety:

“I wholeheartedly support today’s announcement by Secretary Napolitano that the Obama Administration supports the reallocation of the D Block communications spectrum to public safety, which is exactly what America’s first responders have long been advocating for.  This is a crucial development in our efforts to ensure the development of a national interoperable public safety wireless broadband network. 

Last year, I introduced the Broadband for First Responders Act to accomplish what the Obama Administration is now endorsing.  I look forward to working with the President, Secretary Napolitano, and leaders in both the House and the Senate, including Senator Lieberman, in supporting our nation’s first responders and strengthening their communications capabilities.”

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