State officials lobby Congress for first-responder network

08/31/2011 | National Journal

Top law enforcement officials in most U.S. states are calling on the federal government to earmark D-block spectrum -- slated for auction -- for a national broadband network for first-responders. The attorneys general of 42 states sent a letter to congressional leaders touting the benefits of such a network for public safety. Some lawmakers, including Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., support a first-responder network based on D-block spectrum, but Republicans in the House have said they prefer to auction the spectrum instead.

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