FCC chief calls for better first-responder network

09/23/2005 | Washington Post, The

As Hurricane Rita pushed toward Texas yesterday, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin called for a revamp of the emergency communications network, saying it should be upgraded so first-responders could share information seamlessly on multiple networks. Martin touted satellite networks as a viable alternative to the current system, which relies on radio. Meanwhile, Cingular Wireless ramped up preparations for the latest storm by putting 30,000 gallons of gas, 16 temporary cell towers, 200-plus generators and about 120 technicians on standby.

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