September 11, 2011 & Interoperable Communications – 10 years later

Deltek Analyst Evan Halperin reports.

This Sunday is the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2011 attacks – the most destructive and devastating terrorist attacks on American soil in the country’s history. In the days leading up to the anniversary, many Americans around the world can think back to that day and remember exactly where they were, what they were doing, and what happened in the days that followed. The significance of those planes crashing into New York City’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C., and Somerset County, Pa. is complex and led to the United States’ war on terror. In addition to a dramatic shift in American policy, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were the first signals to United States law enforcement and first responders that additional coordination was needed within the realm of interoperable communications. More analysis and insight into interoperable communications since 9/11 can be found in an Analyst Perspective.

In looking at the progress of state and local agencies with regard to the FCC narrowbanding mandate, it is clear that the time and money available will not be sufficient. The FCC mandate was actually unfunded and has left many financially-struggling agencies in need of an extension to meet the deadline. While some areas have started to move forward with plans, the lack of funding may derail the plans for expanded networks or new handheld radios capable of handling the new frequencies. While localities work hard to meet the deadline, does the recommendation by the 9/11 co-chairs for the usage of the D-block alter or even undermine the current work being done? As stated in the initial report, the anniversary report and statement from DHS and the FCC, it is crucial that state and local agencies move to a common band and spectrum for communications. Since the efforts for D-Block legislation have stalled and remain stagnant, it might be too soon to worry about such concerns.

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