Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act

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In a December 2005 report to Congress submitted pursuant to the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Govtrack), the FCC recognized that broadband applications offer the public safety community a number of benefits, including video surveillance, real-time text messaging and e-mail, high resolution digital images, and the ability to obtain location and status information of personnel and equipment in the field. [1] The commission is considering whether to adopt rules permitting a single licensee to charge public safety entities for access to the broadband service. Critics have alleged it would monopolize public safety communications. Three private companies have formed, offering competing public safety broadband plans. Two of the proposals involve utilizing frequencies in the 700 MHz band.

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  1. Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 07-72) Federal Communications Commission, released April 27, 2007.

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