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Chiefs and Sheriffs Answer Questions Concerning Public Safety Position on D-Block Allocation

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WHO:        Representatives of the Public Safety Alliance, including:

  •     Chief Jeff Johnson, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, President, International Association of Fire Chiefs
  •     Deputy Chief Charles Dowd, New York Police Department
  •     Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald, Story County, Iowa, Vice President, National Sheriffs Association
  •     Chief of Police Rob Davis, San Jose, CA Police Department, President, Major Cities Chiefs Association

WHAT:    Press Teleconference to address the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Hearing
on the Public Safety Broadband Network and H.R. 4829 and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) recently released whitepaper to support their National Broadband Plan recommendations

WHEN:    Thursday, June 17 at 3:30p.m. EST

WHERE:    Teleconference
        (866) 951-1151
Conference Room Number: 3446422

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Last week, the Public Safety Alliance launched a national advertising and grassroots campaign calling on Congress to modify the FCC’s proposed auction of the D Block, as included in its national broadband plan. Specifically, the PSA is urging Congress to support H.R. 5081 - the Broadband for First Responders Act of 2010, and introduce a companion bill now in the U.S. Senate. The group is a partnership among the nation's leading public safety associations, which includes APCO International, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, the Major County Sheriffs’ Association and the National Emergency Management Association. The partnership is operated as a program of APCO International.

Organizations also supporting allocation of the D Block to public safety include the National Governors Association, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the United States Conference of Mayors, the Council of State Governments, the International City/County Management Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Criminal Justice Association, the National Association of Police Organizations, the Police Executive Research Forum and the American Public Works Association.

For more information on the Alliance, visit http://www.psafirst.org.

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