U.S. FCC Asks How to Ensure Communications for Emergency Workers

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. regulators asked for comments on the requirements they should put in place to ensure emergency workers nationwide can communicate with one another.

The Federal Communications Commission on a 5-0 vote today also required new emergency communications networks to use so-called fourth-generation wireless systems that can swap voice, video and data.

The agency’s action “takes us closer to our goal” of a nationwide network for public safety workers such as police and firefighters, said Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker, a Republican.

The FCC wants comments on topics including coverage requirements, security and encryption, and interference prevention, the agency said in a news release.

-- Editors: Allan Holmes, Steve Geimann

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