Background – Congresswoman Jane Harman has introduced the ‘‘Next Generation Public Safety Device Act of 2010,’’ legislation that directs NTIA to conduct competitions and award grants for the development of next generation public safety devices. The following statement may be attributed to AT&T Executive Vice President-Federal Relations Tim McKone:

“We applaud Congresswoman Harman for introducing legislation that provides a solid foundation for funding the development of next generation devices for public safety. Importantly, the legislation gives priority to projects that are interoperable with other commercial bands, which will give first responders the comfort in knowing that vital communications will work in emergencies.

“Also, AT&T believes that backward compatibility with 3G and 2G commercial networks should be a minimum requirement for public safety devices as it enhances interoperability for the men and women of the public safety community.”

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