The need for a reliable wireless communications network is most evident in times of emergency. During natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, or localized events such as power outages, hostage situations or other acts of crime or terror, wireless infrastructure carries the critical voice, data and video used to protect—and save—lives.
- Wireless broadband communications enable public safety personnel to respond to emergencies—even prevent them altogether.
- Wireless services can aid the public in calling for help in an emergency and help first responders disseminate potentially life-saving information.
- When disaster strikes, millions of Americans rely on their wireless phone to connect with loved ones—they need assurance that their calls and texts will go through without interruption or delay.
- Wireless broadband is a key component of the transition to a next-generation emergency and disaster alert system that will revolutionize the way the public receives vital information. Currently New York City and Washington, D.C. are testing mobile emergency text alert systems, with additional systems in development in other cities.
All of these critical communications services rely on a robust wireless network infrastructure. This infrastructure has been strategically placed to maximize coverage and capacity, enabling as many people as possible to connect wherever they are, whenever they wish. For these innovative applications to be fully functional, infrastructure providers must be able to build out wireless networks—whether dedicated to public safety network or for commercial use—in the most efficient manner possible.
View PCIA’s letter to Congress supporting S. 911, which will create an interoperable public safety network and streamling zoning regulations to enhance network buildout.