Broadband Benefits for Public Safety

Broadband technologies will give first responders new tools to save American lives. Having good broadband allows first responders and emergency personnel in disaster situations to have constant and secure communication capabilities.

Goal No. 5 of the National Broadband Plan: “To ensure the safety of American communities, every first responder should have access to a nationwide, wireless, interoperable broadband public safety network”.

Public safety and homeland security. Broadband can bolster efforts to improve public safety and homeland security by allowing first responders to send and receive video and data, by ensuring all Americans can access emergency services and improving the way Americans are notified about emergencies. To achieve these objectives, the plan makes recommendations to:
  • Support deployment of a nationwide, interoperable public safety mobile broadband network, with funding of up to $6.5 billion in capital expenditures over 10 years, which could be reduced through cost efficiency measures and other programs. Additional funding will be required for operating expenses.
  • Promote innovation in the development and deployment of next-generation 911 and emergency alert systems.
  • Promote cybersecurity and critical infrastructure survivability to increase user confidence, trust and adoption of broadband communications.

- FCC - National Broadband Plan
- Last Accessed 1/18/11

  • Emergency services personnel provide critical details on emergencies and conditions to persons statewide that help save lives.
  • Notifications and updates of school closures and hazardous conditions are relayed to students statewide in minutes.
  • Photos and details of missing persons sent via the Amber Alert and Endangered Persons systems dramatically increase recovery likelihood.
  • Up-to-date road/weather conditions, with live cameras, delivered statewide keep our motorists informed and their families safe.