Public Safety

The Center for Digital Government has awarded those cities and towns which have innovatively used technology to ?expand access to government services, promote citizen engagement, increase transparency, reduce costs and improve the lives of residents.?
Most American airline passengers want to connect to the Internet in flight, but they don't want to listen to other people's cell phone conversations.
According to a coalition of 911 operators and first responders, "... upwards of 2/3 of wireless 9-1-1 calls are delivered to the emergency call center without accurate location data."
Bipartisan ?Press One for America? Bill Unveiled That Lets Consumers Choose U.S. Based Call Centers -- and Bans Tax Dollars for Companies that Offshore U.S. Call Center Jobs
"A county without any internet capacity in modern America is a lost county for the future,? said Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), guest speaker at the 2013 West Virginia Broadband Summit in Morgantown.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee looked at the ongoing transition to IP telecommunications. But witnesses from AT&T to community groups urged the government to preserve adequate regulatory powers, whatever the technology.
In two linked actions in the New York area, Verizon seems determined to give customers worse, not better service ? and consumers aren?t happy.
The FCC proposed that in the wake of natural and man-made widespread disasters, wireless carriers must publicly disclose the percentage of cell sites which remain operational.
According to Jason Fuhrman, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers: Improved telecommunications infrastructure, particularly fast and widely-accessible wired and wireless broadband networks, enables synergistic technological advances in business, healthcare, education, public safety, entertainment, and more.
Fire Island residents and their allies convinced Verizon to suspend plans to offer wireless-only to the beach community, and upgrade landlines instead.