Safety Dance

New FCC bureau to focus on communication

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

September 12, 2006

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Safety Dance

10:00 AM -- From The Philter's It's About Time file, here's a snippet of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate's prepared comments from the VON conference yesterday. Five years after the Sept. 11 attacks and more than one year after Katrina, Tate says the FCC is soon going to launch a new Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau:

I applaud the collaborative efforts and contributions of the entire communications industry, which has worked hard to address the difficult policy and technical issues that make these necessary improvements possible.

As many of you know, the Commission will soon unveil its new Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to streamline functions at the FCC. This action underscores the fact that the dissemination of vital information and interoperable communications at every level are our first line of defense against natural disasters, attacks on our homeland, and even the possibility of a pandemic, other health-related, or environmental attack.

Is it too much to ask that this new Bureau get more funding than the one that decides when it's okay for grown-ups to use the F-word?

— Phil Harvey, Bureau Chief Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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