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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

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