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FCC Establishes Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau

FCC Establishes Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau

The FCC has elevated its Office of Homeland Security to a bureau, a long-planned move.
Functions relating to EAS move to the new entity, called the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.
The bureau is supposed to address matters of public safety, homeland security, and emergency management and preparedness. It brings together public safety functions that had been dispersed among other bureaus and offices. It’s organized into three divisions: policy, public communications outreach and operations and communications systems analysis.
Chairman Martin said the bureau will assume responsibility for completing the 800 MHz re-banding process and resolving any related interference issues.
Commissioner Copps said the bureau should have opened right after 9/11 but he’s glad to see its launch now.