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Hearing on "Strengthening Communications Networks to Help Americans in Crisis"

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 10:30am
2322 Rayburn House Office Building

The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a legislative hearing on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing is entitled, "Strengthening Communications Networks to Help Americans in Crisis."


Key Documents

Memorandum from Chairman Pallone to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology





H.R. 451, the "Don't Break Up the T-Band Act of 2019"

H.R. 1289, the "Preserving Home and Office Numbers in Emergencies Act of 2019" 

H.R. 3836, the "Wireless Infrastructure Resiliency during Emergencies and Disasters Act" or the "WIRED Act"

H.R. 4194, the "National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2019"

H.R. 4856, the "Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act of 2019" or the "READI Act"

H.R. 5918, a bill to direct the Federal Communicatoins Commission to issue reports after activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System and to make improvement to network outage reporting

H.R. 5926, the "Reinforcing and Evaluating Service Integrity, Local Infrastructure, and Emergency Notification for Today's Networks Act" or the "RESILIENT Networks Act"

H.R. 5928, the "Fee Integrity and Responsibilities and To Regain Essential Spectrum for Public-safety Operators Needed to Deploy Equipment Reliably Act of 2020" or the "FIRST RESPONDER Act of 2020"



Matthew Gerst
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs



Sue Ann Atkerson
Chief Executive Officer
Behavioral Health Link



Anthony Gossner
Fire Chief
City of Santa Rosa (Calif.)



Joseph Torres
Senior Director of Strategy and Engagement
Free Press and Free Press Action



Daniel Henry
Regulatory Counsel and Director of Government Affairs
National Emergency Number Association



Allen F. Bell
Distribution Manager
Georgia Power Company