Senate panel OKs bill for first responder wireless network

Public safety officials could share messages and data

By Lydia Mulvany
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 11, 2001, firefighters and police officers rushed to the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. When a collapse was imminent, emergency responders couldn't communicate that with one another because of their equipment, which had different bandwidths and frequencies. Those who didn't get the message died.

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