2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting
Boston

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ADOPTING PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS INTEROPERABILITY STANDARDS

†††† WHEREAS, the ability for various public safety first responders and other support agencies to communicate effectively is crucial to the efficient management of emergencies and disasters that occur in every community; and

†††† WHEREAS, communications effectiveness is contingent upon the establishment of common standards to ensure that disparate systems used by various public safety agencies can interoperate with one another; and

†††† WHEREAS, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated ANSI/TIA/EIAA-102 Phase-1 (Project-25) suite of standards for interoperable channels in the 700mhz. Band and various other federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice have chosen Project 25 as there standard for interoperable radio communications.

†††† WHEREAS, numerous federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and itís subsidiary divisions have included the Project-25 suite of standards within their grant guidelines for federal funding assistance; and

†††† WHEREAS, on March 10, 2004, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued Version 1.0 of the Statement of Requirements (SOR) for Public Safety Wireless Communications and Interoperability outlining the initiatives needed to improve interoperability amongst public safety agencies nationwide; and

WHEREAS, the adoption of the Project-25 suite of standards for public safety communications interoperability by cities will contribute to the enhancement of public safety nationwide,

†††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors adopts and promotes the use of the ANSI/TIA/EIAA-102 Phase-1 (Project-25) suite of standards for public safety communications in all cities across the United States of America.