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NJ Congressman Introduces Bill to Extend Narrowband Deadline for First Responders

Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, has filed legislation, H.R. 3430, to extend a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) deadline for upgrading communications equipment for firefighters, police, and other first responders for two years, from January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2015.  "First, without cooperation from Congress, already overburdened local taxpayers in each town will potentially be on the hook for several hundred thousand dollars to meet an unfunded federal mandate. Until the federal government is willing to provide matching funds for First Responders' communications equipment upgrades, first responders should not be fined for...

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