Professor Hazlett on Public Safety Radio Reforms

Professor Thomas W. Hazlett writes of the public safety radio reforms proposed in the wake of emergencies and natural disasters and offers the idea of competitive bidding to supply public safety networks.

Katrina's Radio Silence, The Financial Times Ltd, October 24, 2005. By Thomas W. Hazlett.

"Competitive bidding for services opens up a world of efficient opportunities, as opposed to the Balkanised mini-nets of today. Standard police and fire communications could cheaply piggyback on cellphone networks, which sell minutes by the billions to "virtual" networks (Virgin Mobile is the largest, with over 3m subscribers). Crisis situation backup could be provided via satellite networks. Innumerable twists are conceivable. Innovative services will result."

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