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Surprisingly Free Conversations, Podcast of Thomas W. Hazlett, Interview by Jerry Brito


Thomas Hazlett discusses telecommunications policy and economics on March 15, 2010. The discussion also turns to the history of spectrum regulation, ongoing inefficiencies in the current system, and suggestions for possible improvements. Hosted by Jerry Brito, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program, SurprisinglyFree.com is a weekly podcast featuring in-depth discussions with an eclectic mix of authors, academics, and entrepreneurs at the intersection of technology, policy, and economics.

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Wall Street Journal: Failure to Communicate, Jerry Brito

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For more than two decades, the nation’s first responders to emergencies have had to contend with radio communications that were not up to the task. Each time a major calamity such as the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11 or Hurricane Katrina throws a spotlight on the problem, a blue-ribbon panel is convened. And each time the panel invariably offers the same prescription: more funding and more radio spectrum for public safety agencies.  Full article available at wsj.com.  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB117375296121535034-email.html. 

Sending Out an S.O.S.: Public Safety Communications Interoperability as a Collective Action Problem


59 Federal Communications Law Journal 457-92 (2007). Jerry Brito, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, Federal Communications Law Journal.

On September 11, 2001, officers from the New York City police and fire departments responded to the attacks on the World Trade Center. That morning, police and firefighters entered each of the Twin Towers in an effort to help those inside. Shortly after the South Tower collapsed, an officer in a police helicopter hovering over the scene radioed to his colleagues, “About 15 floors down from the top, it looks like it’s glowing red. It’s inevitable.”1 Then another police pilot reported, “I don’t think this has too much longer to go. I would evacuate all people within the area of that second building.”

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Public Safety Conference 2006