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D.C. to Test Emergency Transmission Network

The District of Columbia is beginning a pilot program for emergency communications that government officials hope could become a template for cities around the country. The government will install a private wireless network somewhat similar to a cellular-phone network for police, fire and other emergency workers that will allow high-speed video, database and voice transmission inside the Capital Beltway. The $2.7 million trial program will last for a year. About 200 people from public safety agencies and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will be allowed to connect to the network on their laptops and handheld computers during the trial period, the city said. Full Story

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