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FCC Chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to Step Down

04.16.12 – The FCC’s Chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Rear Admiral USNR (Retired) James Barnett, will leave his position at the end of April to serve as Senior Vice President at Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. During his time with the FCC, Barnett played a role in many important public safety initiatives such as the establishment of the public safety broadband network; instituting the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, conducted on November 9, 2011; and the adoption of new rules in relation to location accuracy of 9-1-1 calls and Next Generation 9-1-1. According to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, “Thanks to his efforts, out country’s communications networks are stronger and more resilient, and Americans are and will be safer in significant ways.” [Source: FCC]

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