Rep. Romanchuk Applauds Passage Of FirstNet Resolution
House calls for greater transparency with federally-enforced broadband system
 
 
COLUMBUS - 

Today, State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) applauded the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution 15 through the Ohio House of Representatives. The bill urges the United States Congress to hold regular hearings in reference to the nationwide broadband public safety network designated as FirstNet, and to provide information on the costs of the network for Ohio and Ohio’s taxpayers.


First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was enacted by the federal government for the use of first responders. This new directive allows for the federal government to take over Ohio’s current broadband system and requires Ohio to singularly utilize FirstNet. In an effort to protect Ohio’s taxpayers by analyzing how FirstNet will affect the state financially, S.C.R. 15 calls for detailed answers in regards to the effectiveness and costs of the new network. Ohio has already invested over $500,000,000 in the current first responder system and FirstNet requires Ohio to financially back the system with costs remaining unknown.


“A good communications system is essential in carrying out our emergency services,” Rep. Romanchuk said, “but it’s very important that the states have a role in developing a nationwide system. Our goal is to perform these functions as effectively and efficiently as possible.”


Due to the undetermined expenditures of FirstNet, the resolution urges Congress to create a comprehensive business plan listing the expenses of the service. In addition, the resolution asks that Ohio be able to opt-out of the network if the state chooses to do so.


S.C.R. 15 passed with bipartisan support and will now move to Governor Kasich for his signature.

 
 
 
  
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