So many metaphors come to mind when trying to describe the monumental feat of getting the D Block reallocated to public safety. I will opt for “miracle,” because when O’Brien first suggested the idea for this network, the collective reaction can be summed up in this sentence: “It would be a miracle if public safety ever got a nationwide broadband communications network of its own.”
The CBO released its “score” of legislation approved in June by the Senate Commerce Committee and found it would produce $6.5 billion for deficit reduction — far below the $10 billion that the measure’s supporters predicted it would provide.
Fugate specifically mentioned the Public Assistance (PA) federal disaster grants to eligible state, tribal, and local governments, as well as certain private nonprofit entities for the “repair, replacement or restoration of publicly-owned facilities and infrastructure damaged during a disaster.”
The Obama Administration announced a number of new initiatives designed to accelerate the modernization of U.S. electric-grid infrastructure — including deploying smart-grid technologies — to facilitate the integration of renewable sources, accommodate electric vehicles, avoid blackouts and restore power more quickly, and reduce the need for new power plants.