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[121 STAT. 540]
[121 STAT. 540]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 540

PUBLIC LAW 110–53—AUG. 3, 2007

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(2) FACTORS TO BE EVALUATED.—The evaluation under paragraph (1) shall include— (A) a survey of all Federal agencies that use terrestrial or satellite technology for communications security and an evaluation of the feasibility of using existing systems for the purpose of creating such an emergency back-up public safety communications system; (B) the feasibility of using private satellite, wireless, or terrestrial networks for emergency communications; (C) the technical options, cost, and deployment methods of software, equipment, handsets or desktop communications devices for public safety entities in major urban areas, and nationwide; and (D) the feasibility and cost of necessary changes to the network operations center of terrestrial-based or satellite systems to enable the centers to serve as emergency back-up communications systems. (3) REPORT.— (A) IN GENERAL.—Upon the completion of the evaluation under subsection (a), the Commission shall submit a report to Congress that details the findings of the evaluation, including a full inventory of existing public and private resources most efficiently capable of providing emergency communications. (B) CLASSIFIED INDEX.—The report on critical infrastructure under this subsection may contain a classified annex. (C) RETENTION OF CLASSIFICATION.—The classification of information required to be provided to Congress or any other department or agency under this section by the Federal Communications Commission, including the assignment of a level of classification of such information, shall be binding on Congress and any other department or agency. (c) JOINT ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITIES OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.— (1) ESTABLISHMENT.—The Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall establish a joint advisory committee to examine the communications capabilities and needs of emergency medical and public health care facilities. The joint advisory committee shall be composed of individuals with expertise in communications technologies and emergency medical and public health care, including representatives of Federal, State and local governments, industry and non-profit health organizations, and academia and educational institutions. (2) DUTIES.—The joint advisory committee shall— (A) assess specific communications capabilities and needs of emergency medical and public health care facilities, including the improvement of basic voice, data, and broadband capabilities; (B) assess options to accommodate growth of basic and emerging communications services used by emergency medical and public health care facilities;

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