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10 years after 9/11 terror attacks, emergency workers still struggling to talk via radios
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Ten years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, emergency responders still cannot communicate with each other over emergency radios.
In a 10th anniversary report card on the recommendations by the 9/11 Commission, the National Security Preparedness Group says the U.S. is still lacking a nationwide broadband network dedicated to first responders.
The inability for first responders to speak to each other on 9/11 was considered a "critical failure" that cost lives.
Public safety officials and others, including President Barack Obama, have supported setting aside the so-called D-block spectrum of airwaves for emergency workers.
The report released Wednesday concludes that little progress has been made on creating a communications network and that the issue has become a "political fight."