The latest ARRL QST magazine had an article by Tom Gallagher about FirstNet. This was my email to them in response:
"It’s strange that the June 2017 QST arrived in my Inbox just as I was finishing a documentary about United Airlines 93. Tom Gallagher’s article about FirstNet, a nation-wide distributed broadband network called for following the 9/11 Commission report, was a primary story.
"As I am finishing up graduate school towards a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership, I am preparing a grad project that touches on this topic: EmComm Schools.
"Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications should be adopted by public school districts to outfit each and every school, urban or rural, with strategic emergency power, staff training and FCC licensing, and equipment to stay connected in any disaster. The concept is outlined on a Website: https://emcommschools.org/
"'We must focus on the problem we are seeking to solve, not on the solutions we have at hand,' Gallagher wrote in his QST article. We must ensure we have consistent and reliable communication—everywhere—to protect the lives and safety of every American. Schools represent a critical infrastructure found in every community, and could be a cornerstone to integrating emergency communications into each and every region of the nation. Children are the generation we need to protect the most. Let’s give them the critical tools they need to communicate when they need it most."