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CNN Evening News for Friday, Sep 09, 2011
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(Ground Zero: Anderson Cooper) Live footage from Ground Zero in New York City and the World Trade Center on 9/11 shown. The issue of communications problems on 9/11 that have not been fixed that led to loss of life examined; details given about legislation for a first responders communications system and Republican opposition to a modernized system bill. [FDNY Chief Joseph CALLAN†- comments on what the firefighters in the towers did not hear from police channels.] [Last February, NYC police commissioner Raymond KELLY†- criticizes the police communications capabilities.] [Senator Jay ROCKEFELLER - says everyone supports the bill.]

(Ground Zero: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with NYPD deputy chief Charles Dowd about the communications issue. [DOWD†- says some in Congress don't feel the radio spectrum needs to be set aside for first responders; explains how the smart phone technology would work for firefighters and police outside commercial networks; gives examples of how the system would work; suggests Congress needs to act; comments on being at Ground Zero.]

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