Once again the cell phone system failed during a serious event. This time it was during the response to the Boston Marathon Bombing. See the comments of Peter Clifford, Superintendent Boston Fire Department. I realize amateur radio was present for the race and was used in response to the the bombing. I commend all those involved.
When we have a significant event here, read earthquake or large wild fire, the situation will go on a lot longer and will involve a lot more people. We should learn from the experiences of others.
THE QUESTION is simply…… after numerous failures of the cell phone systems why doesn’t the government recognize amateur radio, create a strategy, implement a plan and embrace those amateur operators who are interested in emergency communications. Don’t leave it to local jurisdictions; it needs coordination, standardization and interoperability……………. remember incident command ????