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For Immediate Release
August 2, 2000

Contact: Ranjit de Silva

Art Brodsky

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WASHINGTON-The Wireless Innovations in Communications Initiative (WICI) Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000 to hear representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) make a presentation on telecommunications technologies that support FEMA's all-hazards mission. ITS America (in conjunction with the Department of Transportation) and COMCare Alliance will make presentations on public safety and the integration of emergency systems in the transportation arena. Based on discussions following the briefings, industry representatives are encouraged to prepare responsive presentations for subsequent meetings.

WICI, an initiative of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is designed to provide a venue for the federal government to promote innovative thinking in the development and utilization of new communications technologies. Specific goals of the WICI are to identify new wireless technologies and new spectrum management approaches that will enable federal users to satisfy their communications needs more effectively and efficiently, and to encourage private sector innovation and greater public/private cooperation. The WICI Committee, established as an ad hoc committee of the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee, is composed of senior experts from various federal government agencies.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 8, 2000
1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Rm 6057-6059
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th & Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20230

Note: Please check the web site for updates on meeting time and place.

REGISTRATION: Online registration for industry representatives is requested. Instructions for registration are provided on the NTIA web site at

Go to WICI home page.
Go to NTIA/OSM home page.
Go to NTIA home page.