In March, Chief Jack Parow, IAFC president and chairman of the board, testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security at a hearing on the Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011 (H.R. 607). Parow noted the urgent need to establish a nationwide public safety wireless interoperable broadband network. He said the main ingredient to do this is a network with sufficient capacity under public safety control, built mission-critical at the outset, with federal funding to assist. That means Congress must pass a bill directing the FCC to allocate the D Block of spectrum to public safety.