At a press event on Wednesday, two former members of the 9/11 Commission who currently co-chair the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group (NSPG) pleaded for swift Congressional action on pending legislation that calls for reallocation of the 700 MHz D-block to public safety entities. Both men, however, also acknowledged their willingness to support a reauction of the D-block to a commercial carrier that would share its network with public safety if that would give first responders needed access to wireless broadband spectrum in an expedited manner. At Wednesday’s event, former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean (R) and former Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton (D)—respectively, the former chairman and co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission-- discussed a NSBG report that details nine unfulfilled recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that were first outlined in 2004. While backing “immediate reallocation of the D-block spectrum to public safety and the construction of a nationwide, interoperable network,” Kean stressed, “if it’s not going to happen that way, then it has to happen another way” as “we cannot go any longer without police and fire being able to talk to one another.” While agreeing that expedited congressional action is needed “one way or the other,” Hamilton maintained that “the reliability of the communication is going to be more likely if you have a direct allocation.” In addition to recommending direct allocation, the NSBG report also calls for (1) the establishment of public safety broadband network standards to ensure interoperability, (2) the integration of broadband network equipment and devices with existing narrowband emergency communications technologies, (3) leveraging of existing communications infrastructure, and (4) “rigorous” congressional oversight of public safety network construction to “ensure that taxpayers get the most value for their dollars.” Warning, “we don’t know when the next attack or disaster will strike,” Kean and Hamilton urged lawmakers to “act swiftly.”