Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program: Improving Interoperable Communications Nationwide: Overview of Initial State and Territory Investments   [open pdf - 1013KB]

"The Federal Government has recognized that communications interoperability among public safety agencies is a critical element in emergency response. In recognition of the need to improve the interoperability of public safety communications nationwide, the Department of Commerce (DOC), in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has established and implemented a $1 billion grant program to assist public safety agencies in enhancing communications interoperability nationwide. Through cooperative development, the DOC National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) have designed the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program. PSIC is a grant program that is solely focused on interoperable and emergency communications and represents the largest single infusion of Federal funding for State, Territory, and local communications interoperability. [...] The ultimate goal of the PSIC Grant Program is to have a substantial, nationwide influence on public safety communications interoperability. This report illustrates the Investments State and local public safety agencies are making to achieve greater interoperability and to advance the Nation's goal of improved preparedness and response."

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