Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

States Meet to Discuss Interoperability

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

States Meet to Discuss Interoperability

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The National Governors Association (NGA) in conjunction with the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SAFECOM program hosted a three-day conference in Los Angeles, March 21-23, to discuss statewide planning for public safety communications interoperability.

Representatives from all 50 states and the six territories participated in the workshop, meeting with their counterparts to discuss best practices and some of the experiences and challenges that states have encountered during their planning process.

The participants were briefed on the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program, which is a one-rime grant opportunity to enhance interoperable capabilities with respect to voice, data, and/or video and encourage the use of spectrum efficient technology solutions.

The grant is administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the Department of Commerce. The PSIC grant is a $1 billion grant program to assist public safety agencies in the acquisition ok deployment of, or training for the use of interoperable communication systems that can use or be interoperable with systems that use the 24 MHz of reallocated public safety spectrum in the 700 MHz band. Grants will be awarded no later than September 30. The grant guidance will likely be issued in July.

Interoperability Policy Academy

An NLC/National Association of Counties (NACo) two-day Interoperability Policy Academy in St. …

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