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NTIA awards next round of FirstNet planning grants

With every U.S. state and territory having now opted into the FirstNet public safety broadband network, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on March 1 announced awards from the State and Local Implementation Grant  Program 2.0 to help some of those jurisdictions prepare for the FirstNet roll out.

NTIA distributed $116.5 million in grants to 54 states and territories between July 2013 and June 2014 through the first round of SLIGP, which was designed to help state, regional, tribal, and local jurisdictions plan to integrate the FirstNet infrastructure, equipment and other architecture for their wireless broadband and data services needs.  This second round of grants will allow states to participate in a wider range of planning activities such as developing data sharing agreements, transitioning public safety applications to FirstNet, analyzing coverage gaps and convening stakeholder meetings.

The recipients of the SLIGP 2.0 grants are:

  1. Alaska Department of Public Safety ($200,000)
  2. Georgia Emergency Management Agency ($407,102)
  3. Idaho Military Division ($250,000)
  4. Iowa Department of Public Safety ($229,030)
  5. Kansas Adjutant General’s Department ($250,000)
  6. Commonwealth of Kentucky, Finance Cabinet ($250,000)
  7. Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services ($249,960)
  8. Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security ($250,000)
  9. Nebraska Department of Administrative Services ($250,000)
  10. New Mexico Department of Information Technology ($250,000)
  11. Pennsylvania State Police ($425,000)
  12. Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security ($250,000)

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

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