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NTIA Announces $135M in Grants for First Responder Net Planning

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration will provide local governments $135 million in funds to help carry out the planning stage of a nationwide first responder communications network, Emergency Management reports. NTIA will distribute funding based on on population, land mass, geography and topography, risk threat and expected level of …

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Rebecca Blank Announces First Responder Network Board Members

Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank has appointed new members of a board to help oversee the deployment of a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders, the department announced Monday. The 15-member Board of the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet will act as an independent authority within the …

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DHS to Award Research Funds for Natl. First Responder Wireless Net

The Department of Homeland Security wants to develop a wireless service for synchronizing public safety communications nationwide, NextGov reports. Aliya Sternstein writes that DHS’ security science and technology directorate‘s $8 million research opportunity is aimed at equipping authorities and first responders with data and video transmission capabilities during crises. The …

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