Public Officials in Richmond, Virginia are testing the FirstNet’s public safety wireless network, as of last month. Richmond and Fairfax counties are the first localities in Virginia that will be using the network. This move to use the network will hopefully prompt the system to be in full use by the end of 2018. Continue reading
The new website is designed to help educate stakeholders on the development of the network, which will be a collaborative effort between federal, state and local agencies. FirstNet was made possible through H.R. 3630, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which funded the network.
The Act established a grant program focused on assisting a myriad of state, local and other jurisdictions with implementing the NPSBN. This effort was designed to deploy the most efficient and effective means to use and integrate infrastructure, equipment and other architecture to satisfy wireless and data service needs.
Administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA), Utah received $2.2 million dollars through the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP).
To visit the new FirstNet website click here.