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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

$30M Grant Funds Available for Broadband Apps and Innovations

By Amanda Murphy

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) recently announced a $30 million grant opportunity toward innovative digital tools for first responders and FirstNet’s national public safety communications network.  "The idea behind this is that we want to help public safety [professionals] envision what the future looks like for them. Not two years or three years from now — but what does 10 years or 15 years look like for you?" said PSCR Director Dereck Orr in an interview with FirstNet. "We want to pull that future vision forward in the timeline by thoughtfully...

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Puerto Rico Awarded $1.4 Million for FirstNet

By Wil Payton

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) this week awarded $1.4 to Puerto Rico for the island’s First Responder Network Authority. Known as FirstNet, the matching grant program administered by the NTIA is designed to assist regional, state, local, and tribal government entities as they plan for a nationwide public safety broadband network. Below is an excerpt for a News Is My Business article on the award: “Puerto Rico will leverage its existing governance body, the Puerto Rico Interoperable Communications Committee, and the recently established Puerto Rico Public Safety Broadband Network Committee, to implement...

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NTIA Announces Federal Funding Opportunity for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program

By Connected Nation

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced yesterday the much awaited Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO ) for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP).  With this, NTIA commences the key state-level planning process that will support the construction of a national public safety mobile broadband network (PSBN). The program was created by Congress in 2012 under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to assist state, local, and tribal governments with planning for a nationwide interoperable PSBN.  This grant will allow states to undertake the...

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Inaugural Board for FirstNet Public Safety Network Announced

By Connected Nation

Today the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce announced the composition of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board.  FirstNet was created earlier this year by Congress through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act with the mandate to create a nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network that will enable police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other public safety officials to more effectively communicate and do their jobs.  The Act mandates the NTIA to form a FirstNet Board by August 20 comprised of 15...

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