November 15, 2018

Cortez Masto Applauds $450,000 NTIA Grant Award to Assist Nevada’s Implementation of Public Safety Broadband Network

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement applauding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for awarding the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety in Carson City, Nevada $450,000 to assist in identifying, planning, and implementing the operation of a public safety broadband network, titled FirstNet, in the region.

“In times of crisis, the use of innovative technology can improve timely and reliable communications between public safety professionals to help them make better and faster decisions. I’m pleased that the Department of Commerce and the NTIA continue to invest in the development of FirstNet, which will give the State of Nevada the opportunity to implement new tools that keep Nevadans safe.”

BACKGROUND:

FirstNet was created to develop and deploy a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) that will enhance public safety by giving police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals and other entities access to reliable communications and data. 

The State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) assists state, regional, tribal, and local jurisdictions with identifying, planning, and implementing the most efficient and effective means to use and integrate the infrastructure, equipment, and other architecture associated with the NPSBN to satisfy the wireless broadband and data services needs of their jurisdictions.

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