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Band 14 Spectrum Relocation Grants Available

By Amanda Murphy

In a recent press release, FirstNet announced the Band 14 Spectrum Relocation Grant Program has been published on grants.gov. This grant provides funding assistance to public safety entities currently operating on Band 14 to relocate their communications to other frequencies allocated by the FCC. This is to provide clear spectrum, free of any interference, which is needed for the future, nationwide, public safety broadband network.

According to FirstNet, a number of public safety entities around the U.S. are operating on the FirstNet-licensed Band 14 frequencies under previous FCC authorizations. The grant is intended to assist in their relocation to other frequencies without interruption. Up to $40 million in funds are available for this relocation grant program.

Applications for the grant are due May 16, 2016.

Read the press release.

Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB), has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and hosted workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-chair were elected to the Regional Interoperability Committee (RIC) to work with the ISICSB.

About FirstNet: The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network.

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