Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 08:00
GUAM RECEIVES GRANT TO PLAN FOR NATIONWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY BROADBAND NETWORK
AGANA HEIGHTS (October, 2013) – Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense along with the Governor’s Office of Information Technology announced that the island has received a $529,300.00 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP). The grant will support state and territorial planning, education, outreach, and consultation activities as Guam prepares to work with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) toward the initiation and deployment of the first nationwide public safety broadband network. FirstNet was established in February 2012 as part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. (www.firstnet.gov)
Guam Homeland Security will work in collaboration with the island’s public safety partners as they consult with FirstNet on the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network in Guam. FirstNet will develop the first high-speed wireless broadband data network dedicated to public safety that will provide a single, nationwide network to facilitate communication for public safety users during emergencies and on the job every day. The planned network will be public safety grade, providing access to applications and coverage where public safety needs it most.
Established by Executive Order ##-##, the Guam Interoperable Communication Executive Committee as well as its working group will assist in the implementation of the SLIGP. One of the major benefits of a nationwide public safety broadband network would assist Guam’s first responders to better communicate during emergencies and save lives.
All 56 U.S. states and territories were eligible to apply for the grants and some were required to provide a matching contribution of at least 20 percent. Guam’s grant does not require the matching contribution and will be awarded in two phases. The first phase will focus on such activities as exploring existing governance models, conducting education and outreach to relevant stakeholders, and identifying potential public safety users. Phase two of the funding will focus on additional consultants with FirstNet and data collection activities.
The period of performance for the grant is September 1, 2013, through July 31, 2016.