Alexander, Corker Applaud Interoperable Communications Grant Funding for Tennessee

More Than $17.5 Million to Assist Public Safety Agencies

Posted on July 25, 2007

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today applauded over $17.5 million in funding for Tennessee through the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program, which helps ensure that public safety personnel and other first responders have the ability to reliably share information in their efforts to protect and serve the public. The program is administered by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “This grant will improve the equipment our safety workers need to do their job of keeping Tennesseans safe,” said Alexander. “Senator Corker and I appreciate this investment from the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security and will continue working together to ensure that communities throughout our state are able to share information quickly to save lives during emergencies.” “Providing Tennessee’s public safety personnel with the tools necessary to coordinate their activities during an emergency will help save lives,” said Corker. “I thank the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security for providing more than $17 million for Tennessee and appreciate their shared commitment to keeping our communities safe.” The PSIC Grant Program assists public safety agencies with the acquisition of, deployment of, or training for the use of interoperable communications systems that utilize reallocated 700 MHZ spectrum for radio communications. Tennessee will receive $17,540,752. The governor of each state and territory has designated a State Administrative Agency (SAA) which administers the funds to eligible public safety agencies. Each agency receiving PSIC funds is required to meet and document a 20 percent statutory match requirement for each project during the period of performance of the grant. Additional information about the PSIC program can be found on their website http://www.ntia.doc.gov/psic.