Nationwide first-responder network faces financing challenges

03/26/2012 | Greentech Media

Federal regulators have paved the way for the creation of a nationwide first-responder network based on the 700 MHz D-block, but advocacy groups say such a build-out will be prohibitively expensive for state and local governments, and so far the feds have done little to ease the burden. According to the Public Safety Spectrum Trust -- which is responsible for managing the program -- the $7 billion the federal government has put up for nationwide deployment barely scratches the surface. Individual regional projects launched to date have ranged from $25 million to more than $100 million.

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