NTIA Announces Second Phase of FirstNet Funding

Pete CodellaBroadband

NTIAThe U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced it will be releasing the second phase of previously-awarded grant funding for states and territories to begin collecting data necessary to plan for the nationwide public safety broadband network being developed by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

This second phase of SLIGP funding ($58 million) will allow states to collect data identifying and prioritizing where public safety broadband coverage is needed, identifying potential users and their capacity needs, and detailing current providers and procurement mechanisms.

NTIA also announced that states and territories will be able to use some funding from phase one on data collection in order to help the grantees meet a July 31 target date set by FirstNet to provide initial data related to states’ coverage needs.