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On September 30, 2007, the PSIC Grant Program awarded $968,385,000 to fund interoperable communications projects from the 56 States and Territories. These grants will provide public safety agencies with critical funding to contribute to meaningful and measurable improvements in public safety communications interoperability through the full and efficient use of all telecommunications resources. The program presents a unique opportunity for communities to leverage innovative technologies and solutions. The Department of Commerce is committed to improving communications interoperability among our nation's first responders.


In August, the States and Territories submitted applications for PSIC funds, which included a brief narrative on the process for choosing proposals for public safety organizations. By December 3, 2007, each State and Territory must identify projects to be funded under the award, and they must submit an Investment Justification (IJ) for those projects along with the Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan. Each IJ will include up to 10 Investments (projects) that strongly align with the goals. All public safety organization interested in PSIC funding will be able to seek funding through their State Administrative Agency.

Funding will become available in early 2008, as NTIA approves each Investment. All grant projects will be completed by September 30, 2010.

These awards are being announced in accordance with the requirements of Section 2201 of the Improving Emergency Communications Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 110-53; Section 3006 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Pub. L. No 109-171; and Section 4 of the Call Home Act, Pub. L. No. 109-459, which required awarding the funds by September 30, 2007.

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