APCO Says Broadband Eligibility Rules Unfair to Public Safety

In a post today on www.govtech.com, the article covers statements made by the Association for Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)regarding eligibility rules for public safety agencies applying for broadband stimulus funds.  According to Richard Mirgon, the association’s president-elect, eligibility requirements for stimulus grants will exclude many public safety agencies since the law mandates network partnering with community institutions such as universities or health-care providers.  Mr. Mirgon argues that while certain partnerships may be appropriate, many will not work when sensitive or secure data is involved.  APCO will send a letter to the NTIA in the next few days requesting a rule change.



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