The Missouri Department of Public Safety announces a series of meetings with the public safety/first responder community to explore how implementation of a dedicated public safety broadband network could benefit their mission. Input will also be requested from those protecting critical infrastructure. The Department received a federal grant, the State and Local Grant Implementation Program (SLIGP), and as part of the grant, is partnering with the Missouri Association of Councils of Government (MACOG) to hold meetings across the State beginning in April.
These meetings will serve to provide information about a proposed public safety broadband network; elicit feedback from the attendees about their requirements for a network; how a dedicated public safety broadband network could best work for them; and who would use the network.
The network would be dedicated to public safety users during emergencies and on the job every day, and would be used initially to send data, video, images and text. Unlike current commercial wireless networks, a dedicated broadband network would allow for priority access among public safety users.
The Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments will hold their initial meeting with the MO Department of Public Safety on May 13, 2014 at the Council of Governments office in Perry beginning at 10:00 a.m. Stakeholders from the counties of Audrain, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, Randolph and Shelby will soon be requested to attend to participate in the planning meetings with the Department of Public Safety.
For more information regarding the meeting to be held at the Mark Twain COG, please call 573-565-2203. For specific meeting times, dates and locations across the State, please go to http://www.macogonline.org/rpcs.htm. More information on the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network may be found at http://FirstNet.gov