Funding the Build-out

If the State’s plan is approved by the FCC, the state may apply for a grant from NTIA to construct the RAN. To obtain Federal funding for its RAN, the State must demonstrate it can:

  • -Provide the technical capability to operate and fund the RAN
  • -Maintain ongoing interoperability with the NPSBN
  • -Complete the project within specified comparable timelines
  • -Execute its plan cost effectively
  • -Deliver security, coverage and quality of service comparable to the NPSBN

There are additional funding implications if a state receives approval to build its own RAN:

  • -States pay any fees associated with using FirstNet core elements
  • -Grant program specifics are not developed yet
  • -NTIA will determine eligible costs of the grant program, whether a match will be required, and funding levels
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