LAS VEGAS — Mike Dame, director of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said the second tranche of $20.6 million in SLIGP 2.0 grants is expected to be distributed in the November/December timeframe if NTIA can commit the funds in early October. Mr. Dame discussed the grants during a session yesterday afternoon at the APCO 2018 show here. In May, NTIA announced that it had completed awarding the first tranche of funds (TR Daily, May 2).
The total to be awarded in 2.0 is $33.2 million, which was funding that was not used when SLIGP grants were first awarded in 2013 and 2014. The grants are designed to help states prepare for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Meanwhile, Carolyn Dunn, federal program officer in NTIA’s Office of Public Safety Communications, noted that an NG-911 deployment cost study is still in the federal government review process.