State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP)
The National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) developed the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) to help states plan, coordinate, and provide inputs to the design and implementation of the FirstNet Network. SLIGP 1.0 had two phases – Phase 1 was focused on stakeholder education and outreach and Phase 2 was focused on data collection to support state plan needs. In September 2013, Utah received $1.8M in SLIGP funding. SLIGP 2.0 is focused on deployment and adoption.
SLIGP 1.0 Phase 1 – Education and Outreach
FirstNet is mandated by legislation to consult with states on their needs for the nationwide public safety broadband network. In Phase 1 of the SLIGP, FirstNet focused on this consultation with states through multiple engagements to gather information about unique needs and challenges of the state’s public safety community and to share the vision and objectives of FirstNet.
Photo courtesy of FirstNet – Initial Consultation Meeting with Utah, November 6, 2014
SLIGP 1.0 Phase 2 – Data Collection
NTIA released funding for SLIGP 1.0 Phase 2 in March 2015 for states to perform data collection. Activities focused on state input to FirstNet towards development of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the design, construction, and operation of the FirstNet Network.