StateScoop: The Commerce Department on Friday announced more than than $109 million in new federal grants to states became available to states upgrading their 911 systems. But the funding, which was mandated by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the same law that created FirstNet, the public-safety communications network now operated AT&T), is a tiny fraction of the estimated $12.7 billion that it will cost to launch next-generation 911 nationwide.
The $109 million will be divvied up among 34 states and tribal territories.
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