Blog // Connect South Carolina

Checking in to SafeTown

By Jennifer Cobb

SafeTown is, by definition, a powerful, easy-to-use suite of web-based and mobile apps that empower you to share information with local law enforcement, fire, emergency services, and other citizens to make your community a better, safer place to live. Which was the first community in the country to roll out SafeTown? Anderson, South Carolina, population just under 27,000.  “Anderson is a small town but being the first in the nation to implement SafeTown shows our commitment to ensuring the safety of our residents,” said Taylor Jones, deputy chief of Anderson County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Division. “Each feature of the...

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NTIA Announces Federal Funding Opportunity for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program

By Connected Nation

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced yesterday the much awaited Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO ) for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP).  With this, NTIA commences the key state-level planning process that will support the construction of a national public safety mobile broadband network (PSBN). The program was created by Congress in 2012 under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to assist state, local, and tribal governments with planning for a nationwide interoperable PSBN.  This grant will allow states to undertake the...

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Connected Nation Kicks Off Public Safety Month

By Connected Nation

Connected Nation is committing to improve communities through greater broadband adoption, access, and use. This February, we’re kicking-off our Public Safety Month to highlight the ways in which broadband is supporting police departments, hospitals, and fire departments as they protect our families and save lives. We’re looking forward to highlighting how high-speed Internet is helping promote better public safety, but we need your help today.  Share your story about how the Internet, mobile broadband, or other technology helped you in an emergency situation. Our organization plays a key role in providing first responders and...

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