CAVE CITY —
Cave City officials recently received word the city has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase new repeaters and related equipment used in transmitting signals by the city's police and fire departments.
The city applied for the grant to help fund the upgrade of its radio equipment as it attempts to comply with Federal Communications Commission requirements.
“We were going to have to buy these repeaters whether we had to borrow the money or whatever,” said Councilman Denny Doyle, chairman of the city council's health, safety and communications committee.
The FCC is mandating all public safety and business industrial land mobile radio systems, such as the one operated by the city, switch to a narrowband frequency by Jan. 1, 2013.
Those who fail to meet the FCC mandate could face a violation that may result in a fine or the loss of their FCC licenses, according to the FCC website.
The switch to a narrowband frequency will allow for the creation of additional channel capacity within the same radio spectrum and support more users, the website stated.
Upgrading to a narrowband frequency is not inexpensive.
“The equipment is rather expensive, especially for a small town like us,” said Doyle, who applied for the grant funding on the city's behalf.
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