On November 10th we reported that Cumberland County was awaiting two contracts/agreements that were the cause of the delay for the P7200 release. The first agreement arrived late last week, signed by Sprint/Nextel and this afternoon Cumberland County Commissioners will sign this agreement. The second and final agreement, which is dependent on the first, will be soon to follow. Once this final agreement is signed, the exchange process can begin. Check back for information on the signing of the final agreement!
The offical press release can be found below.
November 16, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Ted Wise, Director, Cumberland County Department of Public Safety
Cumberland County One Step Closer To Release of New Radios for First Responders
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania- November 16, 2009 – Cumberland County Commissioners signed a key agreement today. This agreement between the County and Sprint/Nextel addresses the financial responsibilities associated with the release of approximately 1,500 portable radios to be used primarily by first responders—fire, EMS and police. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) determined that Sprint/Nextel holds the financial responsibility for this reconfiguration, including the exchange of portable radios and radio training.
These new P7200 series portable radios became necessary when the FCC began a nationwide Band Reconfiguration for operators in the 800 MHz band. Phase 1 of this Band Reconfiguration reassigns frequencies for those using the 800MHz band, which includes Cumberland County and Sprint/Nextel.
For more information on this process, visit http://www.ccpa.net/ or the DPS 800 MHz Radio Blog http://www.dps800.blogspot.com/.