(AP) -- About 40 local emergency management agencies in Illinois are receiving federal funds to help
them switch to narrowband radio equipment.
The grants totaling more than $400,000 were
announced Tuesday by the Illinois Terrorism Task Force. The federal homeland
security grants will help local agencies comply with Federal Communications
Agencies must convert to narrowband
equipment by the end of the year.
The move is meant to ease congestion and
result in increased channel availability for public safety systems. If public
safety agencies do not make the move to narrowband channels they may face a
loss of communications capabilities. FCC rules will not protect wideband
systems from harmful interference.