Motorola seeks $50.6M for LTE public-safety network

Motorola along with public-safety agencies and broadband providers in the San Francisco Bay area are seeking $50.6 million in the second round of broadband stimulus funding to build an LTE network that would expand broadband services for first responders and serve residential and business customers.

NTIA reported last week that it received almost $11 billion in applications for its $2.6 billion allocated for broadband projects. The project is described as a public-private partnership that will deploy a "comprehensive middle-mile network that will expand broadband service for emergency responders utilizing LTE technology and offer wireless broadband service to community anchor institutions and residential and business end users."

Another LTE-related project, according to the NTIA database picked through by Light Reading Mobile, is proposing an LTE network for use in schools, hospitals and public housing in Brooklyn, N.Y. Icnetworks is behind the application.

When it comes to WiMAX technology, Towerstream is asking for almost $20 million in two bids for the second round. It wants to service under-served areas in Boston and Detroit. Some eight applications specifically mention WiMAX, including a proposal for nearly $25 million from the city of Houston to expand its fiber optic, WiMAX and 700 MHz public-safety networks. It appears DigitalBridge Communications is sitting out of this round.

 The NTIA is aiming to begin second-round awards this summer.

For more:
- see this Light Reading Mobile article

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