1The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005 § 3006, 47 U.S.C. § 309 note (2008), Pub. L. No. 109-171, 120 Stat. 25. The PSIC grant program requirements were subsequently amended by the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 § 2201, 47 U.S.C. § 309 note (2008), Pub. L. No. 110-53, 121 Stat. 276.
2For additional information regarding the PSIC Grant Program,see, Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program, Improving Interoperable Communications Nationwide: Overview of Initial State and Territory Investments,available at, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/psic/ PSIC%20Investment%20Data%20Analysis%20 (report%20only).pdf.
On September 30, 2007, the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program awarded 968,385,000 to fund interoperable communications projects from the 56 States and Territories.3
These awards represent the largest single infusion of Federal funding ever provided for State, Territory, and local agencies to implement communications solutions.
3Section 4 of the Call Home Act of 2006, 47 U.S.C. § 309 note (2008), Pub. L. No. 109-459, 120 Stat. 3399, mandated that all PSIC funds be awarded by September 30, 2007.
NTIA prepared the final PEA and draft FONSI in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing NEPA.4
The public is invited to submit comments on both documents. See the ADDRESSES for instructions on submitting comments. The final PEA and draft FONSI may be reviewed at http://www.regulations.gov or on NTIA's website as noted above. In addition, copies may be obtained by writing to Ms. Laura Pettus as provided above.
4National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. § 4321 (2008); Council on Environmental Quality for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of NEPA, 40 C.F.R. parts 1500-1508 (2008).
Dated: February 13, 2009.
Kathy D. Smith,
Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration.