Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Senate seeks to increase local government participation in latest iteration of statewide radio network

Sen. Bob Mensch’s (R-Montgomery) Senate Resolution 237, which would encourage county and local government and emergency services agencies to work with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Office of Public Safety Radio to create interoperability for the latest iteration of the Statewide Radio Network (STARnet), recently was approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

 

It is the latest move in an effort to solve the decades-long process of creating a statewide public safety radio network.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
A Detailed History of the Statewide Radio System

A Detailed History of the Statewide Radio System

In 1996, Gov. Tom Ridge signed Act 148 authorizing funding of $179 million for the creation of the statewide radio system known as PA-STARNet, with the goal of designing a radio system through which each state agency would be able to communicate.

 

It is now two decades later and the system, considered unreliable by its users, has cost the Commonwealth an estimated $810 million and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are asking for more time and more money to finally create a system that will live up to its expectations.

With the safety of the Commonwealth’s first responders at risk as well as that of Pennsylvania citizens, The PLS Reporter has traced the history of this issue to determine what has gone wrong and why the system has continuously been plagued with problems. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: Nicole Trayer
Categories: Features
Senate Resolution urges Wolf administration to finally solve statewide radio network issues

Senate Resolution urges Wolf administration to finally solve statewide radio network issues

After decades of waiting and millions of dollars spent to try to bring it online, the Senate is moving along a resolution that calls on the Wolf administration to once-and-for-always solve issues relating to the statewide radio network (STARNET).

Monday, May 16, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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