Radio Changeover Goes Smoothly

State Faces Next Bandwidth Change

Posted: January 7, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Fears about a change in radio bands for county and city agencies turned out to be similar to those related to the millennium and computer problems — fear, but few problems.

At A Glance

The Arkansas Wireless Information Network

The Federal Communications Commission is requiring the network to reduce the radio bandwidth the network is using.

The network provides a reliable, statewide means of communication for the state’s first responders. The system consists of more than 100 tower sites scattered throughout the state. There are more than 20,000 radios authorized for use on the system. Every county in the state has access to the system through their county emergency managers, but most counties have several other authorized users such as the county sheriff or local police departments.

Source: The Arkansas Wireless Information Network Website

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