Craighead to Serve as Pilot County for New Wireless Network

MAY 5, 2004 - Posted at 4:03 p.m CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The state plans to install a digital communications network to allow all of Arkansas' emergency workers to talk with each other at will.

It will first test the multi-million dollars systems in three counties: Craighead, Miller and Lonoke.

Governor Mike Huckabee discussed the details of the Arkansas Wireless Information System earlier today.  Through the system, law enforcement officials, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency workers could instantly talk to one another.

The state will get a $28.8 million grant from the federal government, which is building the nation's security after the September 11 terrorist attacks.  The rest will be paid for by state revenue bonds.

The overall cost of the project is unkown.

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