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CharMeck Connect Wireless Broadband Grant Project


Total Federal Funding:  $4.7 billion
Estimated N.C. Funding: $237,949,996
Estimated Local Funding: $16,702,490
Administering Agency: Shared Services
City of Charlotte
Overview: The City of Charlotte’s CharMeck Connect project proposes to deploy an interoperable 700 MHz public safety wireless broadband network for the city as well as the greater Mecklenburg County area. The city proposes to provide high speed access to all public safety agencies across multiple jurisdictions. The project plans to construct 24 new wireless towers to complement six existing towers on the network, and bring over 11,000 public safety users onto the system.
Eligibility: The project will be executed in cooperation with a commercial business partner, who will deploy LTE technology, provide system operation, maintenance support, provisioning, billing, and customer support. In addition, the project will address the sharing of networks, roaming, public safety priority of service, and provide a low cost tier.
Local Funding Availability: None
Contact Information: Charles L. Robinson, Shared Services
704-432-3539
Amounts Obligated:  --
Job Creation/Retention: It is expected that the construction component of the CharMeck Connect project will create 10 jobs immediately, but the ongoing impact will be the jobs created by the services provider for the continued operations of the project.  Specific jobs involved in the ongoing operations will include customer service reps, provisioning technicians, and system support technologists for a total of 14 newly created, long-term jobs.
Project Completion Status: Grant awarded August 2010 for a 3 year period ending July 2013
Tentative Public Hearing Dates: A public hearing is not required for this project.
Links for More Information: Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/