A joint powers authority will receive bids in January for the initial phase of a pioneering communications system that would, for the first time, allow Los Angeles County's 34,000 first responders and 17,000 second responders to talk with each other.
To date, the federal government has committed $240 million. The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) Joint Powers Authority has also considered a bond or tax initiative, or a lease-to-own arrangement with whoever wins the contract to create the system.
They hope to begin construction in June 2014.
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