The Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act marked an unparalleled push toward next-generation technologies for public safety by allocating $300 million to establish an R&D program for the development and build-out of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), a dedicated, interoperable network for emergency responders. NIST's Public Safety Communications Research Division delivered public-private partnerships that drove research and development of critical, life-saving communications capabilities for first responders.
A report outlining the $509.8M economic impact of the NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division was released in 2021. With funding from the Tax Relief Act ending in 2022, NIST continues to explore funding opportunities for these life-saving programs.
Sustained funding for PSCR ensures continued: