American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

What is ARPA?

In March 2021, the Federal government passed a new $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, called the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to assist local and state governments improve their capabilities, infrastructure, and services to better respond and manage the COVID19 pandemic. ARPA allocates $350B to help states, counties, cities, and tribal governments, who can allocate ARPA funds to a wide range of projects, including Public Safety network upgrades.

Please refer to the U.S. Department of the Treasury website for the latest details on economic relief details.

Eligible Use of ARPA Funds

The Act defines several authorized uses for these funds. Subtitle M, SEC. 9901., (c), (1) USE OF FUNDS, (D) identifies items specific to public safety related use cases.

ARPA funding can be used for investments in broadband infrastructure with modern technologies
Investments in broadband infrastructure with modern technologies.
ARPA funding can be used for capital investments in public facilities to meet pandemic operational needs.
Capital investments in public facilities to meet pandemic operational needs.
ARPA funding can be used for rebuilding public sector capacity … technology infrastructure.
Rebuilding public sector capacity … technology infrastructure.

The intent of the bill is to help recover, strengthen and prepare government agencies.

ARPA: When and How

Treasury is accepting requests for Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

ARPA opened March 2021
ARPA funding is “open” now.
ARPA fundFunds must be incurred 
and obligated by December 31, 2024
Funds must be incurred and obligated by December 31, 2024.
ARPA funds Funds must be expended, and all work completed by December 31, 2026.
Funds must be expended, and all work completed by December 31, 2026.

All eligible entities must submit their information to the Treasury Submission Portal.

ARPA for Next Generation Public Safety Networks

In addition to reinforcing and upgrading networks to support growing demands of Public Safety traffic, ARPA allows agencies to upgrade their networks to better support a growing range of new broadband applications.

  • Mobile access to digital records and databases. With in-vehicle routers that provide mobile data connectivity, officers can access various information databases and type reports from the field rather than return to a desk at the station. Device sensors can also automate some reporting, such as using GPS data for location and automatically time-stamping reports.
  • Video. More cities have deployed video in public areas to pull live video on-demand when there’s a particular incident. Others are streaming video constantly that is archived at a central repository. Some use analytics to help operators focus on specific areas.
  • Drones. Streaming video, data from hazardous material detectors, assessments of the ground below, and more can be pulled back via wireless broadband connections and combined with GIS data for visuals that are impossible to rapidly obtain any other way. Drones are increasingly used for Public Safety assistance including search and rescue; to provide overhead views of large events; and for reconnaissance during and after large natural disasters.
  • Digital evidence collection. Police are increasingly using tablets and smartphones to digitally collect evidence, record interviews on-scene, and take and send still photographs and video. Fire inspectors and investigators can snap photos and take video as part of their work.

Public Safety Networks

Three key elements

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1. Reliability

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2. Capacity

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3. Scalability

Today’s networks: Many are obsolete, performance may be degrading, or are unable to support increased usage.

Then came the pandemic: Increased network vulnerability and critical need for upgrades, refreshes, and expansions.

We live in a period of uncertainty and crises.

Our Public Safety networks must be ready for whatever the future holds and cannot fail or compromise on performance.
Our Public Safety networks must be ready for whatever the future holds and cannot fail or compromise on performance.
ARPA represents a pivotal opportunity for Public Safety entities to rebuild, grow and strengthen their networks.
ARPA represents a pivotal opportunity for Public Safety entities to rebuild, grow and strengthen their networks.
Aviat will assist public safety agencies with the modernization of their 5G backhaul
More learnings are necessary, but Aviat will support customers with education, resources, and solutions.

How Aviat can help:

Public Safety networks support mission critical traffic that requires three key elements: reliability, capacity, and scalability. These networks need to support existing Public Safety users, scale to support next generation applications and be available when emergencies occur. These are requirements are addressed with a robust wireless backhaul network. Aviat’s legacy in the industry along with industry leading solutions offer Public Safety customers:

  • Innovative Product Portfolio: Superior wireless transport systems that enable the highest capacity, network reliability, and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).
  • Unmatched Public Safety Experience: US-based leader in designing and supporting mission critical, Public Safety backbone networks AND broadband solutions to support wireless internet networks. Industry leader in State and Public Safety network deployments.
  • Local Support: Customer Services teams in Texas and support teams across the country to provide engineering, installation, support, and services.
  • Dedicated Customer Focus: Solutions to address key customer needs.

We focus on key elements to delivery value

Superior products that enable the highest capacities, network reliability and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).

Unmatched public safety experience: US-based leader in designing and supporting mission critical, Public Safety backbone networks AND Industry leader in State and Public Safety network deployments.

Truly local support, with executive, manufacturing, and customer service teams in Texas, and sales/support teams across the country to provide engineering, installation, support, and services.

Aviat ARPA Webinar Series

Join Ronil Prasad in our ARPA dedicated webinar series.

Aviat ARPA webinar: The Facts About ARPA
Session #1
June 17, 2021

The Facts About ARPA

A Unique Opportunity for Public Safety

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Aviat ARPA webinar: ARPA for Network Modernization
Session #2
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ARPA for Network Modernization

How Aviat Can Stretch ARPA Funds
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Aviat ARPA webinar: ARPA for Next Generation Public Safety Apps
Session #3
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ARPA for Next Generation Public Safety Apps

What Aviat Brings
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Links to useful ARPA information

Aviat ARPA useful link: US Treasury

Congress.Gov

ARPA Bill (URL)

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