A Detailed History of the Statewide Radio System

A Detailed History of the Statewide Radio System

In 1996, Gov. Tom Ridge signed Act 148 authorizing funding of $179 million for the creation of the statewide radio system known as PA-STARNet, with the goal of designing a radio system through which each state agency would be able to communicate.

 

It is now two decades later and the system, considered unreliable by its users, has cost the Commonwealth an estimated $810 million and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are asking for more time and more money to finally create a system that will live up to its expectations.

With the safety of the Commonwealth’s first responders at risk as well as that of Pennsylvania citizens, The PLS Reporter has traced the history of this issue to determine what has gone wrong and why the system has continuously been plagued with problems. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: Nicole Trayer
Categories: Features
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