Alabama communications plan gets approval

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley announced today that the state has received federal approval of its advanced communications plan for first responders and a $13.5 million homeland security grant to help implement the plan.

The State Interoperable Communications Plan allows for technological advancement in communications for first responders across the state.

Grant funds will be used to establish a statewide communications system, enhance the wide area interoperability system, expand the state's technology reserve and complete a communications layer for Virtual Alabama.