TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM (Program); WIRELESS SERVICESGovernor's Recommendations
2022-23
Current Year Budget
2021-22
Difference
DollarsPositionsDollarsPositionsDollarsPositions
$46,994,16113.00$209,071,02011.00($162,076,859)2.00
 

 
Policy Area:  INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Issue:            DOMESTIC SECURITY - FLORIDA MUTUAL AID BUILD OUT (MAB) INSUFFICIENT FUNDING

Justification
Governor's Recommendations 2022-23
The Governor's Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022-23 includes $120,000 in nonrecurring General Revenue for the maintenance and operation of the Mutual Aid Build-Out (MAB). These funds are used for network connectivity, tower rent and maintenance. This system is comprised of radio equipment at 21 tower sites that facilitate communications between disparate radio systems. The systems are used by state and local public safety agencies including law enforcement, emergency medical services and fire when first responders travel outside of their home radio system service area to assist in times of disaster events and multi-jurisdictional incidents. The Florida mutual aid radio resources, known as the MAB system, was established in 2005 by the department in sections 282.709(1) and (4), Florida Statutes. Mutual aid resources are an important tool to provide communications on-ramps for public safety emergency responders from neighboring or distant jurisdictions (including other states) with disparate radio equipment. Without the MAB system, public safety responders from neighboring or distant jurisdictions (including other states) are not able to communicate using the radios they bring with them to the incident. This issue was requested in the department's Legislative Budget Request.