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Mobile emergency radios, such as the one Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer is using, must be in compliance with a federal narrowband mandate by 2013. It could cost millions of dollars. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Radio conversion will improve communication

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A mind-bogglingly complex and expensive statewide radio conversion, formulated from the ashes of the World Trade Center bombings, was unveiled to Hubbard County Wednesday.


By 2013, the county's emergency radios will be obsolete and must be replaced under a Federal Communications Commission mandate.

The FCC wants all states to convert to a narrowband infrastructure, one of the recommendations of the 911 Commission formed after the terrorist attacks.

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