A federal agency agreed Thursday to grant the use of several unused radio frequencies to South Bay cities--a year after a law mandated it.
“At last, South Bay’s law enforcement and emergency response agencies will be able to communicate across geographic boundaries using common frequencies,” said Rep. Jane Harman (D-Torrance).
“This will dramatically improve response time in meeting the needs of local residents,” said Harman, who helped pass a provision in last year’s Balanced Budget Act requiring the Federal Communications Commission to release the frequencies.
Despite the law, the FCC mistakenly gave the frequencies to a paging company. In Thursday’s decision, the FCC reversed its decision and granted the use of the frequencies to a consortium of law enforcement agencies in Gardena, Hawthorne, El Segundo and Manhattan Beach.