Quick Facts

1. 241 total sites planned for statewide coverage.

  • 229 sites constructed and on-the-air
  • 4 sites are under construction 
  • Funding for remaining site construction is ongoing

2. VIPER is 95% complete (number of sites) with 229 sites on the air.

3. 133,111 total users (consoles not included) are currently on the network as of April 1, 2020.

4. South Carolina has the same type Interoperable System; N.C./S.C. can talk to each other using the same type user device.

Critical Issues

  1. Lack of exemption for State owned property has now become a significant challenge to construction since local government are now able to veto the State’s use of its own land.
  2. In moving forward with construction of new tower sites, the challenge will be to get fully executed leases prior to site construction.
  3. VIPER Infrastructure Implementation costs
    • $2,837,764 funded for FY2019-2020 for construction; normally $7M.
  4. VIPER Operation and Maintenance Costs
    • Current funding is $7M Recurring