The Progress reports today that the local Emergency Communications Center will be switching to a $13M digital communications system that will permit Charlottesville and Albemarle fire, EMS, and police radio networks to all be tied together. Currently, they can’t communicate with one another. The downside? Joe Citizen can’t listen in with scanners, which is something done by a lot of folks in the area. According to the Progress, the FCC requires that the frequencies be available to the public, a standard that seems contrary to these plans.