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Blog // Connect Iowa

Distributing State Plans for FirstNet

By Connected Nation

On June 19, The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced its next step in providing broadband (high-speed internet) and voice network to first responders in America. By providing State Plans to individual states, FirstNet will learn which states are interested in its first responder program and which states are not. And, an added bonus is that the network buildout proposed in the State Plans will create thousands of new jobs nationwide across the states and territories. For the past four years, FirstNet worked with locals to determine the specific needs of first responders, so that they could better meet the needs of the...

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TECH WEEK:Why Better Mapping is Critical to Getting Broadband Access to More People

By Jessica Denson

Connected Nation Testifies on Capitol Hill For nearly two decades, Connected Nation has worked to bring internet access to families and businesses in both rural and urban settings, and, as a result, was recently asked to testify before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. That’s because the focus of the hearing was on “Defining and Mapping Broadband Coverage in America.” “We’ve got to have accurate maps,” Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) said during the June 21 hearing. “I have professors outside of Virginia Tech who don’t have service at all. I have huge sections geographically that the FCC thinks it’s serving but that...

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Developing State Plans for FirstNet

By Jessica Denson

When it comes to connecting communications among police, fire, and emergency personnel across the country, developing plans for each state and U.S. territory is key to ensuring its effectiveness. The First Responder Network Authority has begun work on those plans.  They’ll be integrated into the FirstNet Network which will become a single, nationwide, interoperable LTE network for public safety communications. Once complete, it will give first responders priority in emergency situations. FirstNet staff will meet with leaders in every state and territory to discuss how officials can deploy what’s been dubbed “The Radio Access Network” to...

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Sharing One Network Improves Communication and Outcomes

By Jessica Denson

It’s hard to believe but America’s first responders rely on more than 10,000 separate radio networks to communicate with each other during emergencies. There’s a glaring issue with this—those networks are often incompatible. First responders are not connected to one network, and it’s making it hard for emergency crews from different jurisdictions to work together. For police, fire, and EMS, that lack of clear communication can mean the difference between life and death for those they’re trying to help and even puts their own safety at risk. That’s where the FirstNet network comes in by changing how first responders work with one another....

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