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Blog // Connect Iowa

Gov. Branstad Signs Bill for Statewide Communications Network

By Amanda Murphy

Iowa’s Governor Terry Branstad signed into law Senate File 2326, which funds a statewide interoperable communications system. The bill passed the Iowa Senate and the Iowa House in late April. The bill was signed during a ceremony at the Dallas County Board of Supervisors in Adel, Iowa. SF 2326 allocates $4.38 million to the Iowa Department of Public Safety to build the remainder of the statewide communications network. Dallas County is the first Iowa county to connect to the new network. Read more about the bill signing and the statewide first responder network in this article by Emergency Management.   Connect Iowa, in partnership with...

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Ohio Firefighters Develop FirstNet Video Game

By Amanda Murphy

Later this week, OhioFirst.Net will be releasing a video game to give the public a virtual first-hand experience of how the nationwide public safety broadband network will enhance first responder communications and situational awareness. The game was developed by firefighters in Ohio and is named Next Generation FireFighter.  It includes navigating lifelike fire training scenarios with real-time mapping, thermal imaging, and blueprints to show how the public safety high-speed broadband and 3D positioning that will be available with the nationwide network can save time during rescue scenarios. Saving seconds means saving lives. The Next...

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Take Advantage of FirstNet’s 2016 Outreach and Consultations

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet officials are conducting outreach meetings with metropolitan first responder organizations throughout the U.S. These meetings are meant to give FirstNet insight into the various departments’ unique technical, operational, and purchasing needs for the upcoming nationwide broadband public safety network service adoption. Outreach efforts also include state Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) meetings, governance body meetings, and consultation task teams. This outreach is detailed in a video posted to firstnet.gov. View the video If you would like more information on FirstNet’s metropolitan outreach efforts, visit http://www.firstnet.gov...

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State Plans Discussed at FirstNet SPOC Meeting

By Amanda Murphy

In April, FirstNet held its semi-annual meeting for state Single Points of Contact (SPOCs). SPOCs are submitting public safety needs data to FirstNet for the planning process. In a follow up blog post about the meeting, FirstNet officials gave more detail about the State Plans process and explained SPOCs can continue submitting updated public safety data until September 30, 2016. State Plan drafts will be presented to each state and territory governor simultaneously through an online portal. This will start the review period of 90 days, a guideline stated in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The State Plan portal is...

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