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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet 101: An Explanation of the Public Safety Network

By Jessica Denson

Lives depend on first responders’ ability to communicate in disaster and emergency. That is why FirstNet was created—to develop a wireless, mobile network to modernize public safety communications and keep first responders connected when it counts the most.  Most citizens believe that all of our first responders’ can communicate important information with one another. But, oftentimes, the communications networks used by fire, police, and other emergency responders are not compatible within a district or across county lines. You can imagine the issues that could cause—from delayed response to inaccurate information about a patient’s...

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How FirstNet Will Open Doors for First Responders

By Jessica Denson

In late March, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the First Responder Network Authority will partner with AT&T to build the nationwide, modern, mobile broadband LTE network for first responders. The $46 billion price tag makes it a record-breaking, public-private partnership. Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford calls it a “watershed moment.” “I think FirstNet is going to open a whole lot of doors that we have not had an opportunity to walk through from a technological standpoint,” Ford said. “It’s going to give us an opportunity to be connected to people and circumstances we’ve would have never been and will...

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Ten Ways FirstNet Will Help Save Lives, Secure Communities

By Jessica Denson

Imagine if you or your family needed help and first responders didn’t have the necessary information about where you are or if you need firefighters, police, or emergency medical services personnel. Maybe you need all three? FirstNet seeks to close the gap on communications among public safety personnel by providing the first nationwide public safety broadband network. This network will give fire, police, and emergency workers in your community access to all the information needed to ensure they help your family in a time of need. Currently, many public safety networks operate independently, making it difficult to share information. FirstNet...

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Iowa’s Governor Honored with the Broadband Visionary Award

By Jessica Denson

Des Moines, IA (April 17, 2017) – Connected Nation (CN) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds honored Governor Terry Branstad on Monday, April 17, with the Connected Nation Broadband Visionary Award. Governor Branstad was presented the award in a small, afternoon ceremony at the state capitol in Des Moines.  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai also sent a letter congratulating the governor on the award, writing “as the Governor of a largely rural state, you have harnessed technology and telecommunications in a remarkable manner. Thank you for your dedication to empowering Iowans through connectivity.  Your forward-thinking...

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