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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet: Who Will Pay

By Sarah Synovec

Industry Day, held in Virginia on May 15, shed some light on the financial challenges that FirstNet is facing.  John Quinlan, FirstNet’s deputy chief financial officer for strategic planning said in a release, “We do think [financial sustainability is] achievable, because we have significant assets at our disposal. It’s a critical principle, because, one, it’s required by our own authorizing statute under federal laws, and more importantly, if we were to reach financial sustainability, we can provide assurance to our public-safety end users that we have a financial stable network that will be around for a long time.” Discover...

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FirstNet Holds Industry Day

By Sarah Synovec

The first “Industry Day” for FirstNet (the First Responder Network Authority) was held last week with more than 425 in attendance in person or via webcast. A press release from FirstNet reports the event was, held at FirstNet's headquarters and “was a key next step in FirstNet’s ongoing efforts to consult with interested parties on acquisition matters regarding the development of a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). The event was an interactive conversation that included an overview of the Special Notice and draft RFP documents by FirstNet officials, as well as questions and feedback from participants.” To hear from FirstNet...

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FirstNet: Why We Need It

By Sarah Synovec

An outage in Arizona demonstrates the dire need for a public service network like FirstNet. For about 15 hours no one could “access the Internet, call 911, use cellular devices, pay with credit cards or get cash from ATMs.” These may sound like an inconvenience to some, but to others who are experiencing a medical emergency or worse, it can mean life or death. An article from Urgent Communications goes on to say, “Imagine what could have happened if a significant emergency event had occurred during this outage period. With 911 service unavailable in some areas, just notifying authorities of the problem could have been a challenge. Meanwhile...

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ImOn Now Offers 1 Gigabit Internet to Homes

By Sarah Synovec

Connect Iowa was featured in The Gazette last week as a knowledge base for ImOn’s 1 gigabit Internet to the home announcement. Connect Iowa’s Community Technology Advisor, Dave Daack, provides insight on what this means for customers in the Marion and Hiawatha areas.The article includes a breakdown of pricing on the services available, along with details on what gigabit really means. Find out what Daack has to say in the full article: http://thegazette.com/subject/news/imon-now-offers-1-gigabit-internet-to-homes-20150429    

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