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Blog // Connect Iowa

Draft RFP Brings in Many Encouraging Questions

By Sarah Synovec

The draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for FirstNet brought in over 660 questions that were addressed in 217 pages of responses. FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson said the number of questions submitted in the proceeding encouraged her. Questions mean people are interested and the more questions, the more interest. Check out this article that explains a few of the clarifications addressed in the 217 pages of response. Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board, is working to spread awareness of FirstNet throughout Iowa.

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FirstNet Addresses Vertical Location

By Sarah Synovec

Acting Chief Technology Officer of FirstNet (the First Responder Network Authority), Jeff Bratcher, explains vertical location and how FirstNet is addressing this issue.  The "z-vector" or “z-axis” or “3-D Geolocation,” as it is referred to, is the idea of locating someone above ground (e.g., on the 18th floor of an office building) or below ground (e.g., in the subway). This information is vital to emergency response teams working in a disaster. Bratcher shares a list of solutions FirstNet is working on at its technical headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Check out his blog post HERE. Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide...

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Iowa Whitepaper

By Phillip Brown

As part of its work with communities across Iowa in the Connected Community Engagement Program, Connect Iowa is often asked about policies and laws at a state or local level that could be implemented, eliminated, modified, or improved in order to encourage broadband network access, broadband adoption, or broadband use. It’s important for state and local governments to actively explore how state and local regulations impact broadband. While many broadband policy discussions occur at a federal level within Congress or agencies like the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA...

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FirstNet Cohesion with NextGen 911

By Sarah Synovec

Trey Forgety, National Emergency Number Association’s (NENA) director of government affairs and NENA’s representative on FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee, shares some of his doubts, but also some positive progress he is seeing in the First Response Network Authority (FirstNet). In an article from Urgent Communications, Forgety explains how FirstNet and next-gen 911 systems should interoperate as seamlessly as possible to provide the most benefit to first responders. Not only is this a plus for first responders, but using the consistent means on both FirstNet and next-gen 911 would save money, because there would be no need to...

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