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Blog // Connect Iowa

Broadband Helps Local Farmers

By Chris McGovern

It’s June, and that means the start of summer. Around here, that equals the end of classes, evenings on the lake, and the return of the summer farmers market.  Even though the county’s open air market feels like it’s a thousand miles from technology, local farmers are still benefiting from the ability to use broadband to grow, advertise, and sell their wares. The entire agricultural sector benefits from the access and usage of broadband service. In May, a Hudson Institute report noted that rural broadband services supported over $100 billion in e-commerce and nearly 70,000 jobs in 2015.  While that figure includes e-commerce from a...

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The Internet of Lifesaving Things

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet President TJ Kennedy describes the upcoming nationwide public safety broadband network as revolutionary for emergency communications. In a recent interview with EMS World, Kennedy shares details as to how the network will empower EMS and will bring about the “Internet of Lifesaving Things.” “Imagine if paramedics could send a drone ahead of their arrival to an incident to gauge the severity and even determine if additional EMS resources will be necessary. As they arrive, they use connected tools to take the vitals of an injured individual and send the data to the nearest hospital in real time before and during EMS transport,” says...

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Broadband Saving Lives and Protecting Communities

By Amanda Murphy

Technology has changed our world—from education to healthcare, and even the way we work. Technology is also changing public safety operations. On their webpage A Day in the Life, FirstNet offers stories and interviews describing how broadband technology protects communities. On this page, public safety leaders on the island of Guam explain the vital importance of reliable and fast communications when seconds can mean saving a life and how current communication channels are often overloaded. A former Columbus, Ohio, police officer turned public safety app expert explains the need for real time location tracking and the ability to share...

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Proposal Deadline Closes, FirstNet Moves to Next Phase

By Amanda Murphy

On May 31, 2016, the deadline for companies to submit proposals for the deployment of FirstNet’s Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network closed. FirstNet officials are moving into the next phase of the RFP process and evaluating the proposals received. The RFP awardee is scheduled to be announced in November. FirstNet will continue outreach with public safety professionals and groups over the next few months and will be preparing the deliver of the State Plans for the upcoming network. FirstNet is also assisting public safety organizations through the spectrum relocations grant program. You can read FirstNet news on their blog page at...

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