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Blog // Connect Iowa

Public Safety Network Tested During Super Bowl 50

By Amanda Murphy

During Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 event, Parallel Wireless and its partners, along with a Special Temporary Authorization (STA) from the FCC and support from FirstNet, set up an LTE public safety network. Parallel Wireless mounted radios on the north and south scoreboards in Levi’s Stadium to provide law enforcement their own frequencies for wireless communication. Steve Kropper, Vice President of Parallel Wireless, shared this statement: "This is exactly why we do these exercises since the NFL and many others are not aware that FirstNet has been allocated 20 MHz of dedicated spectrum in the 700 MHz band.” Parallel Wireless worked with the FBI...

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House Holds Hearing for FirstNet Updates

By Amanda Murphy

The U.S. House of Representatives Communications and Technology Subcommittee held a hearing on February 2 to discuss the progress of FirstNet. The hearing was an opportunity to review and better understand the recent release of FirstNet’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for the nation’s first public safety broadband network. The hearing was also an opportunity to discuss concerns expressed by RFP candidate organizations as well as information from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to assist in clarifying the state “opt out” provision to allow states to make an informed decision on accepting FirstNet’s plan. In the hearing’s opening...

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Upcoming Wireless Communications Industry Conference to Highlight FirstNet

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet will be a key focus for the upcoming International Wireless and Communications Expo (IWCE) in March. The first large industry event to follow the recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for a nationwide public safety broadband network, the conference will offer various information sessions on FirstNet—its history, next phases, and case studies. In a press release distributed by IWCE coordinators, sessions about FirstNet will include the following: FirstNet RFP and Operational Architecture Review   Evolution of FirstNet   Taking Advantage of the Opportunities Offered by FirstNet FirstNet at Four Years   The Economics of...

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FirstNet Issues RFP for Nationwide LTE Network for Public Safety

By Amanda Murphy

On January 13, FirstNet released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for a nationwide public safety broadband network.  In a press release issued by FirstNet, Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth says, "We  have developed this RFP  in an open  forum to  create  a ‘first of its kind’ public-private partnership for the network.  As we move into the next phase of the process, we  look forward to receiving  competitive offerings  to deliver the best possible network for public safety." The RFP seeks a comprehensive LTE network to cover 56 states and territories and to provide national interoperability...

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