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Blog // Connect Iowa

RECAP: Regional Interoperability Committee Workshop 1

By Sarah Synovec

Public Safety Officials from the Des Moines area gathered to discuss FirstNet case studies and hold Regional Interoperability Committee Elections On Aug. 18, the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB), in cooperation with Connect Iowa, held an all-day, interactive workshop designed to further the progress of the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) in Iowa. Connect Iowa completed training in all 99 Iowa counties, and the interactive workshops represent the second phase of FirstNet education efforts.  The primary purpose of the workshop was to create a regional interoperability committee (RIC). This...

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Broadband Inventory in Rural Iowa

By Eric Frederick

Connected Nation assesses counties, cities, and municipalities based on broadband access, adoption, and use in the area. This includes the broadband speeds available to businesses and residents, WiFi access areas, public computers, digital learning opportunities, and other assessment criteria based on goals set by the Federal Communications Commission. After completing the survey, some areas find that they do not have the scores needed to be Connected certified, though this detailed insight into broadband resources paves the way for future development. Jackson County, Iowa, took part in the survey and, though access metrics did not meet the...

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FirstNet Looks to Add Mobile Communications to Nationwide Network

By Sarah Synovec

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which refers both to the network and the independent governing body within the Commerce Department overseeing its development, are working on a nationwide public safety network. In 2015 public safety officials still deal with communications issues within departments and nationwide. FirstNet is working to bridge that gap, and one of the ways they are looking to do it is through mobile communications. A need for mobile communications arises as emergencies spread out over larger distances and more reinforcements are called in. These mobile communication units (MCU) are built into the cars...

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Iowa Regional Interoperability Committee Workshop

By Sarah Synovec

The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) will be conducting a series of meetings related to the deployment of FirstNet within Iowa. Additionally these regional meetings will establish the creation of Regional Interoperability Committees (RICs) within each of the six Iowa homeland security regions. The workshop will expand on the discussion that occurred at the first round of FirstNet meetings which took place in all 99 counties. Not only will the attendees receive an update on the progress of FirstNet at the federal and state levels, the workshop will also include a series of tabletop exercises that involves how...

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