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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet Urged to Make Key Decisions

By Sarah Synovec

The following is an excerpt from an interesting article urging the FirstNet board to make some tough decisions:    “Now, after getting considerable input and remaining as neutral as possible on all fronts during the past couple of years, it is time for the FirstNet board to begin making decisions about the system design, business model, procurement process, and other key strategic components. Such actions may expose FirstNet to criticisms — it is the nature of making choices on significant projects — but they are necessary to make this much-needed communications system a reality.”  Read the full Urgent Communications...

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FirstNet: Internet for Public Safety

By Sarah Synovec

An article from FedTech illustrates how the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will serve as a response to events like the Boston Marathon bombing. See the full article from Fed Tech. Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board, invites you to a FirstNet presentation near you. The calendar is available on the ISICSB website. 

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FirstNet Holds Special Meeting

By Sarah Synovec

From FirstNet.gov: The Board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will hold a Special Meeting via telephone conference on Monday, March 9, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Follow this link to learn how to join this free call.   In an article from Urgent Communications that addresses more about the Special Meeting also includes that “FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson is slated to testify next Wednesday as part of the Senate Commerce Committee’s first oversight hearing about the three-year-old organization.” Learn more about Swenson testifying in Congress.  

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FirstNet Shows Promise for Needed Change to EMS

By Sarah Synovec

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will let emergency personnel communicate in ways that have previously been inefficient and insufficient. With FirstNet, emergency medical service (EMS) personnel will be able to access and deliver information quickly to save more lives than current connectivity allows. FirstNet stands to provide the largest support to EMS says FirstNet board member and EMS practitioner Kevin McGinnis. Although ambulances have advanced to greater on-seen medical service and transport, the communications have largely stayed the same since the early 1970s. FirstNet provides that opportunity EMS workers need to...

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