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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet focuses on Iowa SPOC Thomas Lampe

By Sarah Synovec

Thomas Lampe, Iowa’s single pint of contact (SPOC), describes his time so far with FirstNet in an article from FirstNet.gov. Lampe’s career is in law enforcement and he is currently the Interoperability Officer for the Iowa Department of Public Safety and Chairman of the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB). Lampe has bridged a partnership between Connect Iowa and the ISICSB in order to help increase awareness of FirstNet in the state of Iowa. To do this, Lampe has set a goal that all 99 Iowa counties will be briefed on FirstNet during one of our FirstNet presentations. View the calendar of presentations to...

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FirstNet Makes Progress with Stakeholder Meetings

By Sarah Synovec

An article from FierceMobile Government explains how the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has been wisely using its $116 million in federal grants to prepare for formal consultations and awareness. FirstNet is the board tasked with overseeing the development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network. In Iowa, FirstNet is overseen by the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board that is in partnership with Connect Iowa to help with FirstNet awareness. According to the article: “The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's state and local implementation grant program, or SLIGP...

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Iowa Communications Network Launches Broadband Matters Campaign

By Sarah Synovec

The Iowa Communications Network (ICN) is launching an awareness initiative called “Broadband Matters” to showcase the importance of delivering broadband to all corners of the state. ICN’s mission with this initiative is to advocate for true high-speed broadband to provide Iowans “connections that matter.”  As part of this initiative, ICN has launched a new website at www.broadbandmatters.com. The Broadband Matters initiative will showcase the importance of broadband access for education, public safety, healthcare, and government, along with focusing on economic development and residential aspects. At broadbandmatters.com, you will find...

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Media Coverage Highlights FirstNet Outreach

By Sarah Synovec

On Jan. 13, Connect Iowa delivered a FirstNet presentation in Linn County. Both KCRG ABC 9 and KGAN CBS 2 were in attendance to catch some great interviews and share information on FirstNet with their viewers in Linn County. Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communication System Board (ISICSB), brings FirstNet presentations to all 99 counties in Iowa to raise awareness of the nation’s first emergency network. There are more presentations to attend in 2015 and we invite you to check out the calendar for a location near you!   KCRG (ABC)     KGAN (CBS)    

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