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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet on Wheels

By Sarah Synovec

In early November, FirstNet deployed an Enhanced System on Wheels (ESOW) at the 2014 Urban Shield preparedness exercise in Oakland, CA. “The exercise was designed to give public safety officials in northern California the opportunity to prepare for a coordinated, multi-agency, emergency response using advanced collaboration across LTE Band 14,” according to Government Security News. "The ESOW enables all parties to share real-time video, images, and voice communications using mobile phones and tablets on the scene. An ESOW provides secure local, multimedia multiparty collaboration capability between user equipment and legacy devices, such as...

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FirstNet and 911: Why it Matters to You

By Sarah Synovec

Whether across the country or in your hometown, disasters happen. That is why FirstNet matters. When multiple responders like firefighters, law enforcement officials, and EMTs come together, they need a high-speed, interoperable broadband network that will deliver innovation and seamless communications between them. On the roadmap for FirstNet, 2014-2016 is meant for awareness. Every week, Connect Iowa, in partnership with ISICSB, will hold presentations in different counties throughout Iowa. In these presentations, participants learn how they can help FirstNet. See the calendar of locations where we will be presenting. We formally invite...

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Lt. Governor Reynolds Recognizes Hometown of Osceola as Iowa’s Seventh Certified Connected Community

By Sarah Synovec

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and city of Osceola and Connect Iowa officials recognized the city of Osceola as the seventh community to become a Certified Connected Community in the state and the 30th in the nation. More than 40 representatives of the business community as well as the education community and nonprofit organizations attended the celebration event at the Lyric Theater at the Square, where results of an assessment and details of the city's new technology action plan were released. “Governor Branstad and I are passionate about increasing access, adoption and the use of broadband technology in Iowa, so I am especially proud to...

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FirstNet Brings Numbers to Life in Eye Opening Infographic

By Sarah Synovec

Starting with its vision, FirstNet elaborates on the law, funding, and how it is being governed in this easy to follow infographic. Illustrating how it plans to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety, FirstNet covers these important issues: ●      Who Will Use FirstNet  ●      The Coverage Challenge ●      The FirstNet Network ●      The Road to FirstNet ●      and How Much Will It Cost With the challenge of providing service in all...

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