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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet: Addressing Hurdles

By Sarah Synovec

In an article written by Joe Boucher, Chief Technology Officer at Mutualink, Boucher address three hurdles for FirstNet to overcome in order to make an effective public safety broadband network. He then provides several tactical approaches to solving these problems. View Boucher’s thoughts in this Urgent Communications article. Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board brings presentations on FirstNet to every county in Iowa. Find your closest presentation on this calendar. 

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Connected Community Designation Assists Main Street Development

By CIA Staff

Broadband connectivity is a key decisive factor for more and more businesses.  From online marketing to online financial management tools and much more, companies of all sizes are harnessing the Internet to make business faster, easier, and more efficient.  Community initiatives focusing on economic development are working hand-in-hand with broadband development programs to help expand business through broadband and give everyone access to the opportunities broadband brings.  Manning, IA began working with Connect Iowa to coincide with their work as a Main Street community. The National Main Street Center is a national...

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Urbandale Supports Economic Development Through Broadband

By CIA Staff

Recognizing opportunities to bring in new business, attract new residents, and strengthen the city as a whole, Urbandale, Iowa approved its economic development plan over a year ago in March of 2014.  Since then, Urbandale has rebranded, renovated, and refurbished its community in a variety of ways and continues to make positive strides, making Urbandale more inviting, accessible, and adaptable to future developments.  One aspect of the economic development strategy included strengthening of the telecommunications network in Urbandale.  Learning of their success in other communities in the state, Urbandale partnered with...

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FirstNet: This is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

By Sarah Synovec

Since 1994, the second full week of April has been considered National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  This week is dedicated to the men and women who answer the phones and help you at your most helpless time, when you call 911. During this week please take a moment to share your thanks with local public safety telecommunicators by participating in local celebrations or sending thank you notes to your local communications center. The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International has established an NPSTW blog where agencies can share celebration ideas, along with photos of this year’s...

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