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Blog // Connect Iowa

NTIA Releases FirstNet Opt Out Guidelines For States

By Amanda Murphy

This week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a version of guidelines for a state to use if it chooses to opt out of FirstNet’s nationwide LTE broadband public safety communications network. While FirstNet is leading the efforts to create the national network for public safety officials, individual states have the option to decline and to construct, operate, and maintain a state-owned radio communication network that works with FirstNet’s system once deployed. NTIA’s recent notice and request for comment presents a process for how a state would request and receive approval for their own network...

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InterConNEXT 2016

By Amanda Murphy

Iowa Communications Network (ICN) is hosting InterConNEXT 2016, which will take place on August 2, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Ankeny, Iowa. The event is an opportunity to connect industry partners and ICN to create a visceral learning experience to explain the importance of ICN and the role it plays in advancing innovations in education, public safety, healthcare, and government services. Attendees will also experience the new fast and flexible ICN service offerings. Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: FFA Enrichment Center
 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
 Ankeny, Iowa 50023 Who Should Attend: •...

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FirstNet’s Band Class 14 Tested in Emergency Scenarios

By Amanda Murphy

Public safety professionals in Beavercreek Township, Ohio, recently conducted simulated emergency drills to test FirstNet’s new Band Class 14 network. The testing was part of a week-long training exercise and made possible by collaboration between Greene County and state of Ohio officials.  Ten Band Class 14-ready XP7 smartphones were provided by Sonim Technologies, which offers a smartphone enabled with broadband on both the FirstNet Band Class 14-spectrum and on commercial mobile networks. Five emergency scenarios were acted out, including a hazmat spill, a missing person, and a missing police officer. The drills took place under...

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FirstNet Establishes Chief Customer Office to Prepare for Public-Private Partnership, Network Deployment

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board met in Chicago recently to discuss taking action toward positioning the organization for a successful deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network. The Network requires a large-scale public-private partnership to be successful. The private partner will be determined soon, when the contract has been officially awarded. “We have a clear focus to ensure the partnership is successful starting day one,” said FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson in a recent press release.  “Our goal is to hit the ground running with our partner to deliver the best solution to public...

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