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Blog // Connect Iowa

DHS Looks to Leverage FirstNet

By Sarah Synovec

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sees the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as a national broadband network for emergencies and public safety to expand mission capabilities across DHS agencies. Wolf Tomb, chief technology officer at Customs and Broadband Protection, told FWC that FirstNet “could open up communications at the border." That is why DHS Deputy CIO Margie Graves said, "We're invested in FirstNet.” Connect Iowa is committed to FirstNet as well. We have partnered with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB) to bring FirstNet presentations to all 99 counties in Iowa and keep you...

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Eight Connected Communities Received Certification to Start New Year Off Strong

By Sarah Synovec

To start off 2015, eight communities in the state of Iowa have received the official designation of certified Connected community, a designation achieved after a community works with Connect Iowa on the Connected Community Engagement Program. This initiative assesses the local broadband landscape, identifies connectivity gaps, and establishes technology-driven goals and objectives to increase broadband access, adoption, and use for families, organizations, and businesses throughout the community. The events hosted the following special guests: Governor Terry Branstad; Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds; U.S. Senator Charles Grassley; Congressmen Rod...

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FirstNet: Smartphone Company Forms Public Safety Advisory Board

By Sarah Synovec

Sonim Technologies, one of only two Tier One smartphone OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) based in the United States has played a pivotal role in helping FirstNet get communication solutions to first-responders. As such, Sonim has formed a Public Safety Advisory Board to ensure that first responders have the best communications devices, applications, services and tools required to get their jobs done quickly and reliably.  "Ensuring that the FirstNet public safety broadband network launches is our collective priority. We're pleased to have Sonim support our efforts to make this critical network a reality," said Charles Dowd,...

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FirstNet on Wheels Update

By Sarah Synovec

The technology from Mutualink’s media-cohesion solution that was demonstrated will now be deployed in cooperation with FirstNet throughout the state of New Jersey this year to establish a first-responder LTE system comprised entirely of deployable equipment. In November 2014, we brought you a blog post sharing that FirstNet deployed an Enhanced System on Wheels (ESOW) at the 2014 Urban Shield preparedness exercise in Oakland, CA. In addition to the company’s work with deployable equipment, Mutualink’s solution is also part of the public-safety LTE network in Harris County, Texas, which utilizes fixed base stations, said Mike Wengrovitz...

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