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Blog // Connect Iowa

Connect Iowa Joins FirstNet in Bringing a Needed Network to Public Safety

By Sarah Synovec

Connect Iowa is happy to announce we have joined forces with First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, to help spread their important cause! We will be sharing with you what FirstNet is up to, and how you can get involved. “Signed into law on February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications” (http://www....

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Southeast Valley Community Enlists in Connect Iowa’s Connected Program

By Sarah Synovec

Southeast Valley Community held a kickoff meeting to join Connect Iowa’s Connected Community Engagement Program. The meeting was held in Gowrie, IA with participants representing the school district, providers, library, and economic development. These leaders seek to boost the local economy, increase educational opportunities and quality of life for residents through increased access, adoption, and use of broadband. The Southeast Valley Community includes the following Iowa communities: Gowrie, Lanyon, Moorland, Somers, Farnhamville, Callendar, Lehigh, Dayton, and Harcourt. With regard to the kickoff meeting, Marcie Boerner of Webster-...

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Fairfield Celebrates Becoming Sixth Certified Connected Community

By Sarah Synovec

The city of Fairfield has been working since May with Connect Iowa on the Connected Community Engagement Program. This initiative assesses the local broadband landscape, identifies gaps, and establishes goals and objectives to increase broadband access, adoption, and use for families, organizations, and businesses throughout the community. The city of Fairfield was able to meet the benchmark requirements necessary to achieve the Certified Connected Community status. Fairfield is the sixth community to become a Certified Connected Community in the state and 25th in the nation. More than 40 residents and community leaders attended the...

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Bremer County Holds Kick Off Meeting and Announces Beginning of Connected Program

By Sarah Synovec

Bremer County held its Connected Community Engagement Program Kick Off meeting on August 25 at the Welcome Center in Tripoli, Iowa. Representatives from the county, local cities, business, a local provider and a local utility company joined the meeting to support these efforts. Kip Ladage, Bremer County community champion, said, “Bremer County is excited to be taking part in the Connect Iowa assessment process. We want to be leaders in broadband technology not just part of the pack when it comes to economic development and quality of life for citizens.” Bremer County will begin the assessment process immediately and hope to have the process...

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