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Blog // Connect Iowa

The Clock is Ticking: Governors Have Just Two Weeks Left to Accept FirstNet’s State Plans

By Jessica Denson

Three months. That’s how long governors were given to decide whether to opt-in or opt-out of the First Responder Network Authority’s plans for all U.S. states and territories. The plans detail how states and territories would become part of FirstNet—a new broadband network that will prioritize and streamline first responders’ communications during emergency response. FirstNet was developed after the 9/11 Commission called for the establishment of a dedicated network for fire, police, and EMS personnel to more quickly and more easily access. The state plans were sent to leaders in late October and the deadline to opt-in or opt-out was set for...

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First Responder Network: “The Time is Now,” says Virginia Fire Chief

By Connected Nation

The following blog was first published on   firstnet.gov  on December 7, 2017.  It's authored by Mike Worrerll, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Adivsor  Excitement for the FirstNet Network continues to grow across the country with more than 35 states having joined the network already In July,   Virginia became the first state or territory  to “opt in” and participate in the deployment of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public safety broadband network. This dedicated, interoperable, data communications network will enhance emergency response operations throughout the...

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Why Vermont Opted-In for FirstNet’s State Plan

By Connected Nation

On November 29 Vermont decided to opt-in to the FirstNet Network. Public safety communication efficiency will increase, which will provide greater community protection and a quicker response to an emergency. This highly secure wireless system is only used by first responders and emergency departments, so large pieces of data can be sent and received without slowing down the wireless signal. “It is important that Vermont’s first responders have the best service and access to an interoperable network that is expected to advance and adapt with new technology through the next 25 years,” said Governor Phil Scott in the press release. “Vermont...

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FirstNet for Large-Scale Events

By Connected Nation

In Charlotte, NC more than 77,000 Carolina Panther fans compete with first responder and public safety personnel during games. Networks become overloaded with users when fans use the wireless connection to post pictures during the game and log into social networks. North Carolina recently joined the FirstNet and AT&T network, which allows for a strong and secure signal for emergency officials to carry out their duties during large events like the Carolina Panther games. “A FirstNet option is a very viable option for us,” says Michael Tobin, Emergency Management Coordinator for the Charlotte Fire Department when discussing the benefits of...

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