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Blog // Connect Iowa

AppFest 2016

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is a co-sponsor of the upcoming 2016 AppFest being held in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. According to FirstNet’s Facebook page, the event will highlight data-rich apps tailored to the specific needs of first responders.   AppFest is designed to help first responder mobile app users, emergency management personnel, software developers, and others learn more about public safety mobile applications. Attendees are encouraged to participate in voicing challenges faced, needs from software development, and more. Find out more about 2016 AppFest at http://events.r20....

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Going Social on Small Business Saturday

By Eric Frederick

Since 2010, local businesses have urged customers to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the event continues to grow, thanks in large part to an active annual social media campaign. American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010 with a viral multi-media campaign highlighting rare finds at small stores. In 2011, the U.S. government officially supported Small Business Saturday and it is now the largest shopping holiday in support of small business. Every year the movement grows and an increasing number of businesses utilize the buzz online to reach out to new and existing customers. On Small Business Saturday, during...

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FirstNet Updates

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)’s newly opened innovation and test lab is an exciting milestone for the future nationwide public safety communications network. Photos of the lab have been posted on FirstNet’s Facebook page in the album titled FirstNet Lab and an informational video has been posted on FirstNet’s YouTube channel. You can keep up with all things FirstNet by signing up for a FirstNet RSS feed, or by following any of their social media accounts. RSS Feed: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/rss Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstNetGov Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firstnetgov/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/...

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FirstNet Opens Innovation and Test Lab

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has opened an innovation and test lab at its technical headquarters in Colorado. This state-of-the-art laboratory will be the site for testing of features, device functionality, and apps of the future nationwide public safety communications network. The test lab is expected to help reduce the time it will take to field test and deploy the various public safety features of the dedicated LTE communications network for first responders. It will also serve as a foundation for a future FirstNet Training/Experience Center for hands-on training, demonstration, and user evaluation of FirstNet...

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