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Blog // Connect Iowa

Get Up to Speed on FirstNet

By Amanda Murphy

If you’re looking to get up to speed on the planned build-out of FirstNet, a recent Q&A article from American City and County has you covered. Here are a few key takeaways: FirstNet will provide public safety officials a committed, dedicated, reliable network, removing communication interruptions. FirstNet’s timeline includes choosing a contractor for the nationwide public safety network by November 2016.  Six months after that contract is in place, deployment plans for all 50 states and 6 territories will be presented. Governors will then have 90 days to accept the FirstNet deployment plan, meaning construction could begin as...

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Wireless Communications Capacity is Necessary for Large Events

By Amanda Murphy

With current wireless technology, networks quickly get overloaded in large, emergency situations. The same is true for events with large crowds, which is another reason public safety officials are looking forward to FirstNet’s national communications network dedicated for first responders.  According to FirstNet, outreach and consultation efforts with first responders throughout the U.S. have revealed a need for large capacity communication and data needs during large events. As it currently stands, a lack of sufficient bandwidth causes congestion and unreliability. When coordinating public safety resources for large-scale events, such...

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FCC Releases Broadband and Health Interactive Mapping Tool

By Amanda Murphy

The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force has launched a broadband and health interactive map. The new tool, titled Mapping Broadband Health in America, allows users to analyze broadband and health data visually, and at a national, state, and county level. The map is intended for use by both public and private sectors, and local communities, as a tool to drive discussion, to identify opportunities and gaps in connectivity and health care, and to assist broadband health policies and digital health solutions. Users have the ability to generate customized maps that display broadband access, adoption, and speeds along...

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Why First Responders Need a Priority Network

By Amanda Murphy

In 2012, the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, was created. Since that time, FirstNet has been working toward the deployment of a national communications network dedicated to first responders’ use during public safety and emergency situations. This LTE network will be reliable and secure. Why do the nation’s fire, EMS, and law enforcement officials need a more reliable and secure communication network? The answer is a short one:  to eliminate interruption from situations in which seconds count. With current wireless technology, networks quickly get overloaded in large, emergency situations. This can occur when people...

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