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Blog // Connect Iowa

Rural Broadband Month: Iowa’s Governor Working to Connect More Families, Businesses, Farmers

By Jessica Denson

As part of Rural Broadband Month, RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, is focusing on the challenges and solutions to bringing broadband (high-speed internet) to more families, businesses, and farms across the U.S. These interviews are taking place throughout August, and on Wednesday, August 9, RFD-TV talked with Governor Kim Reynolds (pictured left), who has led efforts to connect more families in Iowa as both the Lt. Governor and now Governor of the state. I think Iowa recognizes the importance of driving toward a more connected state. We’ve prioritized technology deployment,” Governor Reynolds...

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The First States and Territories to Opt-In to FirstNet

By Connected Nation

Territories across the United States are beginning to officially opt-in to the First Net and AT&T network to enhance their public safety communities. The wireless broadband network will help first responders save more lives and protect communities as quickly as possible. Watch here for an explanation of FirstNet’s capabilities for an advanced public safety community. So far, one U.S. territory and eleven states have opted in to the FirstNet and AT&T network. The U.S. Virgin Islands became the first territory to opt-in and Virginia became the first state. New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana have followed. Other states include: · ...

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U.S. Virgin Islands is First to Accept FirstNet and AT&T Plan

By Connected Nation

This week, the U.S. Virgin Islands became the first U.S. territory to accept the FirstNet network. Governor Kenneth Mapp announced this decision, which will deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community. FirstNet technology allows first responders to save lives, arrive at emergencies sooner, and protect communities—all from a private, wireless broadband network. After FirstNet consultation and outreach activities with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mapp stated “that it is in the best interest of the United States Virgin Islands and the country to participate in the FirstNet deployment of the National Public Safety...

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FirstNet: Back to the Basics

By Connected Nation

FirstNet is the First Responder Network Authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. As stated on its website, “Its mission is to develop, build, and operate the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U. S. communities.” FirstNet is working to modernize the broadband experience for first responders nationwide so that they may effectively continue their work to serve the various areas of the United States. This unique organization began shortly after the attack on 9/11. The Commission Report after 9/11 stated that there needed to be an established network for fire, police, and EMS personnel...

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