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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet: Push-to-Talk Functionality Shows Promise

By Sarah Hagen

The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network. FirstNet has been licensed the Band 14 700 MHz spectrum for its network. This spectrum promises to provide the communications resources needed to make the LTE equipment intended for...

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Connected Certification Promotes Infrastructure Partnerships in Indianola

By CIA Staff

Unlike many communities which aspire toward Connected certified status, powerful broadband infrastructure was already in place in Indianola, Iowa’s first Connected community, certified in February 2013.  Collaborative city-wide initiatives created state-of-the-art broadband networks, yet, after years of negotiation and meticulous arrangement, many of the resources available were going unnoticed and unused by residents and businesses. Partnering with Connect Iowa, Indianola was able to measure the access in the area, create groundbreaking new programs and partnerships, and give the innovative infrastructure they had built the recognition...

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Connect Iowa Kicks off the Second Annual Iowa Broadband Summit presented by Mediacom Business Today!

By Sarah Hagen

For the second annual Iowa Broadband Summit, Connect Iowa is bringing together community leaders, industry and economic development professionals, broadband providers, policymakers, and other key stakeholder groups from across the state to address the progress being made in Iowa to expand broadband access, adoption, and use. Summit attendees can learn how to foster broadband opportunities in their communities, how to encourage broadband adoption, and hear about new and innovative broadband applications that will benefit their lives. Some of the topics of focus today include Leading practices in e-Health innovations Digital job creation...

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Development Expands as West Des Moines Gets Connected

By CIA Staff

From Sarah Synovec: Connect Iowa officially welcomes West Des Moines as the third certified city to the Connected community, joining Webster City and Indianola. West Des Moines is the 12th city in the country to be certified by parent company Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program. This program includes building a comprehensive action plan for developing a technology-ready community by reviewing the technology landscape, developing regional partnerships, establishing local teams, and conducting a thorough community assessment. Connect Iowa supports cities like West Des Moines by developing broadband coverage maps of the...

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