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Blog // Connect Iowa

No Normal Day

By Connected Nation

Please note: the following post was first published by firstnet.gov.  There is no “normal day” in Chicago, our nation’s third-largest city, according to Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Executive Director for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. With a population of about 2.7 million people—and growing—Chicago has significant transportation and critical infrastructure, and hosts about 80 major, planned events each week. That means Chicago’s first responders need dedicated broadband to communicate and do their jobs. “If you talked to the majority of the public, they think we already have [dedicated broadband],” Tate-Nadeau...

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More Than 30 States Have Opted-in to the FirstNet Network

By Connected Nation

Utah just became the 31st state to choose FirstNet’s state plans. Once complete, the network will streamline communications and give first responders a way to communicate across agencies and county and state lines, so they can make better decisions for public safety and their communities. Recently, South Carolina governor, Henry McMaster has opted-in to receive the FirstNet and AT&T network. South Carolina first responders are ready for this wireless broadband network to strengthen the community’s safety and save more lives. The press release issuing South Carolina’s opt-in decision supports public safety workers’ voices for the need of...

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FirstNet Strengthens Commitment to Native Americans

By Jessica Denson

The First Responder Network Authority demonstrated its commitment to Native Americans this week with the announcement of a Tribal Consultation Policy. The policy means tribal leaders will be able to share their public safety needs through a nation-to-nation relationship between FirstNet and the country’s 567 federally recognized tribes.   “This policy recognizes the importance of working directly with [Native Americans] for the deployment and operation of the Network and being responsive to the needs of public safety communications on tribal lands,” said FirstNet Board Member Kevin McGinnis, who is also the FirstNet Board tribal...

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Why FirstNet?

By Connected Nation

This week Louisiana opted in to partner with FirstNet technology and AT&T. They are now one of the 24 states to make changes in their public safety efforts. As stated in FirstNet’s press release, Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards said, "The entire State of Louisiana will benefit from this decision.” “From natural disasters like flooding and hurricanes, to other planned events like Mardi Gras, hosting Super Bowls or other large sporting events, Louisiana has many unique times when communications systems can become strained. We will be working with our partners at FirstNet and AT&T on this communications network which means...

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