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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet and AT&T: The First 30 Days

By Jessica Denson

More than a month has passed since FirstNet announced it would partner with AT&T to building the first nationwide public safety broadband network. The record-breaking $46 billion public-private partnership will mean building a network that gives dedicated access to first responders when they need it. To mark the one-month anniversary of the announcement, FirstNet’s CEO, Mike Poth, gave a progress report on just how the work is going in the early stages. The CEO said in a written update that FirstNet and AT&T have “hit the ground running.” “Together, we've had an extremely productive month, collaborating on a number of priorities,...

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Helping Public Safety “Catch Up” With Consumers

By Jessica Denson

As technology evolved and consumers began to buy-in to the Internet and smart phones, first responders suddenly moved from the forefront of communication technology to the back of the line. “When I started in the fire service, we had landline phones and could talk on the radio. The general public did not,” said FirstNet Vice Chairman Jeff Johnson. “Then, we evolved to a place where the general public has superior technology to police, firefighters, and paramedics.” It was something Johnson witnessed firsthand every day when he got home. “You know, my 14-year-old daughter had more capability than I did on the street,” he said. “I could push...

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FirstNet 101: An Explanation of the Public Safety Network

By Jessica Denson

Lives depend on first responders’ ability to communicate in disaster and emergency. That is why FirstNet was created—to develop a wireless, mobile network to modernize public safety communications and keep first responders connected when it counts the most.  Most citizens believe that all of our first responders’ can communicate important information with one another. But, oftentimes, the communications networks used by fire, police, and other emergency responders are not compatible within a district or across county lines. You can imagine the issues that could cause—from delayed response to inaccurate information about a patient’s...

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How FirstNet Will Open Doors for First Responders

By Jessica Denson

In late March, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the First Responder Network Authority will partner with AT&T to build the nationwide, modern, mobile broadband LTE network for first responders. The $46 billion price tag makes it a record-breaking, public-private partnership. Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford calls it a “watershed moment.” “I think FirstNet is going to open a whole lot of doors that we have not had an opportunity to walk through from a technological standpoint,” Ford said. “It’s going to give us an opportunity to be connected to people and circumstances we’ve would have never been and will...

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