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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet Launches First Developer Program

By Connected Nation

The first developer program of FirstNet and AT&T has launched for America’s emergency responders. It is the force behind innovation in public safety today. The technology will allow public safety to have a private app store. The app store will serve as a “one-stop shop” for reliable solutions for public safety through the FirstNet network. In FirstNet’s press release, Chris Sambar, senior vice president from AT&T – FirstNet said, “The FirstNet app ecosystem is an important building block as we work to modernize public safety’s communications tools and capabilities.” “The FirstNet network will bring public safety the connectivity they...

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90 Days and Counting: The Deadline to Adopt FirstNet and AT&T Network

By Connected Nation

Last week FirstNet delivered the final plans for state governors. States that have not accepted the plan have until December 28 to opt-in or have their state create its own Radio Access Network (RAN) that’s compatible with the FirstNet network. The decision to opt-in will provide greater public safety, increased infrastructure developments, and job creation. The governor of each state has the option to adopt the FirstNet plan in their state without worrying about costs or improvement of the network or take on the risk of operating their own RAN network. This option would be considered opting in. If states do not take any action on their...

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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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“Count Us In,” Baltimore Fire Chief Says of FirstNet

By Jessica Denson

This week, Idaho and Texas opted in to the state plans for FirstNet, joining Maryland and 20 other states. Once complete, FirstNet will become a nationwide LTE broadband network that will give priority to public safety officials. Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford calls the network “a watershed moment” for firefighters and other first responders. “I think that 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 do things and be connected to people and circumstances we would have never been.” Ford said FirstNet...

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