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Blog // Connect Iowa

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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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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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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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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