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Blog // Connect Iowa

U.S. Virgin Islands is First to Accept FirstNet and AT&T Plan

By Connected Nation

This week, the U.S. Virgin Islands became the first U.S. territory to accept the FirstNet network. Governor Kenneth Mapp announced this decision, which will deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community. FirstNet technology allows first responders to save lives, arrive at emergencies sooner, and protect communities—all from a private, wireless broadband network. After FirstNet consultation and outreach activities with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mapp stated “that it is in the best interest of the United States Virgin Islands and the country to participate in the FirstNet deployment of the National Public Safety...

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Public Safety in the Hands of FirstNet Software

By Connected Nation

The FirstNet wireless communication system has the ability to transform emergency departments across state lines. With its wireless technology, police, fire, and other first response teams can communicate simultaneously during emergencies. FirstNet will improve response times, which will ultimately improve the beginning of an emergency where communication can be the least efficient. New Jersey is one of the first states to opt-in to the FirstNet technology in partnership with AT&T. “New Jersey is proud to take this important step for first responders in our state. The decision to join this network means FirstNet and AT&T will deliver...

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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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Changing the Face of Public Safety and Emergency Communications in Iowa

By Jessica Denson

The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) FirstNet Metro Outreach for Iowa Homeland Security Region 1 meeting was held March 22 in Des Moines, Iowa. The goal was to provide an update on FirstNet and the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communication System (ISICS).  ISICS goal is to provide interoperable communications across Iowa to public safety agencies. ISICS is a 700 MHz P25 TDMA radio system. Once complete, it’s expected to deliver 95% coverage, improving emergency communications for Iowa’s first responders.  Funded through a state legislative appropriation, buildout of the communication system is set...

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