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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet holds First State Point of Contact Meeting

By Sarah Hagen

In an article from Bill Schrier, a FirstNet State Point of Contact (SPOC), Schrier gives his impressions from the FirstNet SPOC first meeting. From the timeline, to the tone of support from the audience, Schrier reports on the goings on at the meeting. He even mentions Iowa’s outreach program: “Some states have been quite aggressive in their outreach plans. Iowa has one of the very best plans. Iowa has a FirstNet point of contact in each of its 99 counties (would those be County Points of Contact or CPOCs?). Iowa has held face-to-face meetings with responders in almost all the counties and is forming committees in each of its six homeland...

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FCC Offers $10 billion for Broadband Network Upgrades

By Tom Koutsky

Today, the FCC formally offered the nation’s largest telephone companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Frontier, CenturyLink, FairPoint, and Windstream, $10 billion in subsidies to offer broadband service to over 4 million homes and businesses that are currently unserved. Today’s offer is a critical step in “Phase II” of the Connect America Fund, which will subsidize the construction of 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up broadband networks in these areas over the next six years. These providers have until August 27, 2015 (120 days) to accept or reject the FCC’s offer on a state-by-state basis. If they reject these offers, the FCC will begin to award...

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FirstNet: Addressing Hurdles

By Sarah Hagen

In an article written by Joe Boucher, Chief Technology Officer at Mutualink, Boucher address three hurdles for FirstNet to overcome in order to make an effective public safety broadband network. He then provides several tactical approaches to solving these problems. View Boucher’s thoughts in this Urgent Communications article. Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board brings presentations on FirstNet to every county in Iowa. Find your closest presentation on this calendar. 

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Connected Community Designation Assists Main Street Development

By CIA Staff

Broadband connectivity is a key decisive factor for more and more businesses.  From online marketing to online financial management tools and much more, companies of all sizes are harnessing the Internet to make business faster, easier, and more efficient.  Community initiatives focusing on economic development are working hand-in-hand with broadband development programs to help expand business through broadband and give everyone access to the opportunities broadband brings.  Manning, IA began working with Connect Iowa to coincide with their work as a Main Street community. The National Main Street Center is a national...

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