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Blog // Connect Iowa

USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

By Eric Frederick

 The USDA is making $19 million available to rural areas seeking to expand distance learning opportunities and telemedicine. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program gives schools, government groups, non-profits, businesses, and others the opportunity to obtain equipment and instruction that can benefit local students, teachers, doctors, and, most importantly, the community.  Nearly one fifth of America’s population resides in rural areas, as classified by the U.S. Census Bureau. These nearly 59.5 million people are spread over more than 90% of the nation’s land area, making it exceedingly difficult to concentrate...

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FirstNet: Media Coverage of Broadband Hero - Chairman Thomas Lampe

By Sarah Hagen

Chairman Thomas Lampe reflects in the Des Moines Register on the significance of completing FirstNet presentations with representatives from all 99 Iowa counties. Lampe received the Broadband Hero Award from Connect Iowa for his dedication to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which is a campaign to establish and operate a wireless broadband network solely for the use of public safety workers. "We're competing with everybody that's using the network during the disaster. It's too busy," Lampe explained in the interview, while referring to emergency situations where the public is taking videos, making phone calls, and sending...

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FirstNet at Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) Event

By Sarah Hagen

Last week  The Performance Institute (PI) hosted “Edward Parkinson, Director of Government Affairs, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and other leaders and members of the nationwide security, public safety, and emergency-response community [for] a working session to break down, step-by-step, the operational activity needed to get ready for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN),” stated a press release from PI. The event featured Ray Lehr, PI Fellow, Nationwide Public Safety Broadband, who moderated the second of three public policy forums on this mission-critical topic, “How to get Ready for FirstNet—...

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Fighting Cyber Attacks Nationally and Locally

By Connected Nation

As technology grows in importance and prevalence in business and in day-to-day activities, so do the risks involved in its use. Cyber attacks are becoming more common, more sophisticated, and more diverse, affecting entire industries and even countries collectively, all the way down to the individual user. Governments and law enforcement officials are now using the power of the Internet to fight its risks, by creating a more powerful security architecture and, most importantly, by keeping end users aware of the threats. Cyber attacks may range anywhere between annoying—such as email spam or viruses that create repetitive ads—to devastating,...

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