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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet Will Move Quickly Once Vendor is Awarded

By Amanda Murphy

Though the announcement by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as to the private telecommunications company chosen to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network has been delayed, FirstNet leaders say they are ready to move aggressively once the announcement is made. “We have the rigor in place. We are an up-and-running organization just as Congress intended,” FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said at the organization’s quarterly meeting held Dec. 14. “We are here and it’s done, and we are ready.” Read more in an article from techwire.net.   Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications...

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FirstNet Outlines First 100-Days

By Amanda Murphy

This week, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released an outline of plans for the first 100 days of its public-private partnership. During the FirstNet Board of Directors meeting held in Sacramento, California, officials discussed key items to highlight the organization’s readiness to deploy operations. These items included: A network operations team to lead coordination on network design and other components; A customer service team to prepare for delivering service, driving adoption, and providing a public safety grade customer experience; A forward-looking budget to ensure the most effective use of funds for the...

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Video: FirstNet State Plan Considerations

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has released an informative video about the upcoming process of State plans for deploying the Radio Access Network (RAN) in each state, along with key items to be considered. After FirstNet awards the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network to its chosen telecommunications company, draft plans to deploy the RAN in each state will be provided to state Governors for review. The video tutorial released by FirstNet highlights major steps of this process and provides examples of key state officials and advisors that will want to be involved in the review process. States also have the choice of...

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