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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet’s Record-Breaking, $46 Billion Partnership With AT&T

By Jessica Denson

The First Responder Network Authority announced the selection of AT&T to build the FirstNet network, a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders, at a cost of $46.6 billion. It’s a record-breaking, public-private partnership that FirstNet officials say will allow them to better respond to public safety needs while “capitalizing on commercial best practices.”  “With this award, this is a promise fulfilled by the federal government to law enforcement, fire, EMS professional throughout our country, and the American people who count on them to save lives and protect our community,“ Mike Roth, FirstNet...

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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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FirstNet and States

By Connected Nation

FirstNet is a federal effort to establish a nationwide telecommunications network for first responders across the U.S. This network will allow first responders to communicate more and more accurate data in real time. It will bring with it innovations in emergency medicine, fire safety, and public security. Each state is preparing for its role in establishing FirstNet locally. The FirstNet website has a well-organized map where visitors can click on their own state to learn more. Visit the FirstNet site here to learn more about your state’s preparation for FirstNet. Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability...

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Drones Help FDNY With Bronx Fire

By Connected Nation

This week, FDNY used a drone to assist in the response to a fire in the Bronx. The drone is outfitted with HD and infrared cameras and allows chiefs on the ground to see and help manage the operations. Having the visual info in addition to the radio reports help make sure the fire fighters are safe. FirstNet will help first responders share similar information in real time across the U.S. Read about the FDNY drone’s first use here.    Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB), has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and hosted...

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