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Blog // Connect Iowa

A Timeline for FirstNet’s State Plans

By Jessica Denson

Proposed state plans for FirstNet are now in the hands of governors and state leadership across the country. Each one was tailored to meet the needs of a specific state by the First Responders Network Authority. So, what happens now and when could FirstNet launch in your community? Between June 19, when the state plans were distributed, until August 4, states will be able to review their individual plans proposed by FirstNet. Each state has until Friday, August 4 to ask any questions or provide comments for feedback. FirstNet and AT&T, which was awarded the contract to build the broadband network for first responders, must then provide...

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Distributing State Plans for FirstNet

By Connected Nation

On June 19, The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced its next step in providing broadband (high-speed internet) and voice network to first responders in America. By providing State Plans to individual states, FirstNet will learn which states are interested in its first responder program and which states are not. And, an added bonus is that the network buildout proposed in the State Plans will create thousands of new jobs nationwide across the states and territories. For the past four years, FirstNet worked with locals to determine the specific needs of first responders, so that they could better meet the needs of the...

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TECH WEEK:Why Better Mapping is Critical to Getting Broadband Access to More People

By Jessica Denson

Connected Nation Testifies on Capitol Hill For nearly two decades, Connected Nation has worked to bring internet access to families and businesses in both rural and urban settings, and, as a result, was recently asked to testify before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. That’s because the focus of the hearing was on “Defining and Mapping Broadband Coverage in America.” “We’ve got to have accurate maps,” Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) said during the June 21 hearing. “I have professors outside of Virginia Tech who don’t have service at all. I have huge sections geographically that the FCC thinks it’s serving but that...

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Developing State Plans for FirstNet

By Jessica Denson

When it comes to connecting communications among police, fire, and emergency personnel across the country, developing plans for each state and U.S. territory is key to ensuring its effectiveness. The First Responder Network Authority has begun work on those plans.  They’ll be integrated into the FirstNet Network which will become a single, nationwide, interoperable LTE network for public safety communications. Once complete, it will give first responders priority in emergency situations. FirstNet staff will meet with leaders in every state and territory to discuss how officials can deploy what’s been dubbed “The Radio Access Network” to...

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