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Blog // Connect Iowa

Opting-in: The Latest State to Choose FirstNet

By Connected Nation

The following press release was posted on FirstNet's website on August 28, 2017.  Hawai’i is modernizing communications for first responders in the Aloha State. Governor David Ige recently announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. This made Hawai’i the 16th state or territory to “opt-in” to FirstNet and bring advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities. “The FirstNet network will transform the way fire, police, EMS, emergency management and other public safety personnel...

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Advancing UAS technologies in all public safety disciplines

By Connected Nation

Mike Worrell, senior fire services advisor, has been with FirstNet since 2015. He wrote the following piece for FireChief.com. It was first published on August 22.   A long-time FirstNet supporter, Charlottesville Fire Chief Emeritus Charles Werner has been a strong advocate for UAS technology as an additional tool for all public safety disciplines. During his 42 years of service, Werner learned first-hand about the importance of communication and the value of new technologies when responding to major emergencies. With the introduction of UAS devices for public safety use, first responders gain access to aerial views of the incident, as...

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Rural Broadband Month: Iowa’s Governor Working to Connect More Families, Businesses, Farmers

By Jessica Denson

As part of Rural Broadband Month, RFD-TV, a broadcast group that focuses on rural affairs issues across the country, is focusing on the challenges and solutions to bringing broadband (high-speed internet) to more families, businesses, and farms across the U.S. These interviews are taking place throughout August, and on Wednesday, August 9, RFD-TV talked with Governor Kim Reynolds (pictured left), who has led efforts to connect more families in Iowa as both the Lt. Governor and now Governor of the state. I think Iowa recognizes the importance of driving toward a more connected state. We’ve prioritized technology deployment,” Governor Reynolds...

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The First States and Territories to Opt-In to FirstNet

By Connected Nation

Territories across the United States are beginning to officially opt-in to the First Net and AT&T network to enhance their public safety communities. The wireless broadband network will help first responders save more lives and protect communities as quickly as possible. Watch here for an explanation of FirstNet’s capabilities for an advanced public safety community. So far, one U.S. territory and eleven states have opted in to the FirstNet and AT&T network. The U.S. Virgin Islands became the first territory to opt-in and Virginia became the first state. New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana have followed. Other states include: · ...

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