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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet Strengthens Commitment to Native Americans

By Jessica Denson

The First Responder Network Authority demonstrated its commitment to Native Americans this week with the announcement of a Tribal Consultation Policy. The policy means tribal leaders will be able to share their public safety needs through a nation-to-nation relationship between FirstNet and the country’s 567 federally recognized tribes.   “This policy recognizes the importance of working directly with [Native Americans] for the deployment and operation of the Network and being responsive to the needs of public safety communications on tribal lands,” said FirstNet Board Member Kevin McGinnis, who is also the FirstNet Board tribal...

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FirstNet Launches First Developer Program

By Connected Nation

The first developer program of FirstNet and AT&T has launched for America’s emergency responders. It is the force behind innovation in public safety today. The technology will allow public safety to have a private app store. The app store will serve as a “one-stop shop” for reliable solutions for public safety through the FirstNet network. In FirstNet’s press release, Chris Sambar, senior vice president from AT&T – FirstNet said, “The FirstNet app ecosystem is an important building block as we work to modernize public safety’s communications tools and capabilities.” “The FirstNet network will bring public safety the connectivity they...

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90 Days and Counting: The Deadline to Adopt FirstNet and AT&T Network

By Connected Nation

Last week FirstNet delivered the final plans for state governors. States that have not accepted the plan have until December 28 to opt-in or have their state create its own Radio Access Network (RAN) that’s compatible with the FirstNet network. The decision to opt-in will provide greater public safety, increased infrastructure developments, and job creation. The governor of each state has the option to adopt the FirstNet plan in their state without worrying about costs or improvement of the network or take on the risk of operating their own RAN network. This option would be considered opting in. If states do not take any action on their...

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