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Blog // Connect Iowa

No Normal Day

By Connected Nation

Please note: the following post was first published by firstnet.gov.  There is no “normal day” in Chicago, our nation’s third-largest city, according to Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Executive Director for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. With a population of about 2.7 million people—and growing—Chicago has significant transportation and critical infrastructure, and hosts about 80 major, planned events each week. That means Chicago’s first responders need dedicated broadband to communicate and do their jobs. “If you talked to the majority of the public, they think we already have [dedicated broadband],” Tate-Nadeau...

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More Than 30 States Have Opted-in to the FirstNet Network

By Connected Nation

Utah just became the 31st state to choose FirstNet’s state plans. Once complete, the network will streamline communications and give first responders a way to communicate across agencies and county and state lines, so they can make better decisions for public safety and their communities. Recently, South Carolina governor, Henry McMaster has opted-in to receive the FirstNet and AT&T network. South Carolina first responders are ready for this wireless broadband network to strengthen the community’s safety and save more lives. The press release issuing South Carolina’s opt-in decision supports public safety workers’ voices for the need of...

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