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Blog // Connect Iowa

NASCIO Priorities for 2017 Include FirstNet

By Connected Nation

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) includes FirstNet as a 2017 advocacy priority.  State CIOs are often the single point of contact for FirstNet. Coordination with states and governors will be critical in 2017 as governors must decide to “opt-in or opt-out” of the FirstNet network.

Read the full NASCIO release 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 workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-chair were elected to the Regional Interoperability Committee (RIC) to work with the ISICSB.

About FirstNet: The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network.

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