Recent News // Joint Press Release // Connect Iowa Recognizes Chairman Thomas Lampe for FirstNet Outreach in Iowa

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, ISICSB, Iowa Department of Public Safety, join Connect Iowa in recognizing outstanding FirstNet outreach and awareness

Des Moines, IA – Today, Connect Iowa, in collaboration with Governor Terry Branstad, the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB), celebrated a key First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) milestone and recognized FirstNet state single point of contact, Chairman Thomas Lampe, with an award for his outstanding FirstNet work in Iowa.

Iowa is leading the nation in FirstNet outreach efforts. Today’s celebration marks the completion of educational presentations to representatives in all 99 Iowa counties in preparation for the FirstNet project. This effort is the first step to better understanding the FirstNet project and its potential impact on Iowa communities and first responders. FirstNet will provide emergency responders with the first high-speed wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. The FirstNet network will be a single, nationwide, long-term evolution network that makes it easier for public safety users to communicate during emergencies and on the job every day. Think of the FirstNet network as a bigger, more reliable, secure, and resilient wireless data network. This new network will provide faster access to information and wireless coverage when and where first responder personnel need it most.

In addition to the milestone recognition, Chairman Thomas Lampe, who leads the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board, also received the Connect Iowa Broadband Hero Award to recognize his exemplary effort leading Iowa’s FirstNet efforts.

"As the FirstNet state point of contact, one of my top priorities has been to establish structures and mechanisms necessary to increase outreach and awareness about FirstNet throughout the state,” shared Chairman Lampe. “Representatives from all 99 Iowa counties had the opportunity to learn and discuss what FirstNet means to their community. I am proud of Iowa’s efforts. Today’s celebration is more than a milestone – it is a stepping stone into a safer and more connected tomorrow for all Iowans.”

FirstNet has provided a letter to recognize the Iowa team’s efforts. Read the letter here.

In addition to the milestone event, Iowa’s FirstNet outreach effort has received national recognition from Government Technology Magazine highlighting that “Iowa has one of the very best plans. Iowa has held face-to-face meetings with responders in almost all the counties and is forming committees in each of its six homeland security regions. Iowa has also received some of the best media coverage, such as coverage by Cedar Rapids TV stations for its meeting with responders in Linn County.”

“Connect Iowa is proud to support the state’s successful FirstNet efforts,” said Tom Ferree, President and COO of Connected Nation, Connect Iowa’s parent company. “Under the leadership of Chairman Lampe, much time and energy has been dedicated to preparing Iowa’s first responders with the information and resources necessary to understand the FirstNet program. Residents and businesses of strong, connected communities recognize and value a commitment to public safety. We applaud Iowa’s efforts and recognize them today as the model for all states across the country.”

As Iowa continues to consider FirstNet opportunities for the future, the state stands poised to better connect its first responders to reliable and secure connectivity.

Download the press release.

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About Connect Iowa: Connect Iowa is a subsidiary of Connected Nation and operates as a nonprofit in the state of Iowa to promote broadband access, adoption, and use. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is leading the initiative to increase broadband Internet access throughout rural Iowa. Connect Iowa was commissioned by the state to work with all broadband providers in Iowa to create detailed maps of broadband coverage and develop a statewide plan for the deployment and adoption of broadband. For more information visit: Follow Connect Iowa on Facebook and Twitter.

About DPS: The Iowa Department of Public Safety is comprised of six divisions including: Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, State Fire Marshal Division, Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department’s mission is to serve the people of Iowa by providing public safety services with leadership, integrity, and professionalism. 

About FirstNet: Signed into law on February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate, and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications.

About ISICSB: The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) became a reality in 2007. This partnership reaches from all disciplines with a mission to unify common interests. The ISICSB establishes policies and protocol for interoperability. Working together, the partnership can make the state of Iowa a great place to live and prosper.


For media inquiries please contact:

Sarah Synovec
Communications Specialist
Connect Iowa
(515) 421-3326

Alex Murphy
DPS Public Information Officer
Office of the Commissioner
(515) 725-6189