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Blog // Connect Michigan

Location, Location, Location: Enhancing Public Safety with GIS

By CMI Staff

February is Public Safety Month at Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to highlight the use of GIS in various public safety agencies. Location is everything during an emergency; GIS provides the functionality to collect and manage large databases while in a fast-paced decision-making environment. GIS analysis and maps are used for everything from developing the public safety network to tracking criminal activity or emergency response routes. With the increases in technological capabilities, more and more agencies are being...

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Connect Michigan Testimony Before the House Energy and Technology Committee

By Wil Payton

Connect Michigan State Program Manager Eric Frederick was called to testify to the Michigan House Energy and Technology Committee on Tuesday, February 19, to provide an overview of the broadband industry in the state and some current issues service providers and consumers encounter. Frederick presented committee members with broadband maps, research, and information regarding Connect Michigan’s Connected community technology planning efforts. The committee was eager to examine broadband availability in their districts, learn about residential and business adoption and use of broadband, and hear stories from Michigan’s Connected communities....

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National Broadband Map 2-Year Anniversary

By CMI Staff

February 17, 2013, marked the two-year anniversary of the National Broadband Map (NBM), a tool to search, analyze, and map broadband availability across the United States. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created and maintains the NBM, populating it with broadband datasets collected and submitted by states and territories for the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also been contributing to the development and update of the NBM. The continued update and use of the NBM for economic development, federal policy, broadband expansion, as well as local...

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Public Safety Apps – Revolutionary Tools for First Responders, Mobile Resources for You

By Wil Payton

Public safety communications is in an evolutionary stage due to implementation of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide network and Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) systems. These systems will facilitate the integration of new applications that will become core components of emergency response strategies. A byproduct of these emerging technologies is apps that can be created to enhance public safety communications systems. The following is an excerpt from an Association of Public Safety Officials (APCO) position paper on public safety app development: Apps on a dedicated public safety broadband network, and in...

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