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Blog // Connect Michigan

FirstNet and States

By Connected Nation

FirstNet is a federal effort to establish a nationwide telecommunications network for first responders across the U.S. This network will allow first responders to communicate more and more accurate data in real time. It will bring with it innovations in emergency medicine, fire safety, and public security.

Each state is preparing for its role in establishing FirstNet locally. The FirstNet website has a well-organized map where visitors can click on their own state to learn more.

Visit the FirstNet site here to learn more about your state’s preparation for FirstNet.

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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