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Why First Responders Need a Priority Network

By Amanda Murphy

In 2012, the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, was created. Since that time, FirstNet has been working toward the deployment of a national communications network dedicated to first responders’ use during public safety and emergency situations. This LTE network will be reliable and secure.

Why do the nation’s fire, EMS, and law enforcement officials need a more reliable and secure communication network? The answer is a short one:  to eliminate interruption from situations in which seconds count.

Iowa Tests Communications Network for School Emergencies

By Amanda Murphy

Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad and Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Roxann Ryan have announced a program that will test a Wi-Fi network dedicated for public safety agencies and emergency responders when responding to incidents at schools.  

NTIA Releases FirstNet Opt Out Guidelines For States

By Amanda Murphy

This week, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a version of guidelines for a state to use if it chooses to opt out of FirstNet’s nationwide LTE broadband public safety communications network. While FirstNet is leading the efforts to create the national network for public safety officials, individual states have the option to decline and to construct, operate, and maintain a state-owned radio communication network that works with FirstNet’s system once deployed.

InterConNEXT 2016

By Amanda Murphy

Iowa Communications Network (ICN) is hosting InterConNEXT 2016, which will take place on August 2, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Ankeny, Iowa.

The event is an opportunity to connect industry partners and ICN to create a visceral learning experience to explain the importance of ICN and the role it plays in advancing innovations in education, public safety, healthcare, and government services.

Attendees will also experience the new fast and flexible ICN service offerings.

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FirstNet’s Band Class 14 Tested in Emergency Scenarios

By Amanda Murphy

Public safety professionals in Beavercreek Township, Ohio, recently conducted simulated emergency drills to test FirstNet’s new Band Class 14 network. The testing was part of a week-long training exercise and made possible by collaboration between Greene County and state of Ohio officials. 

FirstNet Establishes Chief Customer Office to Prepare for Public-Private Partnership, Network Deployment

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board met in Chicago recently to discuss taking action toward positioning the organization for a successful deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network. The Network requires a large-scale public-private partnership to be successful. The private partner will be determined soon, when the contract has been officially awarded.

Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Implementation Webinars

By Amanda Murphy

The Iowa Statewide Communications System Board (ISICSB) will host webinars today about the implementation of the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System (ISICS). The webinar will overview the ISICS P25 Statewide Platform and focus specifically on the technology of the platform. The agenda includes the following topics:

·       95% statewide coverage for mobile radios

·       Geographically diverse, redundant network cores

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

FirstNet Gives Update to Senate Commerce Committee

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth testified on Tuesday in a hearing titled “FirstNet Oversight: An Update on the Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network." The hearing was before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. During the hearing, the Inspector General’s Office presented three major challenges they have identified that FirstNet will face and need to address in order for the nationwide public safety broadband network to succeed—acquisition management, consultations with states and other localities, and internal control.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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