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FirstNet Recognizes the 43rd Annual National EMS Week With National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA)

By Connected Nation

In celebration of National EMS Week, FirstNet profiled the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) that focuses on providing effective EMS systems throughout the country and keeping up with the needs of EMS professionals and communities. First responders and EMS professionals look to FirstNet to provide the latest technology to keep a community safe.

It's National Police Week

By Jessica Denson

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. Every year, between 25,000 and 40,000 law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. this particular week to honor fallen officers and take part in a series of events.

As we mark the service of our country’s police officers it’s important to remember that we must provide our law enforcement with the proper tools to do their jobs effectively. Among those tools is FirstNet.

Recent News // Study: Ohio Statewide Broadband Office, Investment Fund Could Help Boost Rural Access

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

FirstNet and AT&T: The First 30 Days

By Jessica Denson

More than a month has passed since FirstNet announced it would partner with AT&T to building the first nationwide public safety broadband network. The record-breaking $46 billion public-private partnership will mean building a network that gives dedicated access to first responders when they need it.

Connected Nation at Work

By Connected Nation

A Connectedsm community designation shows that a community is equipped with broadband capabilities that meet FCC standards. This can help to attract young professionals, encourage new businesses and upstarts, improve real estate prospects, and give community members access to important online resources. The process to become a Connected community relies on community participation and a forward-thinking attitude, and it begins with community members that want to make a difference.

The Best Low-Cost Internet Options

By Connected Nation

To make the Internet more widely available and help bridge the Digital Divide, many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer broadband access at discounted rates for qualifying families and individuals through assistance programs. If you or someone you know is being excluded or is disadvantaged due to a lack of affordable Internet access, these programs may be able to help.

Recent News // Digital Inclusion Week: Leaving No One Out of a Connected Nation

Monday, May 08, 2017

STUDY: Connecting Ohio Can Mean Billions of Dollars in Benefits If Done Right

By Jessica Denson

Ohio is ahead of the curve when it comes to high-speed broadband Internet access. Ninety-two percent of those living in the Buckeye State have access, but connecting the more than 1 million who are still unserved or underserved would mean a one- to two-billion dollar economic impact, conservatively—benefiting Ohio’s communities, businesses, and families.

Helping Public Safety “Catch Up” With Consumers

By Jessica Denson

As technology evolved and consumers began to buy-in to the Internet and smart phones, first responders suddenly moved from the forefront of communication technology to the back of the line.

“When I started in the fire service, we had landline phones and could talk on the radio. The general public did not,” said FirstNet Vice Chairman Jeff Johnson. “Then, we evolved to a place where the general public has superior technology to police, firefighters, and paramedics.”

It was something Johnson witnessed firsthand every day when he got home.

FirstNet 101: An Explanation of the Public Safety Network

By Jessica Denson

Lives depend on first responders’ ability to communicate in disaster and emergency. That is why FirstNet was created—to develop a wireless, mobile network to modernize public safety communications and keep first responders connected when it counts the most. 

Most citizens believe that all of our first responders’ can communicate important information with one another. But, oftentimes, the communications networks used by fire, police, and other emergency responders are not compatible within a district or across county lines.

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