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Recent News // Press Release: Mecosta County's Broadband Initiative

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How FirstNet Will Open Doors for First Responders

By Jessica Denson

In late March, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the First Responder Network Authority will partner with AT&T to build the nationwide, modern, mobile broadband LTE network for first responders. The $46 billion price tag makes it a record-breaking, public-private partnership. Baltimore Fire Chief Niles Ford calls it a “watershed moment.”

Ten Ways FirstNet Will Help Save Lives, Secure Communities

By Jessica Denson

Imagine if you or your family needed help and first responders didn’t have the necessary information about where you are or if you need firefighters, police, or emergency medical services personnel. Maybe you need all three?

FirstNet seeks to close the gap on communications among public safety personnel by providing the first nationwide public safety broadband network. This network will give fire, police, and emergency workers in your community access to all the information needed to ensure they help your family in a time of need.

Building Broadband Above Obstacles in Rural Michigan

By Connected Nation

Ogemaw County has made it easier for ISPs to extend broadband coverage in the area by going upward. A newly completed vertical assets inventory includes barns, poles, towers, water towers, silos, and other tall structures across 14 townships in Ogemaw County. With this information, ISPs can install broadband infrastructure on tall structures in the area and significantly reduce the investment required.

Remote Office, Home Office, Your Office in Harbor Springs

By Connected Nation

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 40% of Americans will work at home in some form by 2020. Harbor Springs is taking advantage of this trend and working preemptively to make the area a hotspot for remote workers. The newly proposed co-working space, under the working title Remote Office/ Home Office or ROHO, will give remote workers of all types a place to focus, work, and connect with others.

Iowa’s Governor Honored with the Broadband Visionary Award

By Jessica Denson

Des Moines, IA (April 17, 2017) – Connected Nation (CN) and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds honored Governor Terry Branstad on Monday, April 17, with the Connected Nation Broadband Visionary Award. Governor Branstad was presented the award in a small, afternoon ceremony at the state capitol in Des Moines. 

New Leader Chosen for the Public Safety Advisory Committee

By Jessica Denson

Tom Sorley has been chosen by FirstNet as the new Chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). The committee will help FirstNet uphold its pledge to the nation’s public safety personnel and the communities they serve.



Tags:  Iowa  

Help Us Connect the Dayton Region

By Jessica Denson

Dayton, OH – Ten minutes is all it takes to help get Dayton, Montgomery County and the surrounding region better connected. Connect Ohio is asking residents, businesses, librarians, healthcare facilities, and other stakeholders within the Dayton area to complain, compliment, and explain just how well their internet is or is not working.

FirstNet’s Record-Breaking, $46 Billion Partnership With AT&T

By Jessica Denson

The First Responder Network Authority announced the selection of AT&T to build the FirstNet network, a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders, at a cost of $46.6 billion.

It’s a record-breaking, public-private partnership that FirstNet officials say will allow them to better respond to public safety needs while “capitalizing on commercial best practices.” 



Tags:  Iowa  

Changing the Face of Public Safety and Emergency Communications in Iowa

By Jessica Denson

The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB) FirstNet Metro Outreach for Iowa Homeland Security Region 1 meeting was held March 22 in Des Moines, Iowa. The goal was to provide an update on FirstNet and the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communication System (ISICS). 

ISICS goal is to provide interoperable communications across Iowa to public safety agencies. ISICS is a 700 MHz P25 TDMA radio system. Once complete, it’s expected to deliver 95% coverage, improving emergency communications for Iowa’s first responders. 

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