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Why Vermont Opted-In for FirstNet’s State Plan

By Connected Nation

On November 29 Vermont decided to opt-in to the FirstNet Network. Public safety communication efficiency will increase, which will provide greater community protection and a quicker response to an emergency. This highly secure wireless system is only used by first responders and emergency departments, so large pieces of data can be sent and received without slowing down the wireless signal. “It is important that Vermont’s first responders have the best service and access to an interoperable network that is expected to advance and adapt with new technology through the next 25 years,” said Governor Phil Scott in the press release. “Vermont...

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No Normal Day

By Connected Nation

Please note: the following post was first published by firstnet.gov.  There is no “normal day” in Chicago, our nation’s third-largest city, according to Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Executive Director for Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. With a population of about 2.7 million people—and growing—Chicago has significant transportation and critical infrastructure, and hosts about 80 major, planned events each week. That means Chicago’s first responders need dedicated broadband to communicate and do their jobs. “If you talked to the majority of the public, they think we already have [dedicated broadband],” Tate-Nadeau...

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U.S. Virgin Islands is First to Accept FirstNet and AT&T Plan

By Connected Nation

This week, the U.S. Virgin Islands became the first U.S. territory to accept the FirstNet network. Governor Kenneth Mapp announced this decision, which will deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community. FirstNet technology allows first responders to save lives, arrive at emergencies sooner, and protect communities—all from a private, wireless broadband network. After FirstNet consultation and outreach activities with the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mapp stated “that it is in the best interest of the United States Virgin Islands and the country to participate in the FirstNet deployment of the National Public Safety...

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Public Safety in the Hands of FirstNet Software

By Connected Nation

The FirstNet wireless communication system has the ability to transform emergency departments across state lines. With its wireless technology, police, fire, and other first response teams can communicate simultaneously during emergencies. FirstNet will improve response times, which will ultimately improve the beginning of an emergency where communication can be the least efficient. New Jersey is one of the first states to opt-in to the FirstNet technology in partnership with AT&T. “New Jersey is proud to take this important step for first responders in our state. The decision to join this network means FirstNet and AT&T will deliver...

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