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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. FirstNet has posted video of the hearing on its website, along with...

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Broadband Helps Local Farmers

By Chris McGovern

It’s June, and that means the start of summer. Around here, that equals the end of classes, evenings on the lake, and the return of the summer farmers market.  Even though the county’s open air market feels like it’s a thousand miles from technology, local farmers are still benefiting from the ability to use broadband to grow, advertise, and sell their wares. The entire agricultural sector benefits from the access and usage of broadband service. In May, a Hudson Institute report noted that rural broadband services supported over $100 billion in e-commerce and nearly 70,000 jobs in 2015.  While that figure includes e-commerce from a...

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The Internet of Lifesaving Things

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet President TJ Kennedy describes the upcoming nationwide public safety broadband network as revolutionary for emergency communications. In a recent interview with EMS World, Kennedy shares details as to how the network will empower EMS and will bring about the “Internet of Lifesaving Things.” “Imagine if paramedics could send a drone ahead of their arrival to an incident to gauge the severity and even determine if additional EMS resources will be necessary. As they arrive, they use connected tools to take the vitals of an injured individual and send the data to the nearest hospital in real time before and during EMS transport,” says...

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Broadband Saving Lives and Protecting Communities

By Amanda Murphy

Technology has changed our world—from education to healthcare, and even the way we work. Technology is also changing public safety operations. On their webpage A Day in the Life, FirstNet offers stories and interviews describing how broadband technology protects communities. On this page, public safety leaders on the island of Guam explain the vital importance of reliable and fast communications when seconds can mean saving a life and how current communication channels are often overloaded. A former Columbus, Ohio, police officer turned public safety app expert explains the need for real time location tracking and the ability to share...

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