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Blog // Connect Nevada

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 encrypted texts and pictures with everyone on an officer’s shift. Officers in Alaska explain their unique tech needs for the many remote areas of the state.

Check out A Day in the Life at


Connect Iowa, in partnership with the ISICSB, has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and hosted workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-chair were elected to the Regional Interoperability Committee (RIC) to work with the ISICSB.

About FirstNet: The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network.


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