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Blog // Connect Nevada

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. Starting OutGetting started and seeing if the Connected Community Engagement program is right for your community is as simple as reaching out to Connected Nation...

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$30M Grant Funds Available for Broadband Apps and Innovations

By Amanda Murphy

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) recently announced a $30 million grant opportunity toward innovative digital tools for first responders and FirstNet’s national public safety communications network.  "The idea behind this is that we want to help public safety [professionals] envision what the future looks like for them. Not two years or three years from now — but what does 10 years or 15 years look like for you?" said PSCR Director Dereck Orr in an interview with FirstNet. "We want to pull that future vision forward in the timeline by thoughtfully...

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FirstNet Outlines First 100-Days

By Amanda Murphy

This week, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released an outline of plans for the first 100 days of its public-private partnership. During the FirstNet Board of Directors meeting held in Sacramento, California, officials discussed key items to highlight the organization’s readiness to deploy operations. These items included: A network operations team to lead coordination on network design and other components; A customer service team to prepare for delivering service, driving adoption, and providing a public safety grade customer experience; A forward-looking budget to ensure the most effective use of funds for the...

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Video: FirstNet State Plan Considerations

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has released an informative video about the upcoming process of State plans for deploying the Radio Access Network (RAN) in each state, along with key items to be considered. After FirstNet awards the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network to its chosen telecommunications company, draft plans to deploy the RAN in each state will be provided to state Governors for review. The video tutorial released by FirstNet highlights major steps of this process and provides examples of key state officials and advisors that will want to be involved in the review process. States also have the choice of...

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