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Public Safety Network Tested During Super Bowl 50

By Amanda Murphy

During Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 event, Parallel Wireless and its partners, along with a Special Temporary Authorization (STA) from the FCC and support from FirstNet, set up an LTE public safety network. Parallel Wireless mounted radios on the north and south scoreboards in Levi’s Stadium to provide law enforcement their own frequencies for wireless communication.

Steve Kropper, Vice President of Parallel Wireless, shared this statement:

"This is exactly why we do these exercises since the NFL and many others are not aware that FirstNet has been allocated 20 MHz of dedicated spectrum in the 700 MHz band.”

Parallel Wireless worked with the FBI and the city of San Francisco for additional Internet access and to connect to the municipal fiber network. This allowed for coverage throughout the entire Super Bowl City site.

Read more about the public safety network test at the Super Bowl in this article by fiercewireless.com.


Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (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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