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Upcoming Wireless Communications Industry Conference to Highlight FirstNet

By Amanda Murphy

FirstNet will be a key focus for the upcoming International Wireless and Communications Expo (IWCE) in March. The first large industry event to follow the recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for a nationwide public safety broadband network, the conference will offer various information sessions on FirstNet—its history, next phases, and case studies.

In a press release distributed by IWCE coordinators, sessions about FirstNet will include the following:

  • FirstNet RFP and Operational Architecture Review  
  • Evolution of FirstNet  
  • Taking Advantage of the Opportunities Offered by FirstNet
  • FirstNet at Four Years  
  • The Economics of Building and Sustaining FirstNet  
  • The Next Phase of FirstNet Consultations  
  • Early Builders of FirstNet-Ready LTE Networks  
  • Cybersecurity Considerations for FirstNet  
  • FirstNet Breaking News
  • The State of the States: FirstNet and Public Safety Broadband  
  • Priority, Pre-emption and QoS: Local Control of FirstNet  
  • The Legal and Regulatory Issues: Opting In or Opting Out  
  • FirstNet Consultants' Roundtable –Vision versus Reality  
  • Where Do the Carriers Fit into FirstNet?  
  • Access Authentication, Identification and Verification
  • FirstNet Trials Case Studies  

The IWCE conference takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada March 21-25, 2016. Visit the expo website for more information.

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