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Texas Gearing Up For Broadband Communities Summit

By CTX Staff

Connected Texas is helping make April a month to focus on broadband in communities! In addition to the Digital Inclusion Conference that Connected Texas is co-hosting in Austin in late April, Executive Director Don Shirley is headed to Dallas on April 16 to participate in the 2013 Broadband Communities Summit! The 2013 Broadband Communities Summit is being held in Dallas on April 16-18th and will include panels of broadband experts and interested parties of librarians, educators, and local officials. Shirley will present on a variety of topics including the Connected program, MyConnectView, and FirstNet planning and deployment. The FirstNet...

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FirstNet Ready to Boost Texas Public Safety

By CTX Staff

Texas public safety is getting a huge boost thanks to broadband technology! The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent authority established by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). FirstNet is charged with establishing a nationwide public safety broadband network based on a single, national network architecture. FirstNet is part of Public Safety Long Term Evolution (PS LTE), a term used to describe the next generation cellular technology which will be used to build the nationwide network. The network will deliver new services, capabilities, and applications that will help first...

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NTIA Announces Federal Funding Opportunity for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program

By Connected Nation

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced yesterday the much awaited Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO ) for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP).  With this, NTIA commences the key state-level planning process that will support the construction of a national public safety mobile broadband network (PSBN). The program was created by Congress in 2012 under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to assist state, local, and tribal governments with planning for a nationwide interoperable PSBN.  This grant will allow states to undertake the...

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Inaugural Board for FirstNet Public Safety Network Announced

By Connected Nation

Today the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce announced the composition of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board.  FirstNet was created earlier this year by Congress through the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act with the mandate to create a nationwide interoperable wireless broadband network that will enable police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals, and other public safety officials to more effectively communicate and do their jobs.  The Act mandates the NTIA to form a FirstNet Board by August 20 comprised of 15...

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