Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

For immediate release: Chairman Thomas Lampe
March 28, 2017 ISICS Board
Iowa Department of Public Safety
(515) 725-6234

FirstNet Board Approves Resolution
to Finalize Contract Award

DES MOINES, Iowa (03/28/2017) - Today during a special board meeting, the FirstNet Board unanimously approved Board Resolution 84 to finalize the contract award to build the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) across the United States.  For over four years, the State of Iowa has been involved in the FirstNet process by conducting outreach to all 99 counties, educating public safety on the FirstNet initiative, collecting data on Iowa’s public safety sector, and holding FirstNet Public Private Partnership Summits to provide the opportunity for public and private industry representatives to discuss the status of the FirstNet process and what it means for Iowa.  Iowa's State Point of Contact (SPOC) Thomas Lampe, Chairman of the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB), will now work closely with the Governor’s office and public safety officials on the State Plan for the buildout of the network in Iowa.


About FirstNet

FirstNet’s mission is to deliver a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety to help strengthen their emergency communications abilities, making them safer and more effective on the job. A new, innovative public-private partnership will be established to deploy the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).

The NPSBN delivered by FirstNet will provide law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency service personnel a reliable, redundant, resilient, and secure connection to carry high-speed data, location information, images, and video.  When seconds count, this real-time information can mean all the difference for first responders and the citizens they serve.

About Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB)

The Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board is charged with planning, developing, implementing, and overseeing policy, operations, and fiscal components of communications efforts at the state and local level, and coordinating with similar efforts at the federal level.

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