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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

Location, Location, Location: Enhancing Public Safety with GIS

By CPR Staff

February is Public Safety Month at Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to highlight the use of GIS in various public safety agencies. Location is everything during an emergency; GIS provides the functionality to collect and manage large databases while in a fast-paced decision-making environment. GIS analysis and maps are used for everything from developing the public safety network to tracking criminal activity or emergency response routes. With the increases in technological capabilities, more and more agencies are being...

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National Broadband Map 2-Year Anniversary

By CPR Staff

February 17, 2013, marked the two-year anniversary of the National Broadband Map (NBM), a tool to search, analyze, and map broadband availability across the United States. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created and maintains the NBM, populating it with broadband datasets collected and submitted by states and territories for the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also been contributing to the development and update of the NBM. The continued update and use of the NBM for economic development, federal policy, broadband expansion, as well as local...

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Public Safety Apps – Revolutionary Tools for First Responders, Mobile Resources for You

By Wil Payton

Public safety communications is in an evolutionary stage due to implementation of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide network and Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) systems. These systems will facilitate the integration of new applications that will become core components of emergency response strategies. A byproduct of these emerging technologies is apps that can be created to enhance public safety communications systems. The following is an excerpt from an Association of Public Safety Officials (APCO) position paper on public safety app development: Apps on a dedicated public safety broadband network, and in...

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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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