By TJ Kennedy, FirstNet Acting Executive Director
Today, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad recognized the state’s progress in planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) by presenting the 2015 Broadband Hero Award to Iowa’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) Tom Lampe. On behalf of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), I would like to congratulate Tom and the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications Board (ISICB) for this much deserved award.
FirstNet has worked closely with Tom and his team over the last two years on key consultation, outreach, and planning activities in the state for the network. We have also highlighted many of their best practices and methodologies through blog postings, our Weekly Update to stakeholders, during our initial State consultation process, and most recently, on a panel discussion at our national April SPOC Meeting of successful preparation for the FirstNet initial consultation meeting.
Over the past year, Tom and his team have delivered FirstNet presentations to public safety officials in all 99 counties in Iowa in a well-organized and systematic manner. Their initial phase of State consultation has been completed, and Iowa’s data collection has been extensive. It is clear to us that the results of these planning efforts will prove to be a valuable asset when the FirstNet network is implemented in Iowa.
Our congratulations to Tom, and our thanks to the Iowa team, both past and present, for their leadership in the future direction of public safety.