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Friday, August 01, 2014

Wisconsin Interoperability Initiative Employement Opportuntities

The Wisconsin Interoperability Initiative is excited to announce two positions open for recruitment within the Interoperability Unit at the Wisconsin Department of Justice.


Communications Interoperability Program and Policy Analyst


Interoperable Communications WISCOM Program Manager


Please feel free to distribute these postings to any potential candidates for either of these positions.

Monday, July 28, 2014

SPOC FirstNet Weekly Update - July 28

FirstNet News

·         The FirstNet Consultation and Outreach teams continue to prepare for the Maryland initial consultation meeting in Annapolis on July 29.  The meeting has drawn attention from numerous other states and trade press media, so we have completed a communications plan to quickly provide interested parties with key information and developments from this consultation meeting.  This will include an update email for all SPOCs and a blog entry on the FirstNet website.  We have received a total of 18 completed state consultation checklists from the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Washington D.C., Florida, Guam, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

·         Ed Parkinson presented at the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT)-NG911 Institute Capitol Hill Technology Showcase on July 22. The event brought together industry experts and government leaders in emergency communications. For more information on this event, please read Ed’s blog about the meeting:

·         FirstNet was the primary topic of a webinar hosted on July 23 by Urgent Communications that drew a large audience of more than 250 state and local public safety and private sector representatives.  Amanda Hilliard presented on the FirstNet consultation process and received several questions about how the forthcoming RFP fits into the state planning process. 

·         Ed Parkinson presented a webinar for the attendees of the Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN) 2014 Interoperability Conference on July 24.  He focused on the state's outreach and consultation efforts, as well as the upcoming RFP process.

·         The team is preparing for the upcoming APCO Conference in New Orleans the first week of August.  We have worked with the APCO staff to plan multiple sessions at APCO to share our updates and strategy and hope to see many of you in New Orleans.

o   Saturday Aug. 2, 2014

·      10:15-10:45 AM  Executive Council Briefing – FirstNet Overview (Ed Parkinson)

o   Sunday Aug. 3, 2014

·      2:00-2:30 PM RECCWG Region VI Meeting (Amanda Hilliard providing FirstNet update)

·      2:40-3:40  Conference Session – Information Technology and Emergency Response in the Age of FirstNet (Kevin McGinnis & Ed Parkinson with Mitch Herckis, NASCIO and Bill Schrier, Washington)

o   Monday Aug. 4, 2014

·      11:15-11:45 Presentation Theatre:  Want to learn more about FirstNet, where things stand and what’s in store? (Ed Parkinson & Amanda Hilliard)

·       4:10-5:10 Conference Session – FirstNet and Next Generation 9-1-1 Deployment (Jeff Bratcher, Amanda Hilliard & Jeff Johnson)

o  Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014

·      8:00-8:15:  Keynote – Distinguished Achievers Breakfast; Topic: Goals and direction, importance of 9-1-1, dispatch, emergency communications centers (TJ Kennedy)

·      11:15-11:45: Presentation Theatre:  Want to learn more about FirstNet, where things stand and what’s in store? (Dave Buchanan & Rich Reed)

o  Wednesday Aug. 6, 2014

·      2:20-3:20: Conference Session – FirstNet Town Hall (TJ Kennedy, Kevin McGinnis & Jeff Johnson)


Media Watch

Traditional Media – The Urgent Communications webinar was covered by our primary trade publications:

·         Clearer Timeline for FirstNet not Expected Until at Least '15

·         TR Daily (via NPSTC):  FirstNet Spectrum Lease Agreement Nearing for Harris County, Texas, Official Says

·         LTE network for US public safety taking it one step at a time


Social Media – The FirstNet Communications team worked with the Department of Commerce to place a blog entry on the Commerce homepage about our efforts to deploy a resilient public safety network.  The blog was part of Commerce’s focus on its agencies’ efforts to improve resiliency.


The FirstNet Twitter account now has more than 600 followers, and the LinkedIn account has 135 followers.  Please visit the FirstNet blog for regular stories about FirstNet activities, developments in the states, and public safety mobile applications:
Friday, July 18, 2014

FEMA - ARRL Sign Updated MOA

On July 18, 2014, ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a public signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) at the ARRL's Centennial Convention. Signing for the ARRL was President Kay Craigie, N3KN, and signing for FEMA was administrator W. Craig Fugate, KK4INZ.

The relationship between ARRL and FEMA goes back to 1984 when an MOU was inked that helped ARRL volunteers coordinate their services with emergency management at all levels of government. The 2003 SoA demonstrates the ARRL's commitment to community emergency preparedness through the Citizens Corps programs. The new MoA builds on 30 years of cooperation and collaboration between ARRL and FEMA as well as the League's commitment to Citizens Corps.

The full MOA may be downloaded here: FEMA - ARRL 2014 MOA

Friday, July 18, 2014

WI FirstNet Newsletter - July 2014

Please find the very first newsletter dedicated to the Public Safety Broadband Wireless project in Wisconsin. It may be found here: WI FirstNet Newsletter - July 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014

Request for comments on Model City for Demonstrating and Evaluating Advanced Spectrum Sharing Technologies

NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission’s FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) issue this Joint Public Notice to seek public comment on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recommendation that the Secretary of Commerce establish a public-private partnership to facilitate the creation of an urban test city that would support rapid experimentation and development of policies, underlying technologies, and system capabilities for advanced, dynamic spectrum sharing. The test services (referenced herein as a “Model City”) for demonstrating and evaluating advanced spectrum sharing technologies could include large-scale sustainable facilities for systems-level testing in real-world environments across multiple frequency bands, including public safety and selected federal bands.

Through this Joint Public Notice, NTIA and OET seek to promote the Model City concept in conjunction with: (1) the new Center for Advanced Communications established by NTIA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and (2) the FCC’s existing experimental licensing program.

Comments will be due 45 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register.