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Monday, July 11, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 11, 2016

FirstNet News  

·         The Federal Consultation Team met last week with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Public Safety Communications Working Group and, along with FirstNet CTO staff, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) CIO, providing updates on current FirstNet activities and other topics such as the current vision for the application and device ecosystem.

 

·         This week, FirstNet Board Member Governor Jim Douglas and Director of Government Affairs Edward Parkinson are traveling to Des Moines, Iowa for the annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA). Currently 30 governors are scheduled to attend, and both presumptive Presidential nominees have been invited.

 

·         Also this week, FirstNet is participating in the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association Southeast Regional Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia; the Alaska Governance Workshop in Anchorage; the Region 5 quality of service, priority and preemption (QPP) consultation task team (CTT) meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota; the New York State Chiefs of Police Summer Meeting in Buffalo; the 2016 First Responder Resource Group conference in Washington, DC; the Florida EMS ClinCon in Orlando; the West Virginia Governance Body meeting in Sutton; the Oklahoma Governance Body meeting in Oklahoma City; the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Interior Budget Council meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota; the Virginia Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability-Region II meeting in Culpepper; the Arizona Fire Chiefs 2016 Fire & EMS Leadership conference in Glendale; the Tennessee EMS Education Association conference in Murfreesboro; and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blog entries: Connecting with the Public Safety Community Through Social Media and FirstNet Outlines Key Steps for Development of State Plans, Interoperability Requirements. All blog posts can also be accessed at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.


Safer Buildings Coalition 07/07: FirstNet Bid Update – Marching Forward

http://saferbuildings.org/firstnet-gears-accelerated-march-forward/

The window for bidding in the First Responder Network Authority’s request for proposals has closed, evaluations are underway and a contract is expected to be awarded by early November if all goes as hoped. The brain-storming phase of the planned nationwide network is morphing into the doing phase, and FirstNet officials are warning that the next 18 months will be a whirlwind of activity and decisions. As momentum surrounding the FirstNet bid gathers, there will be more integral involvement from players in the federal sector, new task teams launched and accelerated outreach to the states and major metropolitan areas to get the right message out to the front lines.

 

Homeland Preparedness News 07/06: FirstNet prepares for deployment of nationwide public safety broadband network

https://homelandprepnews.com/countermeasures/19193-firstnet-prepares-deployment-nationwide-public-safety-broadband-network/

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) moved forward on Friday with its preparations for a public-private partnership to deploy and operate a nationwide public safety broadband network. During their meeting in Chicago, the FirstNet board of directors provided strategic guidance for the overall plan and indicated that deployment remains on track for November.

 

The National Law Review 07/05: FirstNet Resolutions

http://www.natlawreview.com/article/incentive-auction-update-foreign-ownership-enforcement-robocalls-firstnet

Last week the Board of Directors of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) met in Chicago, Illinois and adopted resolutions approving a new five-year lease for its technical headquarters in Boulder, Colorado and updated the charter for the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).  FirstNet’s leadership also provided strategic guidance to position itself for a public-private partnership and eventual deployment of the network following the award of the contract, which remains on track for November 2016.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow.  Facebook has 193 followers, Twitter gained 10 new followers and is now at 3,870 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,596 followers.  YouTube now has 290 subscribers.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 5, 2016

FirstNet News  

·         FirstNet held an open public joint meeting of the FirstNet Governance and Personnel, Finance, Technology, and Consultation and Outreach Committees on June 29 in Chicago, Illinois, followed the next day by an open public meeting of the full FirstNet Board. Additional details can be found in the press release on the FirstNet website.

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 28 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings, with a presentation to the Utah Communications Authority (UCA) in Sandy on June 28. The meeting was attended by roughly 40 public safety representatives from various local, state, and tribal organizations, including the Governor's General Counsel, the Director of the Utah Department of Indian Affairs, Paul Patrick (PSAC Member representing the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMO)), and numerous police and fire chiefs from around the state. Questions centered on general timelines for adoption, the Governor's decision, land mobile radio (LMR) vs. long-term evolution (LTE) networks, rural vs. urban build-out processes, and FirstNet network coverage, user costs, and sustainability.

 

·         On June 29, FirstNet held the Region I Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meeting with more than 25 public safety representatives from across multiple jurisdictions and disciplines. Participants focused largely on the definition of network users and how those definitions would play out operationally during an incident, while others provided valuable feedback regarding how they envisioned different users utilizing the FirstNet network.

 

That same day, FirstNet hosted a QPP CTT webinar with five Nevada public safety officials. The discussion focused on the different network states, the effect of user devices on cell sectors, and the provisioning of QPP profiles to meet Nevada’s needs. Participants also expressed a desire to receive training on the network and possibly conduct a scenario-based exercise.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet staff provided updates to approximately 30 attendees representing metropolitan areas at the National Homeland Security Conference in Tampa, Florida. Specifically, the staff discussed the path to network deployment, status of the PSAC and its membership, device compatibility, applications, and potential uses of the FirstNet network for public safety.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet attended OhioFirst.Net’s LTE Pilot Media Day in Beavercreek and spoke to the group, including industry representatives, about the origins of FirstNet, what the network promises from a national perspective, and various LTE topics. The media day also provided FirstNet with an opportunity to talk with the two co-state single points of contact (SPOCs) for Ohio.

 

·         FirstNet posted a new blog by Rich Reed, Chief Customer Officer, on the goals of the new Chief Customer Office (CCO). All blog posts can also be accessed at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog

 

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in a meeting with the Maryland SPOC and other state officials in Annapolis; the Virginia Regional preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability – Region V meeting in Chesapeake; a discussion with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Washington, DC; a Virginia Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security meeting in Richmond; and the Nebraska EMS Conference in Kearney.

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.


Urgent Comms 6/30: FirstNet announces new staff positions as organization prepares for post-award challenges

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-announces-new-staff-positions-organization-prepares-post-award-challenges

FirstNet this week took steps to begin the transition from a startup organization focused on the procurement process to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network to one that is prepared to deliver services to first-responder customers, including the establishment of two new units.

 

Urgent Comms 6/28: Big-picture question about FirstNet’s commercial role bubbles to the surface

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface

During last week’s hearing about FirstNet, U.S. senators focused on the need to address rural issues, including topics like deployment timelines and coverage for first responders in sparsely populated areas—geographic regions that tend to be served last by the commercial space, if they are served at all. Given this commercial history and the fact that FirstNet is in the process of selecting a team of commercial partners, the senators’ desire to protect rural public-safety users is understandable. However, Congress did a good job protecting those interests by including rural-coverage requirements in the legislation that established FirstNet.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow.  Facebook has 181 followers, Twitter gained 20 new followers and is now at 3,861 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,589 followers.  YouTube now has 286 subscribers.
Monday, June 27, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 27, 2016

FirstNet News  

·         The FirstNet Board will convene an open public meeting on June 30, 2016 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. CST, preceded by an open public meeting of the FirstNet Governance and Personnel, Finance, Technology, and Consultation and Outreach Committees on June 29, 2016 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. CST. The meetings will be held at 172 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 and available via webcast on the FirstNet website. For more information click here

·         FirstNet published a new entry on its blog: Smart Response for Smart Cities, which included a companion video explaining how the FirstNet Network will support Smart City initiatives, including the Internet of Things.  All blog posts can also be accessed at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog

·         FirstNet has now completed 27 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings, with meetings in Ohio, New Mexico, and the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) last week. Discussions at these engagements focused on the opt-in/opt-out decision and timeline, sustainability and coverage of the FirstNet network, the deployment process, subscription and device costs, and user fees in both rural and urban areas. These meetings have increasingly been paired with metropolitan and executive consultation elements, in addition to Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meetings. Region VI held its QPP CTT engagement following the New Mexico Governance Body meeting, which included 30 public safety representatives.

·         Last week, FirstNet participated in a meeting of the Canada-United States Communications Interoperability Working Group in Ottawa, Canada. The meeting was co-chaired by Public Safety Canada and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with representation from the Federal Communications Commission, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, Canadian Border Services, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, amongst others.

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the Idaho FirstNet planning committee meeting in Fort Hall; Ohio FirstNet long term evolution (LTE) Pilot Media Day in Beavercreek; the National Homeland Security Conference in Tampa, Florida; the Utah Governance Body meeting in Sandy; Chicago Police and Fire Department meetings; a Pennsylvania North Central Regional Task Force meeting in Williamsport; the Region 1 QPP CTT meeting in Framingham, Massachusetts; the Washington-Allegany-Garrett Interoperability Network Committee briefing in Cumberland, Maryland; the FirstNet Committee and Board meetings in Chicago, Illinois; the Virginia Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability (RPAC-I) Region 7 meeting in Fairfax; and the Missouri EMS Association meeting in Lake of the Ozarks.

 

News from the PSAC

·         The Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) and Local Control Task Teams are on track to submit their final recommendations to FirstNet via the PSAC Executive Committee (EC) no later than July 28, 2016.

·         Last week, FirstNet attended two major law enforcement events in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Board member Sheriff Rich Stanek attended the Major County Sheriffs’ Association Summer Meeting in his capacity as the group’s Vice President for Homeland Security, providing updates on FirstNet to the Homeland Security Committee. Sheriff Stanek, Ehrin Ehlert, and PSAC Chair Chief (Ret.) Harlin McEwen also attended the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference, and presented at multiple committee meetings including the Emerging Technology and Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Committee.

·         Also engaging the law enforcement community, Chief McEwen and Amanda Hilliard provided FirstNet and PSAC updates to over 100 attendees representing 48 states and territories (primarily state police), approximately 15 federal agencies, and Canada at The International Justice and Public Safety network (Nlets) 49th Annual Business Meeting. Approximately half of the state attendees indicated participation in state FirstNet planning efforts.

·         FirstNet President TJ Kennedy provided a brief FirstNet update to the Criminal & Social Justice Committee at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 84th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. In his remarks, President Kennedy stressed the importance of Mayors’ participation to gain support for network deployment and encourage service adoption.

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.


Urgent Communications 6/23:  If FirstNet is Not the Answer, Does Someone Have a Better Alternative?

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/if-firstnet-not-answer-does-someone-have-better-alternative

If this was a typical government program built on the notion that it would return to Congress and seek additional funding, there might be an argument to kill FirstNet. But that’s not the case. If a contractor performs in the manner outlined in the RFP, FirstNet should be self-sustaining for 25 years.  In other words, FirstNet should require no more taxpayer funding for the next 25 years, as a result of a public-private partnership agreement. Isn’t that what every Republican—and every taxpayer—wants from a government initiative?

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow.  Facebook has 172 followers, Twitter gained 45 new followers and is now at 3,842 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,577 followers.  YouTube now has 286 subscribers.


Monday, June 20, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 20, 2016

FirstNet News  

·         FirstNet CEO Mike Poth will be testifying tomorrow at the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet hearing titled, “FirstNet Oversight: An Update on the Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network.”  The hearing will start at 9:30 AM EST.  Other witnesses at the hearing include Mr. Jeffrey McLeod, Director of Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, National Governors Association; Major General Arthur J. Logan, Single Point of Contact (SPOC), State of Hawaii and Hawaii Adjutant General; and Mr. Andrew Katsaros, Assistant Inspector General for Audit, U.S. Department of Commerce.  To watch the webcast, please visit this page for more information:  http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/6/firstnet-oversight-an-update-on-the-status-of-the-public-safety-broadband-network.

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 23 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with meetings in Kansas, Missouri, and Wyoming last week. Discussions at these engagements focused on the request for proposal (RFP) process, State Plans, the opt-in/opt-out decision and timeline, sustainability and coverage of the FirstNet network, the deployment process, subscription and device costs, and voice capabilities.

·         Last week, CEO Mike Poth and Ed Parkinson attended the Western Governors Association (WGA) meeting in Wyoming. 10 governors, along with their senior policy advisors and Chiefs of Staff, attended, providing FirstNet the opportunity to discuss with them opt-in/out, revenue and rural coverage.

·         Supporting tribal engagement, FirstNet staff joined the Maine FirstNet team to meet with several Maine tribal representatives in Indian Township, Maine. The meeting was attended by the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribal Nations public safety, emergency management, and tribal leadership. Most of the discussion addressed coverage objectives, current communications challenges, and the variety of public state response capabilities and operations supported. The Passamaquoddy Tribal Governor/Chief also met with the delegation during the visit.

·         Last week, FirstNet published two new entries on its blog, including a repost from EMS World Magazine, Building the Internet of Lifesaving Things, and PSCR Conference 2016 Showcases Global Advancements in Public Safety Broadband.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in Canada US (CANUS) Communications Interoperability Working Group (CIWG) meeting in Ottawa, Canada; the New Mexico Public Safety Forum in Albuquerque; the Northern Mariana Islands Governance Body meeting in Saipan; the Pennsylvania Northwest Regional meeting in Meadville; a National 911 Program webinar on the state of 9-1-1; the Ohio Governance Body Meeting and Executive Meetings in Columbus; the Pennsylvania Northwest Central Regional meeting in Ridgeway; the Region VI quality of service, priority and preemption (QPP) CTT meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Major County Sheriffs’ Association Summer Meeting and National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Washington State Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)/NENA Public Safety Communications Conference in Kennewick; the International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets) annual business meeting in St. Pete Beach, Florida; the Pennsylvania Southwestern Regional meeting in Pittsburgh; the New England Fire, Rescue and EMS Conference in Mashantucket, Connecticut; and the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

 

·         The Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) and Local Control task teams held their final meetings last week. Both task teams are on track to submit their final recommendations to FirstNet via the PSAC Executive Committee (EC) no later than July 28, 2016.

·         The PSAC Executive Committee (EC) is holding its monthly meeting on Monday, June 20.

·         The EBWG is holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 22, to discuss project updates and share lessons learned.

 

Media Watch

 

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.


Urgent Comm 6/16: pdvWireless announces bid for FirstNet, belief that FCC will release NOI on 900 MHz broadband proposal

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/pdvwireless-announces-bid-firstnet-belief-fcc-will-release-noi-900-m

Officials for pdvWireless this week confirmed the company’s much-rumored bid to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) for FirstNet and expressed “frustration and disappointment” with the FCC regarding a proceeding centered around a pdvWireless proposal to transform 900 MHz LMR spectrum to broadband use.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow.  Facebook has 156 followers, Twitter gained 40 new followers and is now at 3,796 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,568 followers.  YouTube now has 285 subscribers.


Monday, June 13, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 13, 2016

FirstNet News

·         The PSAC met on June 6 in San Diego, California, with the morning session open to the public and available via webcast. During the public session, Board members and FirstNet leadership provided updates on the FirstNet Roadmap, identifying completed and upcoming project milestones. Additionally, PSAC Task Team Chairs provided updates on the progress of the Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) and Local Control task teams ahead of their final recommendations to FirstNet this summer. The PSAC Working Group Chairs spoke about the activities of the Early Builders and Tribal working groups, and PSAC Chair Harlin McEwen announced the upcoming formation of the Federal Working Group, which will provide an opportunity to further engage federal public safety stakeholders. The afternoon’s closed sessions featured updates from the FirstNet Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program, as well as discussion of state/territory and federal consultation efforts, the State Plan process, and potential future PSAC taskings. Members expressed interest in future taskings related to video streaming policies and the addition of a FirstNet presence in the nationwide Communications Unit governance structure currently in development.  

·         Last week, FirstNet staff and leadership participated in the PSCR Conference, with FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson and CTO Jeff Bratcher providing keynote speeches. Sue Swenson discussed the strides FirstNet has made over the last year, including further building the organization, continued outreach to public safety, and releasing the request for proposal (RFP) for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network. She emphasized that important work still remains and urged everyone to plan for the excellent operation of public safety’s network. Harlin McEwen joined a panel to discuss identity management, and Jeff Bratcher spoke on international public safety LTE deployment efforts with other experts from the UK, South Korea, and Canada. Other panels and keynotes at the conference focused on ways for public safety and industry to engage with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Public Safety Innovation Accelerator for R&D prizes and competitions, as well as current research on Mission Critical Push-to-Talk standards, audio quality, location based-information and services, and cybersecurity. 

·         FirstNet continued its participation in State Governance Body Consultation Meetings last week with presentations in Montana and Nevada. On June 6, FirstNet delivered a presentation to the Nevada Public Safety Communications Committee in Carson City. The meeting was attended by about 40 public safety personnel from different agencies across Nevada. FirstNet fielded questions related to priority and preemption, local control, and subscription and device costs. Participants also inquired about FirstNet’s intent to leverage extensive federal infrastructure in the state, as well as the prospect of ensuring coverage in rural and tribal areas. On June 9, FirstNet presented to the Montana Statewide Interoperability Governing Board. The meeting was attended by over 25 public safety representatives from multi-jurisdictional disciplines, the Governor’s office, and local government. Questions centered on rural coverage, LMR, and phases of the network build-out. The Montana SPOC team is looking forward to hosting the Region 8 Consultation Task Team in Bozeman this summer. FirstNet has now completed 20 Governance Body Consultation Meetings.

·         Also last week, FirstNet staff attended the June meeting of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) held in San Diego. FirstNet staff provided a brief overview and update on FirstNet to over 30 tribal government leaders in attendance. Shortly thereafter, the following resolution of support was put forward by the group’s executive board: “CNIGA board strongly encourages California Governor, Jerry Brown and California Office of Emergency Services Director, Mark Ghilarducci to support the adoption of the FirstNet Network to expand the mission critical data capabilities and resources available to public safety across California.” The resolution was approved unanimously by the CNIGA membership.

·         FirstNet is expanding its outreach and is now on Facebook!  We are public safety organizations to like our page – please search “FirstNetGov” on Facebook or click on this link:  www.facebook.com/firstnetgov.  We will use our Facebook page to highlight the work of public safety personnel across the country and the benefits of using broadband technologies.

·         FirstNet is accepting applications for a consultation lead  for the U.S. Territories – West, located in Region 9, which closes Friday, June 17:

Link to vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2016-0127

This is a remote worker position.  The employee will telework full-time from their residence; therefore, applicants must reside, or be willing to relocate at their own expense, to American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, or Northern Marian Islands.

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the Montana Fire Alliance Annual meeting in Anaconda; the National Association of State 9-1-1 Coordinators Annual Meeting and the National Emergency Number Association 2016 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Western Governors Association 2016 Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Annual Conference in Springfield; the Smart Cities Innovation Summit in Austin, Texas; the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Public Safety Committee teleconference call; the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Region 19 700/800MHz Committee meeting in Putney, Vermont; the Federal Geographic Data Committee meeting in Washington, DC; the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) public meeting in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; the Michigan 5th District Medical Response Coalition in Kalamazoo; the Intelligent Transportation Society America 2016 Conference in Sacramento, California; the District of Columbia/Federal Public Safety Agencies Communications/Interoperability Summit in Washington, DC; the Render Safe Communications Working Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the Maine Intertribal Meeting in Indian Township; the Wyoming Governance Body meeting in Riverton; the Missouri Governance Body meeting in Jefferson City; the Kansas Governance Body meeting in Topeka; the PEIS public meeting in Trenton, New Jersey; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 1 Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG) meeting in Maynard, Massachusetts; the 2016 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) International HAZMAT Response Teams conference in Baltimore, Maryland; the PEIS public meeting in Dover, Delaware; and the Rocky Mountain Trauma Conference in Denver, Colorado.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

 

·         The ICAM and Local Control task teams have their final meetings this week, on June 14 and June 16, respectively. Both task teams are still on track to submit their final recommendations to FirstNet via the PSAC Executive Committee (EC) by July 28, 2016.

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Fortune 6/7: Wireless Companies Join Tech and Security Firms for Big Bid on Emergency Spectrum

http://fortune.com/2016/06/07/firstnet-rivada/

Companies spanning the telecom, tech, and security industries announced a partnership on Tuesday that seeks to win a $6.5 billion contract to build a national emergency network. Their bid also contains a major economic twist that could, if successful, see the companies shake up how companies buy and sell precious wireless spectrum.

 

Urgent Communications 6/8: Swenson says FirstNet received bids, system cannot be 'just any other network'

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/swenson-says-firstnet-received-bids-system-cannot-be-just-any-other-network

SAN DIEGO—Now that FirstNet has received bids from offeror teams willing to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network, the organization must prepare to be “absolutely excellent” in its service to its first-responder users, FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson said yesterday.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow at a steady pace.  Twitter gained over 35 new followers and is now at 3,756 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,545 followers.  YouTube now has 285 subscribers. The “soft launch” of FirstNet’s Facebook page has already gained 120 followers.