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Monday, December 15, 2014
FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - December 15, 2014
From the States and PSAC Organizations
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Additionally, it appears that the Board meeting may have shifted attention away from the IG report and toward FirstNet priorities and activities. The day after the IG report saw several stories posted on key developments from the Board meeting, including the focus on consultation and Jeff Johnson’s appointment as Vice Chair. We will continue to monitor any developments from the IG report, but as of today, we are not aware of any follow-up stories in production. Recent Board meeting articles include the following:
TR Daily (Summary): FirstNet Officials Stress Importance of Consultation Through Process
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials today stressed the importance of consulting with states and others in the public safety community throughout its process of planning and deploying a nationwide public safety broadband network, not just until it issues a comprehensive network request for proposals (RFP) and completes state plans and states decide whether to build their own radio access network (RAN). “We have to continue to consult,” acting General Manager TJ Kennedy said at FirstNet board’s meeting in Salt Lake City. “Consultation’s an ongoing effort.”
Communications Daily (Summary): FirstNet's Attention Mostly Focused on Pending Request for Proposal, GM Says
Outreach and a pending request for proposal as FirstNet builds a network is dominating the time and attention of staff, acting General Manager TJ Kennedy told the FirstNet board Wednesday. “Almost everything else that we do in FirstNet supports these two efforts,” Kennedy said. The day after the release of a Commerce Department Inspector General report on irregularities at FirstNet (see 1412090043), the board met Wednesday, with members stressing the progress that has been made so far by the authority, established by the 2012 spectrum law. Kennedy said he's encouraged by the high totals of provisionally winning bids in the FCC’s AWS-3 auction. While bidding in the auction has slowed, it topped $43 billion Wednesday. There has been “lots of vigorous bidding,” said Kennedy. The results “give us great confidence that we’re now going to be funded for our initial $7 billion worth of funding,” he said.
Radio Resource: FirstNet Continues on Outreach and Consultation Path, Highlights RFI Findings
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) continues on its path of outreach and consultations with states and provided a presentation highlighting findings from its recent request for information (RFI) and public notice process during its Dec. 10 board meeting. Acting Executive Director TJ Kennedy said everything FirstNet is doing is focused on the consultation process and acquisition and request for proposals (RFP) process. “Everything we are doing is focused on this,” Kennedy said. “The two things work together. The two must go hand in hand.” Jeff Johnson, FirstNet board member and newly named
Government Technology: FirstNet CTO Ali Afrashteh Resigns
FirstNet lost another key member of its leadership this month. The leadership shuffle at the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) continues. Former FirstNet Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Ali Afrashteh has resigned, FirstNet confirmed this week. Afrashteh cited “personal reasons,” and FirstNet said it wished Afrashteh a “speedy recovery.”
Social media discussions focused on the main news stories of the week – including the Politico story about whether more AWS auction funding should go to FirstNet; the IG Report; and Board meetings. Sue’s blog response to the IG Report was referenced on social media and in news articles. The “A Message from the FirstNet Chair” received 327 views within the two days, which is more than triple the amount of normal blog views in the first couple days of being posted. The FirstNet Twitter account now has more than 1,306 followers, and the LinkedIn account has more than 384 followers.
The Board meeting generated a lot of interest and engagement over Twitter, with several stakeholders retweeting FirstNet messages and some reporters tweeting real-time quotes from Board members during the meeting. We also posted a number of blogs over the past week, including stories about our environmental scoping program; the NJ BTOP project; and introducing new members to the technical team. Our blog posts from this week can be found at: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. We have a number of blogs in the queue for the next week to keep the dialogue moving forward on other key issues (i.e., Florida consultation, the New Mexico BTOP, recent meetings with Canadian public safety officials; meeting with Dallas public safety officials).
Monday, October 06, 2014
Fall SWIC NewsletterThe Fall edition of the SWIC Newsletter has been released. It contains valuable information regarding various OEC programs which support SWIC activities, as well as content provided by SWICs Steve Noel (OR), Chuck Murph (AL), Craig Allen (IA), and Brandon Smith (VA).
Friday, October 03, 2014
2014 SWIC Success StoriesThe 2014 SWIC Success Stories have been released which were developed in collaboration with the joint SAFECOM Funding and Sustainment Committee and the NCSWIC Sustainment Working Group. This document highlights States’ successes as a result of resent SWIC’s efforts. These individual stories are just a snapshot of SWIC achievements in 2014.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
WI FirstNet Newsletter - October 2014
Please find the second newsletter dedicated to the Public Safety Broadband Wireless project in Wisconsin. It may be found here: October 2014 WI FirstNet Newsletter
Thursday, October 02, 2014
FCC Update for the Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB)
· 700 MHz Narrowband R&O Latest Update: The Commission has been receiving waiver requests seeking relief from the December 31, 2016, 700 MHz narrowbanding deadline. The FCC and the Public Safety Bureau have been hard at work and focused on releasing this rulemaking as soon as possible.
· FCC Announces Agenda for October Open Meeting: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the following items will be on the tentative agenda for the next open meeting scheduled for Friday, October 17, 2014:
· Fake Cell Towers: FCC rules prohibit the intentional or willful interception of cellular communications. The FCC is aware of stories in the media regarding these devices and has put together a team to look into the facts surrounding these allegations.
· 700 MHz Mexico and Canada Cross-Border Agreements: In September 2012, Cofetel announced its recommendation that Mexico adopt the 700 MHz Asia Pacific (APT) band plan, which raises interference concerns for the U.S. In 2013, Mexico replaced Cofetel with a new regulatory agency, IFETEL, but this is unlikely to change Mexico’s position on 700 MHz.
· 911 – Non-Service Initialized Cellphones: The Bureau has been working this issue and plans to release a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlining a potential course of action and will seek public comment.
Chronological Overview of Recent FCC Public Safety Related Releases
October 1: Workshop on Tower Climber Safety and Injury Prevention: http://www.fcc.gov/document/pn-announcing-agenda-tower-climber-safety-workshop
September 16: Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Announces Comment and Reply Comment Dates for the Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Text-to-911 Proceeding.
Comment Date: October 16, 2014
Reply Comment Date: November 17, 2014
For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Dana Zelman, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Policy and Licensing Division, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-418-0546.
The Rulemaking is attached to this email. Here’s the notice that accompanied the release of the rulemaking in August:
Building on the Progress of Large Wireless Carriers,
FCC Establishes Timetable for Remaining Text Messaging Providers to Support Text-to-911
Washington, D.C. –The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules requiring text messaging providers to enable Americans to text 911 in an emergency. Building on commitments made by America’s four largest wireless carriers to support text-to-911 by May 2014, the new rules will ensure that all remaining wireless carriers and certain IP-based text application providers are prepared to support text-to-911 by the end of the year. After that time, if a 911 call center requests text-to-911, text messaging providers will have six months to deploy the service in that area.
Today’s action will make text-to-911 more uniformly available and keeps pace with how Americans communicate. Reports indicate that more than 7 out of 10 cell phone users send or receive text messages. Text messaging is also widely used by Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities.
The Commission’s text-to-911 requirements apply to wireless carriers and “interconnected” text messaging providers (i.e., those which enable consumers to send text messages to and from U.S. phone numbers). This includes providers of “over the top” applications that support texting to and from phone numbers but not, for example, messaging apps that only support communications among users of games or social media.
The Commission also adopted a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on the continued evolution of text-to-911, including the delivery of location information and support for text-to-911 when roaming.
Although text-to-911 availability is currently limited, it is rapidly expanding. More than one hundred 911 call centers serving portions of 16 states and two entire states (Vermont and Maine) are now accepting emergency texts, and there are already reports of lives saved. To help protect consumers as text-to-911 is deployed, the Commission previously adopted rules requiring text messaging providers to send an automatic “bounce-back” text message to consumers who try to text 911 where the service is not available.
Text-to-911 can provide a lifesaving alternative in a number of different situations, such as where a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, or has a speech disability is unable to make a voice call; where voice networks are congested; or where a 911 voice call could endanger the caller. Approximately 48 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing, and approximately 7.5 million Americans have speech disabilities. However text-to-911 is a complement to, not a substitute for, existing voice-based 911 service, so consumers should make a voice call to contact 911 during an emergency when possible; consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled should use relay services or other existing methods to contact 911 if text-to-911 is unavailable.
Action by the Commission August 8, 2014, by Second Report and Order and Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 14-118). Chairman Wheeler and Commissioner Rosenworcel, Commissioner Clyburn approving in part and dissenting in part, Commissioner Pai dissenting and Commissioner O’Rielly concurring in part and dissenting in part. Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly issuing statements.