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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.


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 6, 2016

FirstNet News

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

  • This week, FirstNet is participating in the Summer 2016 PSAC Meeting and the PSCR 2016 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting in San Diego, California; the North Dakota 9-1-1 Association Quarterly Meeting in Bismarck; the 2016 Inter-Tribal Emergency Management Coalition Summit in Durant, Oklahoma; a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; an intertribal meeting in Indian Township, Maine; a California Nations Indian Gaming Association Board meeting in San Diego, California; the New Hampshire Emergency Management Conference in Manchester; the Montana Fire Alliance Annual Meeting in Anaconda; and state Governance Body Meetings in Nevada (Reno), Kansas (Topeka), and Montana (Helena).

  • Last week, FirstNet conducted a Washington State Quality of Service, Priority, & Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) Pilot in Seattle with about 40 attendees from Washington OneNet and SPOCs from Region 10. The FirstNet team gathered feedback from stakeholders to help inform future QPP network policies and learn about the unique needs of the public safety community. Some of the items discussed included the QPP CTT timeline, the conceptual QPP framework, priority and preemption, and responder roles versus broadband needs.  A robust dialogue ensued between attendees and FirstNet, with meeting participants posing questions about local control of the network, the different network states, and the prioritization of users, devices, and applications in real-world scenarios.  FirstNet collected valuable feedback ahead of the anticipated regional QPP CTT engagements that will take place across the nation, including the Region 10 engagement planned for August.

  • Last Thursday, FirstNet continued its participation in state Governance Body Consultation Meetings  by conducting presentations to the Delaware Broadband Working Group and the Illinois FirstNet Working Group, having now completed 18 Governance Body Consultation Meetings.

  • On June 2, FirstNet posted a new entry on its blog: Metro Fire Chiefs Conference Highlights Benefits of Public Safety Data.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

  • FirstNet was busy last week preparing for today’s Summer 2016 Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) Meeting at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California (owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida).  Highlights and strategic outcomes from the event will be included in next week’s update.

 

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 6/2: FirstNet’s bidding deadline has passed—what we know now

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-bidding-deadline-has-passed-what-we-know-now

“The deadline for proposals has now closed. We are moving forward in the evaluation process. We are excited to have met this major RFP milestone and remain on track to award in November.” This cryptic statement was all that FirstNet provided on Tuesday afternoon, hours after the deadline passed for offeror teams to submit proposals to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow at a steady pace.  Twitter gained over 22 new followers and is now at 3,736 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,534 followers.  YouTube now has 282 subscribers.


Wednesday, June 01, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 31, 2016

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet CEO Mike Poth has released a blog post in which he outlines the key steps that have been taken to develop the RFP, including those leading up to today’s proposal deadline.  He also previews FirstNet’s top priorities over the next several months during the evaluation period, including continued outreach with public safety; preparing for the delivery of State Plans; assisting public safety incumbents through our spectrum relocation grant program; further developing network policies; and positioning our organization for the network partnership.

·         FirstNet is accepting applications for a Region 9 Lead, which closes Friday, June 3 and a State Plans team member, which closes Monday, June 6:

                Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist (Public Safety) (ZP-0089-04)

Link to Consultation vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2016-0119 

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 one of the counties or cities within Arizona, California or Nevada.

Link to State Plans vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2016-0120 

                This is a remote worker position.  The employee will telework full-time from their residence.

·         FirstNet participated in a joint meeting of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and FBI National Executive Institute Associates (NEIA) in New York City last week. During the MCCA plenary session, attended by approximately 50 chiefs, FirstNet provided an update on FirstNet progress and the importance of public safety leaders being prepared for the network that is coming to all of their states and cities. The Atlanta and Montgomery County police chiefs both shared how valuable they found the recent FirstNet metro engagements and leadership briefings they received, and they encouraged other chiefs to consider hosting these sessions in their own cities.

·         FirstNet also participated in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Information Management Conference in Dallas, Texas, where they presented with Louisiana SPOC Col. Mike Edmonson on key project milestones, current activities associated with the RFP, and planned consultation activities for the remainder of 2016. Col. Edmonson focused on his experience with past disasters and use case data that has informed FirstNet planning. FirstNet also participated in an early builder panel discussion at the conference.

·         FirstNet continued its participation in State Governance Body Consultation Meetings last week, with presentations to the Maine Interoperable Communications Committee and the Minnesota Statewide Emergency Communications Board, having now completed 16 Governance Body Consultation Meetings.

·         On May 21, FirstNet posted a new entry on its blog: FirstNet Board Member Sherriff Stanek Message to Law Enforcement for Police Week 2016. 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 the National Association of State Technology Directors’ Western Region Seminar in Jackson, Wyoming; the Wyoming Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee Conference in Cheyenne; the Connecticut EMS Expo in Norwich; Programmatic Environmental Impact Assessment public meetings in Burlington (VT), Richmond (VA), Manchester (NH), and Charleston (WV); a Washington State OneNet QPP CTT Workshop in Seattle; the Delaware Governance Body Meeting in Dover; and the Illinois Governance Body Meeting via webinar.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The PSAC Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) task team met on Tuesday, May 17 to review draft User Attributes by public safety discipline in addition to Federated Identity.

·         Final preparations are underway for the next in-person PSAC meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 6 at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California. The PSAC meeting will be open to the public from 8:00 am – 10:00 am PST. Please see the following link for additional information and instructions to RSVP.   http://www.firstnet.gov/news/firstnet-hold-public-meeting-public-safety-advisory-committee

 

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 5/26: Get ready to adapt, because a flood of critical-communications changes are coming

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/get-ready-adapt-because-flood-critical-communications-changes-are-coming

FirstNet: Tuesday is the deadline for proposals from offeror teams seeking the right to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network. Meanwhile, similar public-safety LTE initiatives are at various stages of deployment throughout the world, meaning public-safety finally will have a chance to benefit from a global ecosystem.

 

Mohave Valley Daily News 5/27: County LEPC to get update on brush fires

http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/county-lepc-to-get-update-on-brush-fires/article_01585b8a-23dd-11e6-a4b1-372f31cdf107.html

The committee will also hear a report about the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet Broadband, exercise that would provide high speed wireless broadband network coverage for local, tribal and federal lands in the event of an emergency. The exercise involves building up internet coverage in the event of an emergency at the Grand Canyon West and Hualapai tribal lands.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow at a steady pace.  Twitter gained over 26 new followers and is now at 3,714 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,520 followers.  YouTube now has 278 subscribers.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 23, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Kenzie Capece, Senior Outreach Advisor, joins FirstNet from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC).  Kenzie led multiple governance, education, and outreach efforts for state and local public safety.  Prior to her Federal roles, Kenzie was a consultant on public safety grants, infrastructure protection, and homeland security policy for DHS for several years.  She is based in Reston, VA and can be reached at kenzie.capece@firstnet.gov or (202) 768-2542. 

·         FirstNet continued its participation in State Governance Body Consultation Meetings last week with presentations on May 19 in Colorado and Nebraska.  In Colorado, the FirstNet team answered questions from over 40 attendees, including local public safety and elected officials, on a variety of topics such as deployment timelines, quality assurance plans, coverage objectives, and rural coverage. In Nebraska, over 25 attendees representing multiple disciplines engaged in conversations on the State Plan process and how to get more agencies involved in the Nebraska outreach efforts.  The attendees also asked questions about the future of deployables on the network and the conditions in which they can be used.  The Nebraska Public Safety Broadband Planning Project Working Group members discussed the current process for data devices training, as well as how to establish a quality of service, priority and preemption (QPP) process for their users.  FirstNet has now completed 14 Governance Body Consultation Meetings. 

·         FirstNet continued its metropolitan engagement strategy last week with a meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.  More than 40 officials from the Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Fire Rescue, and neighboring public safety agencies engaged in an interactive discussion with FirstNet and the Georgia SPOC on the key features of the network like prioritization and cybersecurity.  In addition, FirstNet and Atlanta officials discussed the city’s Video Integration Center and how FirstNet could help officers in the field receive data from this center.

·         FirstNet staff and Board Vice Chair Jeff Johnson participated in the Metro Fire Chiefs Association Conference, which concluded last week in Long Beach, California.  During the Conference, FirstNet discussed the request for proposal (RFP), consultation, the factors that may affect the timing of public safety adoption of mission critical voice once it’s available over long term evolution (LTE), the importance of maintaining LMR in the immediate-term, and the purpose of FirstNet’s upcoming metro engagements.

·         Last week, FirstNet published a new entry on its blog: Austin-Travis County EMS Talks Broadband Benefits, ‘Why They Serve’, in response to annual Police Week and EMS Week.  Several associations amplified FirstNet’s additional Police and EMS Week materials on their websites, newsletters, and social media feeds, including the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and the National Volunteer Fire Council.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

o   To view all of our Police Week content, please see our landing page at: Police Week 2016: FirstNet Recognizes our Nation’s Law Enforcement Personnel.  

o   Our EMS week content can be viewed on this page:  EMS Week 2016: FirstNet Recognizes our Nation’s Emergency Medical Services Personnel.

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the IAFC Fire-Rescue Med 2016 in Henderson, Nevada; the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Communications and Technology Committee meeting in Dallas, Texas; the Montgomery County (MD) Police meetings in Gaithersburg, Maryland; the New York State City/County Management Association Annual Conference in Corning; the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management conference in Dallas, Texas; the Wireless Infrastructure Show 2016 in Dallas, Texas; the Maine Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) Public Meeting in Bangor; the New York PEIS Public Meeting in New York City; the Major Cities (Police) Chiefs Association (MCCA)/Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)/National Executive Institute Associates (NEIA) 2016 Joint Meeting in New York, New York; the Maine Interoperable Communications Committee (Governance Body) meeting in Augusta; the Massachusetts PEIS Public Meeting in Boston; the Connecticut PEIS Public Meeting in New Haven; the Minnesota Governance Body meeting in Shoreview; the Rhode Island PEIS Public Meeting in Providence; the New York PEIS Public Meeting in Albany; and the Vermont Chiefs of Police Association/Vermont Sheriffs Association joint meeting in Fairlee.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The PSAC Local Control task team met on Thursday, May 19 to discuss onboarding.  They will next meet on Thursday, June 16 to discuss their final initial recommendations for review by the full PSAC.

·         The PSAC Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) task team will meet on Tuesday, May 24 to wrap up its discussion of federation.

·         Preparations are underway for the next in-person PSAC meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 6 in San Diego, California.  Thank you to those who have registered.  An agenda is forthcoming.

 

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.

 

Fierce Wireless Tech 5/18: Wells Fargo analysts: Don't forget the wildcard that is FirstNet

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/wells-fargo-analysts-dont-forget-wildcard-firstnet/2016-05-18

Analysts at Well Fargo Securities are reminding investors that the winner of the FirstNet contract will get access to 20 MHz of nationwide 700 MHz spectrum in the upper D block – representing one of the last ways for carriers to get access to new spectrum outside the secondary market. FirstNet's deadline to submit final RFP proposals is May 31, and bidding for the FCC's reverse auction of 600 MHz airwaves is slated to start the same day.

 

MissionCritical Communications 5/16: FirstNet Completes 55 SPOC Engagement Meetings in 4 Months

http://www.mccmag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/14269

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) completed 55 state single points of contact (SPOC) engagement meetings between January and April. The meetings re-engaged FirstNet officials with the SPOCs and their leadership teams to lay the groundwork for the remainder of consultation activities in 2016 and future state plans.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow at a steady pace.  Twitter gained over 45 new followers and is now at 3,675 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,513 followers.  YouTube now has 272 subscribers.