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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - February 23, 2015

FirstNet News

·         The User Advocacy team conducted the Delaware initial consultation meeting with 34 public safety stakeholders on February 19.

·         Last week, Chair Sue Swenson and Governor Jim Douglas met with the National Governors Association (NGA) at the winter meeting, where 29 states and territories were represented.  They gave an excellent update to the Chiefs of Staff from around the country and were also able to meet with some Governors. This was a very productive meeting to update state leadership. Sheriff Rich Stanek participated in the Minnesota 21st Century Broadband Networks – Driving Our Future meeting.

·         Last week, FirstNet also participated in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) meeting, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Webinar: How FirstNet Can Help EMS Provide Better Patient Care, and the County Executives of America Board Meeting.

·         Federal outreach included meetings with the FEMA Grants Program Directorate staff, key Department of Justice programs and Health and Human Services staff to discuss an emergency coordination grants coordination strategy to support FirstNet adoption. FirstNet also had the opportunity to brief the Policy and Plans Steering Group’s Spectrum Working Group on FirstNet activities.  The Policy and Plans Steering Group is convened within the Department of Commerce based upon direction given to the NTIA by Presidential Memorandum.  The group is at the Assistant Secretary level and focuses on advancing Presidential directives related to radio spectrum use and policy.

·         This week, FirstNet will be presenting at National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 9-1-1 Goes to Washington, the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters/Black Chief Officers Committee (BCOC), the NATE Unite 2015 Conference and Exposition, the National States Informational Geographic Council Conference, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Technical Operations meeting, the Region V Meeting and the IACP State Association of Chiefs and Mid-Sized Cities Combined Conference.

·         The February monthly regional SPOC/SWIC calls take place this week.

·         Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Wyoming (2/25), Arkansas (3/4), Massachusetts (3/12), Nebraska (3/18-3/19), Washington DC (3/26), South Dakota (4/1), Missouri (4/7), New York (4/20), North Carolina (4/23), South Carolina (4/30), Virgin Islands (5/19), Maine (5/20), Idaho (5/21), New Hampshire (6/9), Ohio (6/11), Vermont (6/16), Kansas (6/17), Wisconsin (6/18), California (6/23-25), Illinois (7/14), Alabama (7/15), Georgia (7/21), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/12), Indiana (8/26) and New Jersey (9/3).

·         To date, FirstNet has received completed consultation checklists from 46 of 56 states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

·         The next FirstNet Board and Committee meetings will be March 24-25 at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Washington, DC.  More information regarding registration and the agenda will be forthcoming.

 

From the States and PSAC Organizations

·         The Tribal Working Group (TWG) meeting met February 22 in Washington, DC in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Council Winter Session. The TWG developed a list of recommendations on tribal outreach, education, and inclusive strategies to ensure full participation by tribal jurisdictions in the nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network. 

·         The state of Tennessee will be holding the first of three state broadband summits on February 27 in Nashville, bringing together diverse stakeholders including public safety, education, healthcare, and economic development.  For more, visit www.connectedtn.org

 

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.

 

Traditional Media
Media coverage was heavy this week with several FirstNet stories, including Federal coordination with FirstNet; state consultation, the Early Builders network projects, and the demonstration public safety LTE network at the Alpine ski championships in Vail.  Key stories from this week include: 

 

Feds, FirstNet Build Public Safety LTE Network
http://www.fedtechmagazine.com/article/2015/02/feds-firstnet-build-first-public-safety-lte-network
OEC had spent years helping Boston’s public safety community improve emergency communications prior to the marathon. As it works today with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build the nation’s first interoperable public safety broadband network, the coordinated, multifaceted response to the Boston Marathon serves as a model for what could one day be possible nationwide.

 

Fierce Wireless Tech: Sonim Creates Public Safety Advisory Board to Focus on First Responder Needs

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/press-releases/sonim-creates-public-safety-advisory-board-focus-first-responder-needs

Board to Highlight Emergency Communication Priorities, Work toward Assuring Deployment and Operation of FirstNet Band 14. "We are so excited about being a part of a group of leaders who were fundamental in making the FirstNet network a reality. Our team will be working closely with the board to bring in additional members who have the knowledge, experience and relationships to meet the high standards and critical needs of our first responders," said Plaschke. "Ensuring that the FirstNet public safety broadband network launches is our collective priority. We're pleased to have Sonim support our efforts to make this critical network a reality," said Dowd.


Radio Resource: Public-Safety LTE Pilot Exposes Necessity of Private Network

http://74.63.161.22/onlyonline.cfm?OnlyOnlineID=509

Several themes were highlighted during a public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) pilot in the Colorado mountains last week: Public safety needs a private network for broadband, some rural communities might have greater needs for broadband than urban areas, and public-safety users quickly embrace LTE applications and devices. Colorado state and local public-safety officials, working closely with industry suppliers, deployed a band 14 700 MHz LTE demonstration network during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (FIS AWSC) Feb. 2 – 15 in Vail and Beaver Creek, two mountain ski resorts in the state. With approval from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the FCC granted a special temporary authorization (STA) to use the band 14 spectrum.


Urgent Communications: LA-RICS LTE Project Shrinks As Cities Opt Out, Refuse to Approve Sites

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety/la-rics-lte-project-shrinks-cities-opt-out-refuse-approve-sites

With its public-safety LTE system scheduled for completion in six months, the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS) has seen the scope of the deployment shrink as some member cities have opted out of the project or refused to approve sites, according to LA-RICS Executive Director Patrick Mallon…As part of the LA-RICS agreement with FirstNet, “we’re obligated to provide PSBN [public-safety broadband network] coverage to any and all public-safety entities that want to participate," Mallon said. "So, even if they’ve opted out, they have offered to let us continue to install equipment in their cities. Because of that, we anticipate that they will want to participate in the PSBN system.”

 

Social Media

Social media discussions about FirstNet focused on outreach and consultation in the states and territories, the Alpine World Ski Championship, and the recent webinar event, “How FirstNet Can Help EMS Provide Better Patient Care,” that Board Member Kevin McGinnis and Director of Outreach Amanda Hilliard participated in.  Maine SPOC Lisa Leahy commented on Twitter that the webinar was “received well by 1st responders.”

 

We posted a number of blogs this past week on outreach and consultation efforts, as well as the CTO team’s observations of the public safety LTE Network at the Alpine World Ski Championship: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/public-safety-lte-demo-network-2015-fis-alpine-world-ski-championships. The Vail blog received hundreds of views and was widely discussed over Twitter.  Additional blogs can be found here: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. The FirstNet Twitter account continues to grow steadily, with more than 1,720 followers; LinkedIn 537; Google+ 26; and YouTube has 88 subscribers. 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update – February 17, 2015

FirstNet News

·         We conducted the one and a half day Texas initial consultation meeting last week on February 11-12.  In conjunction with the Texas initial consultation meeting, local official meetings were held with Austin Mayor Stephen Adler and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and department command staff. 

·         Last week, FirstNet also participated in the NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association Telecom Executive Forum, the Pennsylvania FirstNet Southeastern Regional meeting, the Emergency Services Committee meeting of the United South & Eastern Tribes (USET) at Impact 2015 and the U.S. Forest Service Radio Executive Council meeting.

·         This week, in coordination with the NTIA State and Local Implementation Grant Program team, we will hold SPOC Data Collection preview meetings February 18 and 20, in which FirstNet will preview and solicit SPOC input on the data collection activities that would be beneficial for the SPOCs to collect to inform the Request for Proposal and State Plans.

·         Also this week, FirstNet will be participating in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) meeting, the 21st Century Broadband Networks meeting, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) webinar entitled “How FirstNet Can Help EMS Provide Better Patient Care” (register here), and the County Executives of America Board Meeting. 

·         FirstNet Federal Outreach met with the Department of the Interior’s Radio Executive Committee on February 11th, providing updates on FirstNet activities and to discuss consultation preparation of the agency with the bureau representatives.

·         The first in person Tribal Working Group (TWG) meeting will be held February 22 in Washington, DC in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Council Winter Session. The TWG will be providing advice and recommendations on tribal outreach, education, and inclusive strategies to ensure full participation by tribal jurisdictions in the nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network. 

·         Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Delaware (2/19), Wyoming (2/25), Arkansas (3/4), Massachusetts (3/12), Nebraska (3/18-3/19), Washington DC (3/26), South Dakota (4/1), Missouri (4/7), North Carolina (4/23), South Carolina (4/30), Idaho (5/21), New Hampshire (6/9), Kansas (6/17), CA (6/23-25), Georgia (7/21), Hawaii (8/12), Indiana (8/26) and New Jersey (9/3).

·         To date, FirstNet has received completed consultation checklists from 46 of 56 states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

·         The next FirstNet Board and Committee meetings will be March 24-25 at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Washington, DC.  More information regarding registration and the agenda will be forthcoming.

 

From the States and PSAC Organizations

·         The PSAC Executive Committee held a conference call on February 9 and discussed the new PSAC tasking work groups and the June meeting. A full PSAC webinar was held on February 17.

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.

 

Traditional Media
Media coverage this week focused on state consultation, the Early Builders network projects, and the Alpine ski championships in Vail where a demonstration public safety LTE network was in operation.  Key stories from this week include

 

Radio Resource Mission Critical Communications Magazine: State Consultation Shows žFirstNetž’Evolution

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/MissionCritical/ (p.6, Feb 2015)

In January, I attended the Colorado state consultation meeting with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet’žs message at the meeting was much more practical than it was during the early days, particularly when it comes to coverage. The early board meetings brought big promises of 100 percent broadband coverage. We all know that isn’t financially realistic in a country as large and as geographically diverse as the U.S. Those bold predictions have been toned down. While still promises much better coverage than commercial networks, it will be too cost prohibitive to cover every square mile of the country.

 

FirstNet Should Have More Choices Than Just Opt-In/Opt-Out
https://medium.com/@BillSchrier/firstnet-more-choices-than-just-opt-in-out-cb47b306b62c

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created by Congress in 2012 and funded with $7 billion to deploy a nationwide wireless network dedicated to public safety. But Congress also attached many strings to FirstNet. One of the major requirements is the creation of a plan to deploy FirstNet in each state. That State Plan — created in consultation with public safety responders in that state — is then presented to the Governor of that State for an explicit decision: opt-in and allow FirstNet to proceed, or opt-out. Technically if the Governor “opts out” the state itself is supposed to build the network in the state, with some financial support from the First Responder Network Authority.

 

Social Media

Social media discussions about FirstNet focused on outreach and consultation in the states and territories, the Alpine World Ski Championship, and upcoming events such as “How FirstNet Can Help EMS Provide Better Patient Care,” a Webinar with Board Member Kevin McGinnis and Director of Outreach Amanda Hilliard on February 19.  

 

We posted a number of blogs this past week detailing our outreach and consultation, including one on the LA-RICS project: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/early-builders-blog-la-rics; Additional blogs can be found here: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog; The FirstNet Twitter account has more than 1,685 followers; LinkedIn 526; Google+ 24; and YouTube has 86 subscribers. 

 


Monday, February 09, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update – February 9, 2015

FirstNet News

·         Save the Date!  FirstNet, in coordination with the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) team, is also planning an in-person 2-day SPOC meeting between April 14-16, 2015.  FirstNet will provide additional information within the next 2 weeks once a meeting venue has been secured.

·         FirstNet Board members and staff participated in several events last week involving more than 200 stakeholders in Oregon (Tri-state Tribal Symposium; concurrent with Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians); Wyoming (WY Telecommunications Association winter meeting); Texas (TESSCO Technologies Innovation Showcase 2015); Alaska (AK Fire Chiefs Association Leadership Summit) and in Washington, D.C., for the federal consultation webinar.  In addition, Board member Teri Takai participated in the Michigan Statewide Interoperability Communications Training Conference. 

·         This week, FirstNet will be at the NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association Telecom Executive Forum, the Texas initial consultation meeting and at a Pennsylvania-FirstNet southeastern regional meeting.

·         Upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Delaware (2/19), Wyoming (2/25), Arkansas (3/4), Massachusetts (3/12), Nebraska (3/18-3/19), Washington DC (3/26), South Dakota (4/1), Missouri (4/7), North Carolina (4/23) and South Carolina (4/29).

·         To date, FirstNet has received completed  consultation checklists from 46 of 56 states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

·         The next FirstNet Board and Committee meetings will be March 24-25 at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Washington DC.  More information regarding registration and the agenda will be forthcoming.

 

From the States and PSAC Organizations

·         This week, assignments were finalized for the PSAC work groups for public safety grade (12 volunteers) and priority and preemption (11 volunteers). The PSAC also submitted the initial Early Builder’s Working Group (EBWG) recommendations, and FirstNet is now preparing a follow up tasking so the EBWG can continue its work.

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.

 

Traditional Media
Media coverage this week largely focused on the recently closed FCC AWS-3 Spectrum Auction, and many stories alluded to how it fully funds FirstNet and construction of the nationwide public safety broadband network. In terms of FirstNet’s position on the AWS results, Board members and staff are encouraged to focus their comments around how the auction results look very promising for FirstNet, but the funding is not guaranteed until after the FCC receives money from the bidding companies, which is due in early March.  Additionally, several local stories focused on FirstNet outreach efforts.  Key stories from this week include:

Fierce Mobile Government: Question of FirstNet Funding Now Moot, Thanks to Successful FCC Spectrum Auction

http://www.fiercemobilegovernment.com/story/question-firstnet-funding-now-moot-thanks-successful-fcc-spectrum-auction/2015-02-04

Far surpassing estimated revenues, the Federal Communications Commission raised a staggering $44.9 billion in a recent wireless spectrum auction with some of the proceeds earmarked for the development of a nationwide, interoperable network for first responders. The AWS-3 auction – comprised of the 1695-1710 megahertz, 1755-1780 MHz and the 2155-2180 MHz bands – closed Jan. 29 and revenues even eclipsed the $19.1 billion raised in the FCC's last major spectrum auction held in 2008. This AWS-3 auction is the second of three designed to benefit the planned wireless broadband network for first responders, known as FirstNet, which is estimated to cost $7 billion.

 

Radio Resource: Adams County to Serve as Host Core for New Mexico

http://74.63.161.22/onlyonline.cfm?OnlyOnlineID=506

Adams County, Colorado, will serve as the host core for the New Mexico early builder broadband network, a decision based on technical and financial comparisons, said a New Mexico official. New Mexico considered the Harris County, Texas, host core as well, said Jacqueline Miller, New Mexico deputy secretary for the Department of Information Technology. “We determined Adams County was a better solution so we could manage the system at a higher level of detail without additional upgrades,” she said. “Adams County had included some additional capacity.” Both Adams County Communications Center (Adcom 9-1-1) and New Mexico have spectrum lease agreements with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks using Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funds. Harris County is another FirstNet early builder, using funds from a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) port authority grant.

 

American City & County: Nationwide Broadband Network Aims to Shepherd Public Safety Into the 21st Century

http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/nationwide-broadband-network-aims-shepherd-public-safety-21st-century

When last week’s nor’easter dumped about two feet of snow and brought hurricane-force winds to the island of Nantucket, the town’s modern day communication systems didn’t stand a chance. There was only one functioning communications system. “Some of our landlines are down, cell service is spotty, the Internet and TV are down, and the only thing we have is our public-safety radio,” Police Chief William Pittman told The New York Times in an interview done over that same radio system. It’s the kind of crisis situation that a relatively young federal authority called the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, is mandated to address so public safety can respond more effectively in the future. Created by Congress in 2012 with $7 billion in federal funding, FirstNet is leading an effort to build a public-safety broadband network and give first responders access to 21st Century technologies in even some of the most remote, harsh environments and under chaotic circumstances.

 

Social Media

Social media discussions about FirstNet focused on outreach and consultation in the states and territories, the FCC auction, and the Alpine World Ski Championship.  We posted a number of blogs this past week detailing our outreach and consultation, including one from Chair Sue Swenson about her recent participation in the California Town Hall in Humboldt County: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/public-safety-feedback-real-world-incident-show-need-npsbn-california-town-hall. Additional blogs can be found here: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. The FirstNet Twitter account has more than 1,612 followers; LinkedIn 510; Google+ 24; and YouTube has 86 subscribers.


Monday, February 02, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update -- February 2, 2015

FirstNet News

·         This week, FirstNet will be at the Tri-state Tribal Symposium (concurrent with Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians), the Wyoming Telecommunications Association Winter Meeting and at TESSCO Technologies Innovation Showcase.

·         We completed the final January monthly SPOC/SWIC calls with regions 5 and 9 last week.  A total of 46 states and 95 state team members participated in January’s ten regional calls.  

·         We conducted the Kentucky initial consultation meeting on January 28. Nearly 50 public safety stakeholders attended the meeting, including representatives from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Tennessee. 

·         Upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Texas (2/11-2/12), Delaware (2/19), Wyoming (2/25), Arkansas (3/4), Massachusetts (3/12), Nebraska (3/18-3/19), Washington DC (3/26), South Dakota (4/1), North Carolina (4/23) and South Carolina (4/29).

·         To date, FirstNet has received completed  consultation checklists from 46 of 56 states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

·         As discussed on the January 8th webinar, FirstNet sent out letters to 566 federally-recognized Indian Tribes on January 30, 2015, for the purposes of initiating formal government-to-government consultation, as required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  Under NHPA, FirstNet is required to consult with all tribes regarding any action or “undertaking” that may have the potential to impact present-day or historic tribal lands or resources; in this case, the undertaking is the design, construction, and deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.  This letter was sent to Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) or tribal leaders, as appropriate.  The formal government-to-government consultation required under Section 106 of the NHPA is not intended to substitute for or replace consultation with the State Single Points of Contact required under FirstNet’s statute; rather it is a parallel statutory obligation.  We have attached a template letter for your reference, as well as a list of tribes that were contacted.

·         The next FirstNet Board and Committee meetings will be March 24-25 at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Washington DC.  More information regarding registration and the agenda will be forthcoming.

 

From the States and PSAC Organizations

·         This week FirstNet will be at the Michigan Statewide Interoperability Communications Training Conference and the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association Leadership Summit.

·         The PSAC is establishing two work groups to address its two recent assignments to provide advice and recommendations on priority and preemption and public safety grade.

·         The PSAC will host its next meeting via webinar on February 17.

 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.

 Traditional Media
Media coverage was heavy on several different FirstNet-related topics, including Federal and State/territorial consultation; the BTOP projects; and the Colorado Demo LTE Safety Network for the Vail skiing event.  In addition, we continue to work with the Daily Dispatch service to increase their inclusion of FirstNet news in their state clipping services. Key stories are listed below:

 Cal OES Newsroom: FirstNet Outreach and Education Ongoing in the North State

https://caloesnewsroom.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/firstnet-outreach-and-education-continues-in-the-north-state/

Technology is changing with the speed of light and much of this technology has been beneficial to consumers and businesses alike. Likewise, connecting all public safety personnel through FirstNet would be one of the most important advancements in public safety. That’s why the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Public Safety Communications Department continues to hold town hall meetings across the state to explain what this nationwide, high-speed, wireless broadband network could mean to California and how it could benefit public safety stakeholders.

 GCN: FirstNet Gives Responders Access To Commercial Technology

http://gcn.com/articles/2015/01/28/firstnet.aspx

Imagine if a police officer could send the location of a fleeing suspect to other officers while perusing the suspect on foot.  Or if medical personnel caring for a patient inside an ambulance could video conference with doctors in the emergency room en route to the hospital? Thanks to a new government network, these tasks are now within reach, according to a blog by TJ Kennedy, FirstNet’s acting executive director.

 GCN: Colorado to Demo LTE Safety Network

http://gcn.com/articles/2015/01/28/firstnet-colorado-demo.aspx

FirstNet Colorado, along with public safety agencies in Vail and Eagle counties, will demo a dedicated wireless broadband data network for emergency response. The LTE Demonstration Network will be held during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in early February, giving first responders the chance to use next generation LTE devices that will bring the power of broadband data to local, tribal, state and federal responders.

 McClatchy DC: Faced with a Tech Tsunami, Motorola Fights to Preserve Cop-com Franchise

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/static/features/Motorola/Index.html?brand=mcd

As Chicago cops braced for protests in advance of the NATO and G-8 summits in 2012, hometown radio giant Motorola made what seemed like a grand gesture. Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Calvin Robertson, MSWIN land mobile radio system at MHP Troop K headquarters on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013. Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Calvin Robertson, MSWIN land mobile radio system at MHP Troop K headquarters on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013. The company, which for years has used tenacious marketing and clout to reign over the emergency radio business, donated to the city $1.8 million worth of telecom equipment that could beam data and videos to law enforcement officers shielding the world leaders.

 Affigent GovTransformer: Is FirstNet Coming to Life?

http://govtransformer.us/2015/01/firstnet-coming-life/

Signed into law in 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gave FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.  While the project is in the process of developing a business plan and expanding its staff, it has been gaining tremendous traction these days.

 Western Fire Chiefs Association Daily Dispatch: FirstNet Initial Consultation Meeting in Colorado

http://www.dailydispatch.com/StateNews/CO/2015/January/27/FirstNet.Initial.Consultation.Meeting.in.Colorado.aspx

On January 14, members of the FirstNet team met with numerous local, state, federal and tribal public safety practitioners – including those from law enforcement, fire, and EMS – about planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) in Colorado. Overall, more than 120 representatives from the state’s public safety and private sector communities participated in the initial consultation meeting – FirstNet’s 11th to date.

 Social Media

Social media discussions about FirstNet focused on outreach and consultation in the states and territories. The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) released its Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Final Report.  You can read the entire report, introduced by a blog from PSAC Chairman Harlin McEwen, here: http://ise.gov/blog/chief-harlin-r-mcewen/icam-summit-final-report-announcement 

 We posted a number of blogs this past week detailing our outreach and consultation, including this blog from Vice Chair Jeff Johnson, who talked about his new role as VC and his commitment to the public safety community: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/firstnet-vice-chair-focus-strategies-outreach; Additional blogs can be found here: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog; The FirstNet Twitter account has more than 1,578 followers; LinkedIn 490; Google+ 24; and YouTube has 84 subscribers.

 Several videos were posted by FirstNet stakeholders on YouTube including one by National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), featuring NPSTC Vice Chair Andy Thiessen discussing FirstNet issues: http://youtu.be/YTy8jJHTKN8; Additionally, TJ Kennedy was featured in several short Washington OneNet videos on the Washington Office of the Chief of Information webpage. You can watch these videos here: https://ocio.wa.gov/initiatives/washington-onenet-firstnet/videos.

 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update- January 20, 2015

FirstNet News

  • We completed the eleventh consultation meeting on January 14 with Colorado.  The meeting was notable for having a large number of representatives from state and local public safety agencies; the more than 125 participants included SPOCs from several states. 
  • We are preparing for the upcoming Federal consultation “kick-off” meeting in Washington, DC on January 21.  Representatives from more than 13 federal agencies are slated to attend – including DOD, DHS, DOJ, FCC, and others – as well as PSAC Chairman Harlin McEwen and the Washington, DC SPOC Jack Burbridge.  The main objectives for this meeting are to 1) Establish a baseline understanding of FirstNet activities among federal agencies; 2) Formally distribute Initial Preparation Package checklists to federal agencies; and 3) Initiate outreach engagement cycles between FirstNet and federal agencies.

  • This week FirstNet will be at the Kansas Statewide Broadband Initiative Conference.  FirstNet will also speak on a FirstNet focused webinar on January 22, coordinated by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), to local government managers and their staffs.

  • Upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Kentucky (1/28), Texas (2/11-2/12), Delaware (2/19), Wyoming (2/25), Arkansas (3/4), Massachusetts (3/12), Nebraska (3/18-3/19), Washington, DC (3/26), South Dakota (4/1), North Carolina (4/23) and South Carolina (4/29).

  • To date, FirstNet has received completed state consultation checklists from 44 states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

  • The PSCR conference will be held from June 3-5 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, following the June 1 PSAC meeting and the June 2-3 FirstNet committee and board meetings. Visit the PSCR website for more information.

  • As discussed on the January 8th webinar, FirstNet sent out letters to 36 Federal agencies on January 16, 2015, inviting them to be Cooperating Agencies on the FirstNet Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements (PEISs).  Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), FirstNet is required to reach out to agencies that may have an interest in our proposed action for reasons of either jurisdiction or expertise; in this case the proposed action is the design, construction, and deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.  This letter was sent to agency NEPA Coordinators or appropriate environmental staff.  We have included a template letter for your reference, as well as a list of the agencies that were contacted.


From the States and PSAC Organizations


  • The January SPOC calls begin this week, with Regions 4 and 6-8 on 1/21; Region 1-2 and 10 on 1/22; Region 3 on 1/23; and Regions 5 and 9 on 1/26.

  • Last week, Sue Swenson and Jeff Johnson presented to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) board. This week includes presentations to the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA).

  • Kristi Wilde joined the Oregon Chapter of APCO/NENA for their quarterly meetings on the Oregon coast.  Christy Williams, NENA National President, and others discussed the practical side of updating technology to Next Generation 9-1-1.  Kristi spoke at the meeting about the current status of FirstNet planning, and along with Christy, encouraged PSAP managers to stay tuned in and participate in the state consultation/planning process.

     

Media Watch


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Traditional Media
Similar to last week, most of the media coverage focused on state and local consultation and planning for FirstNet.  The Colorado consultation meeting was covered by a reporter from the Mission Critical Radio Resources trade publication, and she plans to file at least two stories about the event.  Two local TV stations in Iowa ran stories about the state’s outreach and planning activities around the NPSBN.

Additionally, the President’s broadband announcement received considerable attention from both the mainstream and telecommunications trade press. While the President’s broadband initiatives do not provide for any public safety-specific activities, the

Administration did make a strong commitment to building broadband capacity in communities in all parts of the nation, especially with regard to rural communities   Top stories are listed below:


Communications Daily (Summary): Texas Seeks Stakeholder Input Ahead of FirstNet

The Texas Statewide Communications Interoperability Coordinator’s office sent a survey to stakeholders Tuesday to collect input on FirstNet in preparation for its first consultation meeting with FirstNet officials, set for Feb. 11-12. “The goal of the initial consultation is to provide FirstNet with a better understanding of the Texas public safety data communications landscape and challenges,” said Deputy Statewide Interoperability Coordinator Karla Jurrens in an email to stakeholders. Stakeholders who fill out the survey will also be able to submit a question for FirstNet officials to answer during the consultation meeting, Jurrens said.


KCRG-TV - IA: Linn County Emergency Personnel Consider Exclusive Broadband Network

http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/linn-county-emergency-personnel-consider-exclusive-broadband-network-20150113

Firefighters, police officers, and other public service officials attended a presentation on the First Alert Network Authority (FirstNet) in Linn County on Tuesday. As part of a bill signed into law by Congress in 2012, FirstNet is in the process of creating infrastructure for a nationwide wireless broadband network to be used exclusively by public safety officials. The presentation was led by Shawn Wagner, outreach specialist for the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB), and its chairman, Thomas Lampe.


KGAN-TV - IA: FirstNet: Emergency Network

http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/firstnet-emergency-network-33227.shtml

Not being able to get a cell signal in a normal situation is annoying, but in an emergency, it can mean the difference between life and death. It's called FirstNet and won't be available for another two years. First responders across the country and here in Iowa, will be able to dial in via an app on their phone when other lines are busy during an emergency. During the Boston Marathon bombing, many were not able to make a call to a loved one or 9-1-1. "We need a network that's reliable, that we won't have problems getting on," Sgt. Thomas Lampe said, Department of Public Safety. Sgt. Lampe said FirstNet is the next step to solve that issue. Related Link: http://youtu.be/OKA1ydH_8Bg


TR Daily (Summary): N.M. OFFICIAL URGES FirstNet to Provide Flexibility on Access to Network

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) should provide states and localities flexibility to allow non-traditional first responders such as utilities access to the network during emergencies, and should also give them flexibility regarding priority access, New Mexico Chief Information Officer Darryl Ackley said today. During a webinar this afternoon sponsored by the Keller and Heckman LLP law firm, Mr. Ackley also noted that FirstNet is under considerable pressure to act quickly in planning and building a nationwide public safety network. But he said officials must act in a balanced fashion to ensure there is transparency and that money is spent wisely. “There’s really a lot of pressure to operate very quickly, and yet I think that the folks there recognize that, you know, there’s a lot of diligence that needs to take place, and when you’re talking about dealing with all the states and all the various entities therein, that’s not necessarily something you can do very quickly,” he added. Mr. Ackley also said that critical infrastructure industry entities such as utilities can partner in the deployment of the network, including in rural areas, and he urged CII parties to learn the issues related to FirstNet and meet the players, including single points of contact (SPOC). Mr. Ackley is the SPOC for New Mexico. He also said that FirstNet is “trying to have as open a door as possible.”


Social Media

Social media discussions about FirstNet focused mostly on outreach and consultation in the states and territories.  In addition, the updated “FirstNet by the Number” infographic received significant and positive attention on social media.  The FirstNet Twitter account now has more than 1,450 followers, and the LinkedIn account has grown to more than 460 followers.  We posted a number of blogs this past week detailing our outreach and consultation with the states: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.