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Monday, August 07, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 7, 2017

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet has now engaged with State Plan review teams in all 56 states and territories.  Last Friday was the deadline for states and territories to provide comments to their individual State Plans; FirstNet and AT&T will now review the comments and provide feedback by mid-September. 

 

·         Last week, the U.S. Virgin Islands, New Mexico, Michigan, and Maine opted in to the FirstNet network.  Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet staff attended the Louisiana Sheriffs' and Wardens' Annual Training Conference in Destin, Florida. Following Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ opening remarks, Louisiana SPOC Jim Waskom provided a FirstNet update to sheriffs and their staff, encouraging them to attend regional outreach meetings set to begin this week.

 

·         FirstNet staff participated in a Tribal Boundaries Workgroup meeting, working with the National Boundaries Group, which coordinates boundary information sharing among federal, state, local, tribal, and private organizations.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Communications Infrastructure Summit in Boulder, Colorado; the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) Annual Symposium in Washington, DC; the PINNACLE 2017 conference in Boca Raton, Florida; an Oregon Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee (SIEC) meeting in Salem; the Rhode Island Association of Emergency Managers Conference in Warwick; a Virginia Public Safety Broadband Network Region IV conference in Abingdon; the Kansas EMS Association Conference in Mulvane; and a meeting with the Tigua Nation (formerly known as the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo) in El Paso, Texas.

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.

 

Washington Post 8/2: FirstNet, broadband network to enable police and fire responders to talk to each other, ready to launch

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/08/02/firstnet-broadband-network-to-enable-police-and-fire-responders-to-talk-to-each-other-ready-to-launch/?utm_term=.93e495f44e6d

Many police officers, firefighters and paramedics carry their own smartphones to do the things their department-issued equipment can’t. But now, 16 years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, exposed the inability of American first responders to talk to each other, a nationwide cellular network called “FirstNet” is launching to give public safety employees the ability to send data, video and text to each other. When a crisis hits and cell towers are overwhelmed, calls from first responders will preempt calls made by the public. FirstNet is expected to be operational by March.

 

MissionCritical Communications 8/2: NPSTC Approves New Interoperability Report, Work on LTE Talkgroup Common Names

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15801

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) plans to enable nationwide interoperability allowing first responders to travel across the U.S. and still use their devices and applications. Working Group Chair Don Root recommended that a national framework be established quickly, saying local and state agencies will use FirstNet PTT services prior to availability of MCPTT. Those agencies will start assigning their own LTE talkgroup names to support local, regional and statewide interoperability. There is a need to establish a naming standard for nationwide talkgroups now to "reserve" those channel designations.

 

Urgent Communications 8/3: Michigan becomes first state to ‘opt-in’ to FirstNet after issuing an RFP

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/michigan-becomes-first-state-opt-firstnet-after-issuing-rfp

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today signed a letter accepting the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T. The action makes Michigan the ninth state to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system—and the first among the states that issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a vendor partner under a potential “opt-out” scenario.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 98 new followers, now at 7,047.  Facebook has 1,499 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,704 followers.  YouTube has 528 subscribers. 


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 31, 2017

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet continued to meet with SPOCs and State Plan review teams in the states and territories last week, having now engaged with almost all states and territories on their respective State Plans. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy and numerous FirstNet staff attended the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International (FRI) conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. FirstNet had a booth and attended various breakout sessions to engage with fire services stakeholders from across the country.

 

·         The PSAC’s Tribal Working Group (TWG) held an in-person meeting last week in Flagstaff, Arizona. FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis, PSAC Chair Tom Sorely, and FirstNet staff were in attendance. The group also presented to the Tribal-Interior Budget Council (TIBC) Public Safety & Justice Subcommittee, which met in Flagstaff.

 

·         Additionally last week, Board member Kevin McGinnis, PSAC Chair Tom Sorley, and FirstNet staff also met with Navajo Nation President Russell Begay and Vice President Jonathan Nez to discuss FirstNet, the governors’ decisions, and impacts to Navajo communities, and presented to the Navajo Nation Council and surrounding mayors, county supervisors, and chiefs of police. The presentation included an overview on Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah -- states with Navajo Nation land.

 

·         Also last week, the California State Point of Contact (SPOC) Patrick Mallon, FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth, and FirstNet staff took part in a tribal consultation meeting in Sacramento, California. The event was hosted by the California First Responder Network (CalFRN) and enabled FirstNet to hear from the state’s numerous tribal stakeholders and answer questions on California’s State Plan.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in a State Plan Review meeting in North Dakota; a meeting of the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board Broadband Committee in Des Moines; and the Virginia State Firefighters Association Conference and Expo in Hampton.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: FirstNet: Putting Lifesaving Technologies into the Hands of Heroes and FirstNet is Developing An Applications Ecosystem With Public Safety (originally posted by ACT – The App Association).

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.

 

Emergency Management 7/27: FirstNet Becoming a Reality as the Number of States Opting in Grows to Seven

http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/FirstNet-Becoming-a-Reality-as-the-Number-of-States-Opting-in-Grows-to-Seven.html

The summer of 2017 may well be remembered as the time when the nation’s broadband first responder network stopped being just an idea and started to become a reality.

 

IAFC 7/25: IAFC Asks Fire Service to Urge Governors to Opt into FirstNet

https://www.iafc.org/press-releases/press-release/iafc-asks-fire-service-to-urge-governors-to-opt-in-to-firstnet

The IAFC Board of Directors has issued a call to action for fire service leaders to urge governors in their states to opt into FirstNet.

 

RCRWireless News 7/25: The FirstNet core question: Can states build their own?

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170724/carriers/firstnet-core-question-can-states-build-their-own-tag6

Verizon has asked the Federal Communications Commission to answer a question that the FCC neatly side-stepped when it laid out its guidelines for states wishing to opt out of the national First Responders Network Authority build by AT&T: can states build and operate their own network cores that would interoperate with the FirstNet core?

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 97 new followers, now at 6,949.  Facebook has 1,444 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,670 followers.  YouTube has 520 subscribers. 
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 24, 2017

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet continued to meet with State Plan review teams in the states and territories last week. FirstNet has engaged with 50 states and territories to date, and has meetings with another four states and territories scheduled. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing entitled “Update on FirstNet.” Chris Sambar, Senior Vice President for AT&T-FirstNet also testified. Key topics covered at the hearing included rural coverage, hardening, cybersecurity, and the FirstNet-AT&T contract. Click here to watch an archived webcast of the hearing, or read Mike’s prepared remarks here.

 

·         FirstNet staff also presented a FirstNet update and staffed a booth last week at the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition in Columbus, Ohio.

 

·         FirstNet staff also briefed the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) last week on the FirstNet and AT&T partnership and State Plan review process. 

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in State Plan Review meetings in American Samoa, Louisiana, and Montana; an in-person meeting of the PSAC Tribal Working Group (TWG) in Flagstaff, Arizona; a Tribal-Interior Budget Council (TIBC) meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona; an outreach meeting with eastern North Carolina counties; the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International in Charlotte, North Carolina – see FirstNet at booth 1139; the Oklahoma Emergency Medical Technician Association (OEMTA) Medic Update EMS Conference in Norman; a Louisiana Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting in Baton Rouge; a California First Responder Network (CalFRN) tribal consultation meeting in Sacramento; and the monthly National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) teleconference.

 

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 7/21: FirstNet, AT&T make commitments to Congress on volunteer pricing, devices, finances

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-att-make-commitments-congress-volunteer-pricing-devices-finances

Volunteer public-safety officers subscribing to FirstNet in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenario will realize “significant” monthly savings when compared to a traditional commercial wireless offering, an AT&T official said yesterday during a Senate subcommittee hearing.

 

Firehouse 7/19: Iowa Becomes Fifth State to Opt into FirstNet

http://www.firehouse.com/press_release/12352764/iowa-becomes-fifth-state-to-opt-into-firstnet-and-att

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the State's public safety community. Iowa joins Virginia, Wyoming, Arkansas and Kentucky as the first states in the country to "opt in" to FirstNet and bring advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities.

 

Officer.com 7/19: Almost Reality

http://www.officer.com/article/12339178/what-the-firstnet-and-att-partnership-means-for-law-enforcement

First responders have been dreaming about their promised network for years. Then in March, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) selected AT&T to build the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and that dream is finally becoming a reality. This public-private partnership came after a rigorous bidding process that actually left AT&T the only bidder still standing. With this award, the company earned the rights to the prime broadband spectrum belonging to FirstNet and the huge responsibility of developing and running a cutting-edge network based on first responder needs.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 89 new followers, now at 6,852.  Facebook has 1,410 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,648 followers.  YouTube has 504 subscribers. 


Monday, July 17, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 17, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Last week, Virginia Gov. McAuliffe, Wyoming Gov. Mead, Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson, and Kentucky Gov. Bevin announced their decisions to opt in to the FirstNet network. With these decisions, FirstNet can begin to offer priority services to public safety over AT&T’s existing LTE infrastructure in each state. On Tuesday, FirstNet hosted Gov. McAuliffe, Virginia leadership, and local public safety officials at the Reston headquarters for a signing ceremony for the first opt-in decision. The video can be found on the FirstNet website.

 

·         FirstNet continued to meet with the states and territories last week to review State Plans. FirstNet has engaged with 42 states and territories to date, and has engagements with another 12 States scheduled through the end of July. Stay tuned for updates, and watch the map develop on our homepage at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth gave the keynote address at the Tennessee Advanced Communications Network’s (TACN) Statewide Public Safety Broadband Conference in Franklin. FirstNet staff also provided an update during a subject matter expert breakout session.

 

·         FirstNet staff also participated in a panel discussion last week on the FirstNet and AT&T partnership at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC) Summer Policy Summit in San Diego, California.

 

·         FirstNet held a series of tribal meetings in Kansas last week to continue to discuss tribal involvement in the State Plan review process. Meetings were held with the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska in White Cloud, the Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation in Mayetta, and the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas in Reserve.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in State Plan Review meetings in Alabama, Indiana, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, and Vermont; the Colorado Telecommunications Association Summer Meeting and Vendor Showcase in Black Hawk; the MMTC Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference in Washington, DC; the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition in Columbus, Ohio; and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Summer Training Conference; and testifying at a U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee Hearing in Washington, DC.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: Consultation with States, Territories Ramps Up with Focus on State Plan Reviews.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The summer 2017 in-person Tribal Working Group (TWG) meeting will be Monday, July 24th, in Flagstaff, Arizona, in advance of the field session of the Tribal-Interior Budget Council (TIBC), which will be held July 25th-27th.

 

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.

 

RCR Wireless News 7/13: Three more states jump on the FirstNet bandwagon

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170713/carriers/three-more-states-jump-on-the-firstnet-network-bandwagon-tag6

The First Responders Network Authority is gaining momentum as states begin to declare their official decisions to opt in to the national public safety LTE network build: Virginia kicked things off on Monday as the first state to opt in, followed rapidly by Wyoming, Arkansas and Kentucky.

 

Associated Press 7/11: Virginia first to join public safety broadband network

https://apnews.com/7fb3762646154021855cefe54bda06e7/Virginia-first-to-join-public-safety-broadband-network

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia is the first state in the country to opt-in to a national public safety broadband network. McAuliffe signed a letter of intent Monday saying that Virginia will allow the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T to move forward with the development of the network.

 

Reuters 7/10: AT&T says Virginia​ žgovernor signed letter accepting FirstNet & Co plan

http://www.reuters.com/article/brief-att-says-virginia-governor-signed-idUSFWN1K10YM

AT&T - Virginia​ žgovernor signed letter accepting FirstNet & co plan to deliver wireless broadband network to commonwealth's public safety community

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew faster than normal this week.  Twitter gained 151 new followers, now at 6,763.  Facebook has 1,380 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,614 followers.  YouTube has 494 subscribers.
Monday, July 10, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 10, 2017

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet will hold a major event on Tuesday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m. ET, as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe comes to FirstNet Headquarters in Reston to sign Virginia’s intent to opt in to the FirstNet network. As the first to indicate its choice to opt in, Governor McAuliffe’s decision is a significant milestone in the deployment of the FirstNet network – only three weeks after State Plans release.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet continued reviews with the states and territories following the release of State Plans. FirstNet has engaged with 31 states and territories to date, with another 24 meetings scheduled within the 45-day review period.

 

·         On Saturday, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy spoke at the Esri National Security Summit in San Diego, California. He provided a FirstNet update and discussed how FirstNet utilized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to understand public safety’s communications needs and to inform FirstNet coverage objectives.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in State Plan Review meetings in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Wyoming; the Florida Clin Con in Orlando; the Tennessee Statewide Public Safety Broadband Conference in Franklin; an IWCE webinar on “What’s FirstNet’s Deal? The Value Proposition for Public Safety”, the Shipboard Interior Communications Forum in San Diego, California; the Louisiana Police Chiefs Association Annual Conference in Houma; a meeting of the Maine Fire Chiefs Association in Hope; the Nebraska Annual Statewide EMS Conference in Kearney; and meetings in Kansas with the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, the Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation, and the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri and Kansas.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The summer 2017 in-person Tribal Working Group meeting will be held on Monday, July 24th, in Flagstaff, Arizona, one day in advance of the field session of the Tribal-Interior Budget Council (TIBC), which will be held July 25th-27th

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.

 

Police Magazine 7/7: FirstNet and the Broadband Future

http://www.policemag.com/channel/technology/articles/2017/07/firstnet-and-the-broadband-future.aspx

Today, FirstNet is finally becoming more than just a public safety pipedream. The backers of this initiative quickly realized that the federal government was not going to fund a nationwide cellular system for first responders alone. The cost would have been staggering. So instead, FirstNet put out a bid for cellular companies to build the network. In March it was announced that AT&T had won that contract by offering to spend $40 billion over the next 25 years to create and maintain FirstNet. That means FirstNet is about to go online and here's how that could affect you.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 43 new followers, now at 6,612.  Facebook has 1,307 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,579 followers.  YouTube has 490 subscribers.