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Monday, November 20, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - November 20, 2017

FirstNet News

·         North Carolina and Georgia opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet provided an update during a panel discussion on disaster response at the Korea International Safety & Security Expo in Goyang, South Korea.

 

·         FirstNet staff and Alaska SPOC John Rockwell presented at the Alaska Municipal League’s Annual Conference last week in Anchorage during a breakout session focused on FirstNet.

 

·         FirstNet staff provided an update at a meeting of the Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC) Steering Committee last week in Arlington, Virginia. PSAC Chair Tom Sorley was also in attendance.

 

·         FirstNet also held an initial in-depth discussion last week with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet joined NTIA on a State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) 2.0 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Question and Answer webinar for SPOCs.  NTIA is seeking peer reviewers for the SLIGP 2.0 application process and is accepting peer reviewer resumes through mid-December 2017.  Please visit this link for more information.     

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: An Unstoppable Communications Option for Charlotte Emergency Management.

 

·         FirstNet also shared a video thanking first responders for all they do, most especially during the holiday season.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the Texas EMS Conference in Fort Worth; the 2017 New England Council for EMS in Newport, Rhode Island; a meeting of the Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee in Providence; and the Melbourne Comms Connect Conference in Australia.

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 11/17: Georgia becomes 31st state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/georgia-becomes-31st-state-make-firstnet-opt-announcement

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Georgia the 31st state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.

 

FierceWireless 11/16: AT&T: We'll use the FirstNet win to tap IoT, smart cities and other markets

https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/at-t-we-ll-use-firstnet-win-to-tap-iot-smart-cities-and-other-markets

AT&T won valuable spectrum and billions of dollars to build the nation’s first network for first responders when it was awarded the FirstNet contract earlier this year. But the carrier also hopes to leverage that contract to tap some promising markets that are still in their infancy.

 

Government Technology 11/15: 2018 Poised to Be the Year for Public Safety Networks

http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/2018-Poised-to-be-the-Year-for-Public-Safety-Networks.html

Twenty-nine states have decided to opt in to FirstNet ahead of the Dec. 28 deadline, which essentially implements the FirstNet/AT&T build-out plans submitted to each state. FirstNet aims to complete its core network in March 2018 and will ultimately be available across 56 states and territories, with a complete build-out of network infrastructure around 2020.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 67 new followers, now at 8,137.  Facebook has 2,043 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,297 followers.  YouTube has 613 subscribers. 
Monday, November 13, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - November 13, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Utah opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth gave the keynote address at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) Critical Communications Forum in Dallas, Texas. FirstNet staff also participated in a breakout session on smart cities.

 

·         FirstNet hosted a webinar last week with public safety wireless communications leaders from 15 countries to provide an update and discuss similar programs in development around the world.

 

·         FirstNet staff also provided a FirstNet update last week at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers’ Symposium in Clearwater, Florida.

 

·         The FirstNet tribal team attended the 18th Annual TribalNet Conference & Tradeshow last week in Glendale, Arizona.

 

·         FirstNet also provided a FirstNet update last week at the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

·         Also last week, the tribal team held coverage review meetings with the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Indian Township, Maine, and the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas in Eagle Pass.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the Alaska Municipal League Annual Conference in Anchorage; a meeting of the FloridaNet Executive Committee in Tampa; the Korea International Safety & Security Expo in Goyang, South Korea; and a meeting of the Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC) Steering Committee in Arlington, Virginia.

 

·         NTIA is seeking peer reviewers for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) 2.0 application process and is accepting peer reviewer resumes through mid-December 2017.  Please visit this link for more information.    

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.

 

Naples Daily News 11/9: Commentary: Public safety network delivers on accessibility, affordability

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/11/09/commentary-public-safety-network-delivers-accessibility-affordability/834780001/

Since its creation, FirstNet has made tremendous strides toward making the vision of the network a reality. In March, FirstNet entered a public-private partnership with AT&T to build out the network. AT&T and FirstNet worked together to take years of data and input gathered from consultation with public safety officials to issue customized plans to every U.S. state and territory.

 

Newburgh Gazette 11/7: AT&T Flying COW deployed to Puerto Rico

http://newburghgazette.com/2017/11/07/at-t-flying-cow-deployed-to-puerto-rico/

LTE drones "hold a lot of potential" for FirstNet, the nationwide public safety network that AT&T is building under a contract with the federal government.

 

PA Homepage 11/6: Better Communication in Time of Emergency

http://www.pahomepage.com/news/better-communication-in-time-of-emergency/852539918

Schuylkill County officials say your emergency calls will now be handled with more efficiency. Pennsylvania joined a growing list of states across the nation that are now part of a broadband network for first responders. "Schuylkill County has a significant number of mountains[,] hills and valleys, [and] depending on where you were, you may not have clear communications," said John Matz, Schuylkill County EMA. To get around that, authorities would set up staging units to communicate with the county, but "First Net" a nationwide network that provides communications for the public safety community is mitigating that.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 48 new followers, now at 8,070.  Facebook has 1,988 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,251 followers.  YouTube has 604 subscribers. 


Monday, November 06, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - November 6, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on FirstNet’s progress to date.   

 

·         FirstNet Chief Customer Officer Rich Reed provided the keynote address at the Public Safety Broadband Ohio Conference last week in Columbus, and FirstNet staff also presented in a breakout session.

 

·         FirstNet also provided a FirstNet update last week at the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association’s Annual EMS Leadership Conference in Columbus.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet and AT&T presented at an International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) sponsored webinar on the opening of the FirstNet Developer Program, answering questions on membership and submissions to the FirstNet App Store. 

 

·         FirstNet staff also participated in a session on public safety telecommunications infrastructure last week with the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the 18th Annual TribalNet Conference & Tradeshow in Glendale, Arizona; a SAFECOM/National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) Joint Meeting in Norman, Oklahoma; the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada; the IWCE Critical LTE Communications Forum in Dallas, Texas; the Virginia EMS Symposium; the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers’ Symposium in Clearwater, Florida; a meeting of the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council; the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Annual Conference in Long Beach, California; a meeting with the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas in Eagle Pass; and tribal meetings with the Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe, and Penobscot Nation in Indian Township, Maine.

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 11/2: South Carolina becomes 28th state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/south-carolina-becomes-28th-state-make-firstnet-opt-announcement

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced that he accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state.

 

Bartlesville Radio 11/1: Governor Establishes Network for First Responders

http://bartlesvilleradio.com/pages/news/155562017/governor-establishes-network-for-first-responders

Governor Mary Fallin has signed an opt-in letter with FirstNet, the First Responder Network Authority, and AT&T to strengthen public safety and increase emergency preparedness

 

Washington County 11/1: Washington County Sheriff’s Office is the first agency in the State of Maryland to be on the FirstNet Public Safety Communications System

https://washcosheriff.com/washington-county-sheriffs-office-first-agency-state-maryland-firstnet-public-safety-communications-system/

Yesterday, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office became the first agency in the State of Maryland to be on the FirstNet Public Safety Communications System. FirstNet through AT&T is developing the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced communication and collaboration technologies they need to help them do their jobs safely and effectively.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at a faster than normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 119 new followers, now at 8,022.  Facebook has 1,961 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,231 followers.  YouTube has 599 subscribers. 


Monday, October 09, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - October 9, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Minnesota opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet Board member Teri Takai spoke at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.

 

·         FirstNet CEO Mike Poth spoke at the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s (WIA) Infrastructure Developers Forum in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

·         FirstNet staff also traveled to Texas last week to meet with the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (Tigua Nation) to discuss tribal coverage in El Paso.

 

·         FirstNet staff were in New Mexico over the weekend for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, where the state’s Early Builder Project was being used for first responder communications. Read about it in the local media here.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will provide an update to the House Homeland Security Committee’s Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee in Washington, DC. Details are available here.

 

·         Also this week, FirstNet will be participating in a meeting with Northern Virginia police and fire chiefs in Fairfax; the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association Convention in Helena; a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Interoperability Working Group meeting in Washington, DC; the 6th Annual Americas Spectrum Management Conference in Washington, DC; and a meeting of the Delaware Statewide Interoperability Executive Council in Dover.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: Tech Talk: Sapporo, Japan 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap.

 

News from the PSAC

·         The Tribal Working Group (TWG) held their monthly teleconference on October 3rd. Topics of discussion included planning for the group's 2018 in-person meeting and FirstNet’s Tribal Consultation Policy.

 

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.

 

MissionCritical Communications 10/4: Minnesota Opts In to FirstNet

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/newsID/16049

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced the state will participate in the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community.

 

EMS World 10/4: Opt In or Opt Out? Governors Face FirstNet Decision (by FirstNet Board Member Kevin McGinnis)

http://www.emsworld.com/article/218799/opt-or-opt-out-governors-face-firstnet-decision

Every day the world of emergency medical services becomes more connected and dependent on digital devices to protect the communities we serve. The devices we carry are connected to the emergency response vehicles we drive; the vehicles we drive are connected to the offices and medical facilities where we work; and all this data and information is connected to massive networks commonly known as the “Internet of Things” or “Internet of Lifesaving Things.”

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 85 new followers, now at 7,686.  Facebook has 1,850 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,009 followers.  YouTube has 580 subscribers. 


Monday, October 02, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - October 2, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Last week, FirstNet delivered official notice of State Plans to governors. Read the full news release here.

 

·         Louisiana opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth, AT&T Senior Vice President Chris Sambar, and FirstNet staff attended the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Annual Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona, to present to the group’s Preparedness and Legal committees.

 

·         Mike Poth, FirstNet Board Vice Chairman Jeff Johnson, and FirstNet staff also attended the California Fire Chiefs Association’s Annual Conference in Riverside last week, where Mike provided a FirstNet update.

 

·         FirstNet President TJ Kennedy gave a keynote address last week at the Government Business Executive Forum in Washington, DC.

 

·         FirstNet staff traveled to Kansas last week to meet with three tribes: the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, and the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the North Carolina Emergency Medicine Today Conference in Greensboro; the Utah APCO Annual Conference in Sandy; the Kentucky League of Cities Conference & Expo in Covington; a meeting of the Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee in Lincoln; the UtiliSite Council Wireless Collocation Summit in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; the North Country Interoperability Consortium in Lebanon, New Hampshire; the West Virginia EMS Conference in Morgantown; the Wireless Infrastructure Association Infrastructure Developers Forum in Alexandria, Virginia; and a meeting with the Ysleta Del Sur Tigua Nation in El Paso, Texas.

 

News from the PSAC

·         Read about last week’s PSAC webinar in FirstNet’s blog post: Fall PSAC Webinar Highlights Task Team Collaboration, Working Groups’ Activities.

 

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.

 

MissionCritical Communications 9/29: Governors Must Make Opt-In/Out Decision by Dec. 28

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/16027

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) delivered official notice of state plans to governors. Governors will have 90 days — until Dec. 28 — to decide whether to opt in or out of the FirstNet/AT&T plan for deploying the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

 

Urgent Communications 9/28: Louisiana becomes 22nd state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ decision

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/louisiana-becomes-22nd-state-make-firstnet-opt-decision

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards yesterday announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Louisiana the 22nd state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.

 

IEEE Spectrum 9/26: FirstNet Invites U.S. States to Sign Up for Public Safety Broadband Network (by FirstNet Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher)

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/wireless/firstnet-us-wireless-network-for-public-safety-invites-states-to-sign-up

Three monster hurricanes pummeled the United States and Puerto Rico in recent weeks. As soon as they hit land, public safety personnel were there to help those in harm’s way. To do that important work, first responders deserve a reliable wireless network of their very own.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 47 new followers, now at 7,601.  Facebook has 1,821 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,983 followers.  YouTube has 575 subscribers.