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Monday, September 11, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - September 11, 2017

FirstNet News

         Last week, FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis and FirstNet and AT&T leadership participated in a meeting of the full National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) in Washington, DC.  PSAC Executive Committee member Paul Patrick also provided a PSAC update. 

 

         Also last week, FirstNet staff met with two New York tribes, the Seneca Nation in Salamanca and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne. Discussions focused on tribal coverage in the New York State Plan, including along the Canadian border and for both rural and urban tribal lands.

 

         This week, FirstNet will hold combined Committee and Board meetings on September 13 and 14 in Boulder, Colorado. The meetings will be open to the public and available via teleconference and WebEx. More information is available on the FirstNet website.

 

         Also this week, FirstNet will be participating in the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference in Louisville; the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington; a meeting of the Federal Communications Commission Region 19 700/800MHz Committee in Framingham, Massachusetts; a Virginia Public Safety Broadband Network/FirstNet Region 1 Conference in Chesterfield; and a meeting with the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Indian Township, Maine.

 

         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: ACEP Frontline Podcast features FirstNet, Highlights Networkís Ability to Help Improve Patient Care and September is National Preparedness Month

 

         To commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, FirstNet is also featuring ďFrom the video vault: The future of public safety communications in the post 9/11 era (a video series).Ē

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 Governmentís control.

 

MissionCritical Communications 9/7: AT&T Exec Backtracks on Public Safety Grade Comments

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15933

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today published its final rule outlining the criteria and processes for annual review of fees established and collected by FirstNetóa review that will not include an assessment of end-user fees for subscriptions, according to an NTIA spokesman.

 

Financial News 9/6: Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska, Puerto Rico and Tennessee are the Latest to Announce Decisions to Opt-In to FirstNet network

http://www.financial-news.co.uk/43237/2017/09/alaska-hawaii-nebraska-puerto-rico-and-tennessee-are-th/

Twenty states and territories have announced their decision to opt-in to the FirstNet network ó Americaís only communications platform purpose-built for public safety, the company said.

 

Telecompetitor 9/5: What Happens If a State Decides to Opt Out of FirstNet Plans from AT&T?

http://www.telecompetitor.com/what-happens-if-a-state-decides-to-opt-out-of-firstnet-plans-from-att/

Rivada Networks and U.S. Cellular are the latest companies to challenge AT&Tís progress in gaining agreements to build a nationwide mobile broadband public safety network known as FirstNet. Just a few weeks after Verizon said it would build a core public safety network core in competition with one planned by AT&T, Rivada and U.S. Cellular said today that they have submitted a public safety network plan for the state of New Hampshire that might be implemented should the governor decide to opt out of FirstNet plans from AT&T.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNetís social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 36 new followers, now at 7,409.  Facebook has 1,739 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,862 followers.  YouTube has 552 subscribers.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - September 5, 2017

FirstNet News

         Last week, Alaska, Nebraska, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee opted in to the FirstNet network.  Twenty states and territories have now announced their decision to opt-in.  Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

         Also last week, FirstNet Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher and AT&T representatives provided a FirstNet update at the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) Annual Conference and Technology Showcase in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

         The FirstNet tribal team provided a FirstNet update to officials from the Navajo Nation last week with AT&T and PSAC Tribal Working Group delegate Teresa Hopkins.

 

         FirstNet staff also attended the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Expo in Washington, DC last week, sitting in on a range of presentations on emerging public safety technologies with a diverse group of stakeholders.

 

         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Arizona APCO/NENA Training Conference in Tempe; a meeting of the Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee in Lincoln; a meeting of the full National Public-Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) in Washington, DC; the National Fallen Fire Fighters Occupational Cancer Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona; and meetings in New York State with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and Seneca Nation.

 

         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: PSAC Profile: Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International.

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 Governmentís control.

 

Urgent Communications 8/29: NTIA issues final rule for its review of FirstNet fees

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/ntia-issues-final-rule-its-review-firstnet-fees

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today published its final rule outlining the criteria and processes for annual review of fees established and collected by FirstNetóa review that will not include an assessment of end-user fees for subscriptions, according to an NTIA spokesman.

 

Navajo-Hopi Observer 8/29: Navajo Nation working with FCC to provide better technology, phone services

https://www.nhonews.com/news/2017/aug/29/navajo-nation-working-fcc-provide-better-technolog/

If the commission assists the Navajo Nation with the challenge process it will take an important step to accurately assess coverage. The accuracy of coverage is vital in emergencies considering the obligations of FirstNet to provide reliable coverage for first responders and to develop AMBER Alert on the Navajo Nation.

 

Mission Critical Communications 8/28: AT&T Exec Highlights Priority, Pre-emption, App Program

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/Features/FeaturesDetails/FID/783

An AT&T official offered more details on priority and pre-emption and the application program for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) during several sessions at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Conference in Denver Aug. 13-16.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNetís social media presence grew faster than its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 89 new followers, now at 7,373.  Facebook has 1,718 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,837 followers.  YouTube has 550 subscribers. 
Monday, August 28, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 28, 2017

FirstNet News

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

 

         Last week, FirstNet Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Jeff Bratcher gave a keynote address at a Cisco-Jasper all-hands event on the Internet of Life Saving Things in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

         CTO staff also presented on FirstNet applications and devices last week to the National Public-Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Broadband Emerging Technology Working Group.

 

         FirstNet had a booth last week at the National EMS Safety Summit in Denver, Colorado. FirstNet staff and Ed Mills from the Colorado SPOC Team engaged with a number of EMS leaders from around the state to discuss FirstNet and coverage plans from AT&T.

 

         FirstNet staff also met with the National Fire Protection Associationís (NFPA) Electronic Safety Equipment Technology Committee last week in Ithaca, New York to discuss communication device standards.

 

         Also last week, FirstNet and AT&T staff presented at the National Native American Law Enforcement Associationís (NNALEA) 25th Annual National Collaborative Training Event in Las Vegas.

 

         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Expo in Washington, DC; the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) Annual Conference and Technology Showcase in Memphis, Tennessee; a FirstNet discussion with the U.S. Secret Service in Washington, DC; a meeting of the Wyoming Governance Board in Cheyenne; and a Virginia Public Safety Broadband Network/FirstNet Region VII Conference in Nokesville.

 

         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: Advancing UAS Technologies in all Public Safety Disciplines (which originally appeared in FIRE CHIEF Magazine).

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 Governmentís control.

 

Urgent Communications 8/25: NTIA officials outline expected process associated with reviews of states seeking FirstNet Ďopt-outí

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/ntia-officials-outline-expected-process-associated-reviews-states-seeking-firstnet-opt-

Governors will have the most crucial financial information when they receive final state plans from FirstNet next month, but the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) review process may not be finalized until later, NTIA officials said last week during an APCO 2017 session.

 

Publicnow.com 8/24: AT&T Networks Prepared For Hurricane Harvey

http://www.publicnow.com/view/A67D3DA92DC9577659EEAA5432A8EF71D741C436

Plus, we are increasing our NDR fleet with new deployables to support first responders as part of our public-private partnership to deliver FirstNet's nationwide public safety broadband network. AT&T has more than 700 pieces of equipment, including our Cell on Wheels (COWs), Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs), trailers, generators and more. Our deployables and equipment can help them stay connected during emergencies and operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line.

 

Urgent Communications 8/22: FirstNet officials say advocacy for public safety is key role in the future

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-officials-say-advocacy-public-safety-key-role-future

FirstNet will continue to work with public-safety representatives to ensure that its nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) evolves to meet first respondersí needs during the next 25 years, FirstNet officials said last week during the APCO 2017 show in Denver.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNetís social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 46 new followers, now at 7,284.  Facebook has 1,677 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,809 followers.  YouTube has 543 subscribers.
Monday, August 21, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 21, 2017

FirstNet News

         Last week, Arizona, Kansas, and Nevada opted in to the FirstNet network.  Stay tuned for updates, and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

         FirstNet had a large presence at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) Annual Conference & Expo last week in Denver, Colorado. FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson provided a keynote address at the Distinguished Achievers Breakfast; FirstNet held a town hall with Sue, Board member Rich Stanek, Board member Kevin McGinnis, and Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher; and FirstNet staff presented on Next Generation 9-1-1 integration, State Plans and Governorís Decision, and applications and devices, as well as staffed an exhibit booth.

 

         FirstNet staff also participated in a meeting of the NTCA-The Rural Broadband Associationís Tribal Affairs Committee last week.

 

         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the National EMS Safety Summit in Denver, Colorado; a Cisco-Jasper Internet of Life Saving Things Event in Las Vegas, Nevada; a Virginia Public Safety Broadband Network Region III Conference in Lynchburg, Virginia; and the National Native American Law Enforcement Association Annual National Collaborative Training Event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

News from the PSAC

         FirstNetís PSAC Early Builders Working Group (EBWG) has their monthly teleconference this Wednesday, August 23.

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 Governmentís control.

 

Government Technology 8/18: FirstNet for Emergency Communications: 6 Questions Answered

http://www.govtech.com/network/FirstNet-for-Emergency-Communications-6-Questions-Answered.html

The system nicknamed FirstNet was created by Congress in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Under the contract with the government, the group led by AT&T will build, operate and maintain a new nationwide communications network, providing high-speed wireless communications for public safety agencies and personnel. The network will be protected against unauthorized intrusion and strong enough to withstand disasters that might damage other communications systems. Emergency workers will be able to preempt other usersí traffic on the network, and will be able to send and receive as much data as they need to during their emergency work.

 

Telecompaper 8/18: Nevada Joins FirstNet

https://www.telecompaper.com/news/nevada-joins-firstnet--1208511

Nevada became the 15th state to join the FirstNet network following a decision by local Governor Brian Sandoval. He announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the stateís public safety community. AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a wireless broadband communications network for Nevadaís public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

 

Urgent Communications 8/17: AT&T exec discusses core-to-core interoperability, Verizon proposal, FirstNet differentiators

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/att-exec-discusses-core-core-interoperability-verizon-proposal-first

Enabling interoperability between the FirstNet public-safety LTE core being built by AT&T and the LTE cores of Verizon or other carriers is feasible technically, but doing so would be a departure from the FirstNet request for proposals (RFP) and could introduce security issues for public safety, according to an AT&T executive.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNetís social media presence grew at a higher than normal rate this week, likely due in part to FirstNetís promotional work around the APCO conference.  Twitter gained 85 new followers, now at 7,238.  Facebook has 1,653 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,787 followers.  YouTube has 540 subscribers. 


Monday, August 14, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 14, 2017

FirstNet News

         Last week, Montana 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 President TJ Kennedy and Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher presented at the 3rd Annual Communications Infrastructure Forum in Boulder, Colorado.

 

         FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis and FirstNet staff attended the National Association of EMS Educatorsí (NAEMSE) Annual Symposium last week in Washington, DC, staffing a booth and engaging with a number of stakeholders in attendance. Kevin also attended the PINNACLE 2017 conference in Boca Raton, Florida.

 

         FirstNet staff also traveled to El Paso, Texas last week to meet with the Tigua Nation to tour some of their expansive tribal lands and understand the communications complexities the tribe faces, including challenges posed by wildfires and numerous public safety issues along the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

         FirstNet leadership and staff is currently in Denver, Colorado for the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Annual Conference & Expo. Information on FirstNetís participation, including sessions and booth, is available here.

 

         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Virginia Public Safety Broadband Network/FirstNet Region II Conference in Culpepper and the NTCA-The Rural Broadband Associationís Tribal Affairs Committee.

 

         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: FirstNet Heads to the Mile High City for #APCO2017 and PSAC Association Profile: National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

 

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 Governmentís control.

 

Government Technology 8/11: With 12 Jurisdictions on Board, FirstNet Gathers Forward Momentum

http://www.govtech.com/network/With-Jurisdictions-on-Board-FirstNet-Gathers-Forward-Momentum.html

After several years of laying the foundation for a dedicated nationwide public safety communications network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) initiative is building even more momentum as states begin to opt in. To date, a dozen states have signed on stating their intent to join the network.

 

Urgent Communications 8/10: FirstNet reviewing state-plan comments, remains on schedule for Ďopt-in/opt-outí decisions

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-reviewing-state-plan-comments-remains-schedule-opt-inopt-out-decisions

​All states and territories have submitted formal or informal comments about their initial state plans to FirstNet, which expects to respond to the comments and integrate the input in final state plans that are slated to be distributed to governors in mid-September, according to a FirstNet official.

 

StateScoop 8/9: States cite network coverage concerns as FirstNet comments period closes

http://statescoop.com/states-cite-network-coverage-concerns-as-firstnet-comments-period-closes

The 45-day window for states to provide FirstNet feedback on its plans for a nationwide communications network for public safety closed Friday. And while 12 states and territories have now opted in to the plans put forth by the federal agency, questions remain for the 44 still mulling the decision, particularly with regard to network coverage.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNetís social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 105 new followers, now at 7,152.  Facebook has 1,544 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,742 followers.  YouTube has 535 subscribers.