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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. 


Monday, July 03, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 3, 2017

FirstNet News

·         SPOCs and their team members who attended the FirstNet State Plan Kickoff Meeting on June 7-8th in Dallas, Texas, are reminded to please fill out the meeting survey sent Wednesday, June 21 from Kenzie Capece.  Your feedback is appreciated!  

 

·         Last week, FirstNet continued reviews with the states and territories following the release of the State Plans. FirstNet has engaged with 29 states and territories to date, with another 25 meetings scheduled within the 45-day review period.

 

·         FirstNet President TJ Kennedy attended the Arkansas Public Safety Communications Conference in Little Rock, which was held in conjunction with the State Plan review meeting. TJ participated in the conference and was able to hold a side meeting with the Governor to discuss Arkansas’ communications needs.

 

·         FirstNet staff also provided an update on State Plan release to the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Special Committee on Wireless Communications Technology via webinar.

 

·         FirstNet staff presented at the Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo in Austin, Texas, last week in a session on leveraging smart city investments to improve public safety.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet staff and AT&T met with about 30 tribal representatives in Oklahoma City to discuss the Oklahoma State Plan and tribal inputs.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in State Plan Review meetings in Kentucky, Minnesota, and Mississippi; the Esri National Security Summit in San Diego, California; and a meeting of the Connecticut 9-1-1 Commission in Middletown.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: The FirstNet Board Recognizes Progress of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network and FirstNet Comes Home: The Major City (Police) Chiefs Association Annual Meeting.

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.

 

Mission Critical Communications 6/28: FirstNet Expects Initial MCPTT Services to be Available in March 2019

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15674

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) expects initial mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) services to be available on the nationwide public-safety broadband network by March 2019, according to a FirstNet road map for 2018 and 2019.

 

Urgent Communications 6/27: MythBusters: A FirstNet edition

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/mythbusters-firstnet-edition

​Last week, FirstNet and AT&T released a plan for the proposed deployment of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) in all states, triggering multiple timelines associated with governors’ decisions whether to accept the plan or pursue the “opt-out” alternative, which requires the state to build the LTE radio access network (RAN) within its borders.

 

San Antonio Express-News 6/26: Texas reviews federal plan for dedicated high-speed wireless network for emergency responders

http://www.expressnews.com/business/technology/article/Texas-reviews-federal-plan-for-dedicated-11245785.php

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is reviewing whether the state should sign on to a new federal initiative aimed at giving police, firefighters and other first responders access to a dedicated high-speed wireless network.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 71 new followers, now at 6,569.  Facebook has 1,299 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,560 followers.  YouTube has 485 subscribers.
Monday, June 26, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 26, 2017

FirstNet News

·         SPOCs and their team members who attended the FirstNet State Plan Kickoff Meeting on June 7-8th in Dallas, Texas are reminded to please fill out the meeting survey sent Wednesday, June 21 by Kenzie Capece.  Your feedback is appreciated!  

 

·         Last week, FirstNet began holding review meetings with states and territories following the release of State Plans. FirstNet has engaged with 11 states and territories to date, with another 44 meetings scheduled within the 45-day review period.

 

·         FirstNet Board member Sheriff Rich Stanek and President TJ Kennedy were in Reno, Nevada last week for the Major County Sheriffs Association (MCSA) Summer Conference and the National Sheriffs Association (NSA) Annual Conference. TJ and Sheriff Stanek provided FirstNet updates to both groups, including the NSA Executive Committee.

 

·         President TJ Kennedy also presented a FirstNet update last week to the Western Fire Chiefs Association President’s Forum in Park City, Utah.

 

·         FirstNet staff also presented an update at the Canada - U.S. Communications Interoperability Working Group (CANUS-CIWG) meeting last week in Buffalo, New York and virtually at the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) – Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Public Safety Broadband for Canada Workshop held in Ottawa, Ontario.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in State Plan Review meetings in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin; the Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo in Austin, Texas; the Arkansas Public Safety Communications Conference in Little Rock; a meeting via webinar of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Special Committee on Wireless Communications Technology; the Washington APCO Summer Conference in Kennewick; a meeting of the Massachusetts FirstNet Advisory Board in Framingham; a meeting of the Connecticut Broadband Working Group in Hartford; a meeting of the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association in North Providence; and a FEMA Region 1 Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group in Maynard, Massachusetts.

 

·         FirstNet will hold its Combined Committee and Board Meetings on Wednesday, June 28th in Reston, Virginia.  Members of the public may listen to the meeting by dialing toll free 1-888-946-7210 and entering participant code 4574905#.  For more information, including the meeting agenda, please visit the FirstNet website

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: PSAC Association Profile: American Public Works Association (APWA).

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.

 

Engadget 6/20: AT&T offers state governments its emergency LTE network

https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/20/atandt-firstnet-state-government-emergency-lte-network/

FirstNet's priority LTE network for first responders is a long time coming. Now that its deal with AT&T means the project is finally moving forward, some states' firemen and EMTs might have a dedicated network for communication very, very soon. The partners have begun presenting US states and territories with individual State Plans detailing what they'll get. Each State plan comes fully funded and won't cost local governments additional financial resources, but governors can still choose to opt out if they want to build their own network and to conjure up their own plans.

 

Government Technology 6/19: State, Territory Plans and Next Step in FirstNet Build-Out Arrive Ahead of Schedule

http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/State-Territory-Plans-Next-Step-in-FirstNet-Build-Out-Arrive-Ahead-of-Schedule.html

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which earlier this year partnered with telecom company AT&T to build out its nationwide network for public safety officials over the next five years, announced the early rollout of individual plans to rapidly deploy that system to 56 U.S. states and territories.

 

Wireless Week 6/19: FirstNet, AT&T Hand Over Network Plans to States

https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2017/06/firstnet-t-hand-over-network-plans-states

Three months after cementing their partnership, FirstNet and AT&T are handing over network plans to the states.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 83 new followers, now at 6,498.  Facebook has 1,273 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,529 followers.  YouTube has 476 subscribers. 


Monday, June 19, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 19, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Stay tuned for information and resources regarding FirstNet State Plan release today.  Now live, FirstNet.com is our open website for viewers to learn about FirstNet network products and services, as well as the advantages for public safety.

 

·         Last week, the PSAC met in San Antonio, Texas, for the first in-person meeting of the year to update members on FirstNet’s most recent progress and hear from FirstNet and AT&T leadership. PSAC Chair Tom Sorley led dialogue on task team and working group updates, outreach and education efforts and FirstNet and AT&T discussed the people, priorities, and processes around State Plans and the Governor’s decision.  For more details, please read FirstNet’s blog about the meeting.

 

·         FirstNet also attended the 2017 Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting last week, also in San Antonio. FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson delivered the keynote address, which FirstNet published on its blog.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth provided the keynote address at the 5G World Summit in London, United Kingdom.

 

·         FirstNet staffed a booth last week at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) International HAZMAT Response Teams Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

·         FirstNet also participated in the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Conference on Police Telecommunications in Washington, DC.  FirstNet President TJ Kennedy, AT&T and FirstNet staff spoke during “The Future of Emergency Communications” roundtable.  The audience of 150 Police Chiefs and 9-1-1 Center Directors from around the nation, heard details about deployment, and encouraged them to get involved with their State Plan reviews.   Lori Flaherty of the NG-9-1-1 program office talked about plans to deploy this technology nationwide in Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs).

 

·         FirstNet staff also participated in a meeting with the Department of the Interior Radio Executive Steering Committee in Washington, DC.

 

·         FirstNet staff participated in the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Conference in Uncasville, Connecticut to revise the tribal curriculum at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. 

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in State Plan Review meetings in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington; a meeting of the Canada-U.S. Communications Interoperability Working Group in Buffalo, New York; the Major County Sheriffs Summer Conference in Reno, Nevada; a meeting of the Maryland Practitioners Steering Committee in Reisterstown; the Western Fire Chiefs Association President’s Forum in Park City, Utah; a Hawaii Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan Workshop and Emergency Preparedness Executive Consortium meeting in Honolulu; and the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted three new blogs: PSAC Recap: Outreach, State Plans, Network Solutions Focus of Summer Meeting, FirstNet Board Member Gov. James Douglas to States, Public Safety: ‘Keep your eyes on the prize’, and FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2017 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting.

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Urgent Communications 6/15: FirstNet, AT&T share more details about fees, operations as state-plan release date approaches

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/firstnet-att-share-more-details-about-fees-operations-state-plan-rel?page=2

FirstNet officials are working to finalize the fees that states and territories would pay to use the FirstNet LTE core and FirstNet’s licensed 20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum in a potential opt-out scenario, but it is not certain whether these figures will be included in the state plans that could be delivered as early as next week, according to FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson.

 

Fire Chief 6/14: FirstNet: The long-awaited public safety broadband network is underway

https://www.firechief.com/2017/06/14/firstnet-the-long-awaited-public-safety-broadband-network-is-underway/

FirstNet went from an idea to reality thanks to an unwavering and historical unity of public safety leadership. The March 2017 announcement that a contract between FirstNet and AT&T was signed – meaning first responders will have access to services that use the full AT&T network – resulted in excitement throughout the public safety community.

 

Orlando Sun Sentinel 6/12: 'FirstNet' game changer for emergency response

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-jyoped-pulse-anniversary-first-responders-20170612-story.html

Now, we can serve Florida's first responders even better. On March 30, 2017, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) — a new, national high-speed wireless broadband network for public safety — announced it will enter into a public-private partnership with AT&T to construct and administer this long-awaited and vital program. FirstNet represents a major step forward for public safety and national security in the United States — a game-changing development as significant as the adoption of the 9-1-1 system during the latter decades of the 20th century.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 40 new followers, now at 6,415.  Facebook has 1,225 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,491 followers.  YouTube has 466 subscribers.