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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - February 1, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Last week, the User Advocacy (UA) team conducted State single point of contact (SPOC) follow-on meetings with California, Nevada, and Washington to discuss consultation and outreach in 2016.  The team will continue these meetings this week with Idaho and Massachusetts. 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new entries on the FirstNet blog: The Snow Wall, which is a video about a significant weather event in Western NY, and the New Jersey initial State consultation meeting.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

·         Tomorrow morning, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy will be testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology subcommittee at 10:15 a.m. eastern time in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing will be available over webcast on the Committee’s website.  The hearing will be an opportunity to highlight the progress FirstNet has made in recent months with release of the Request for Proposal for the network, as well as our priorities and path forward with consultation and outreach to public safety.

·         This week, FirstNet is speaking at the Affiliated Tribes of the Northwest Indians (ANTI) Winter Convention in Suquamish, California; the 5th Annual Americas Spectrum Management Conference in Washington, DC; a webinar in New York State; the Major City Chiefs Association (MCCA) 2016 Winter Meetings in San Antonio, Texas; a Missouri State Interoperability Executives Committee (SEIC) meeting; the New Hampshire Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting; the National Sheriffs Association Winter Conference in Washington, DC; and the National Governors Association (NGA) Homeland Security Advisors meeting in Washington, DC.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The PSAC Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) and Local Control Task Teams held their first meetings last week via conference call.  The ICAM kickoff introduced the topic with a focus on policy, governance, and impact while the Local Control kickoff focused on the definition and framework and introduced an outline of discussion topics for the next several months.  Additional information is available in today’s blog from Chairman Chief Harlin McEwen.

 

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.

 

Radio Resource/Mission Critical: Does the FirstNet RFP Address States’ Coverage Objectives?

http://www.mccmag.com/Features/FeaturesDetails/FID/637

Several state single points of contact (SPOCs) are generally happy with the coverage details included in the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) request for proposals (RFP), released earlier this month. The timeline for buildout is one area of concern, however.

 

Bloomberg BNA: House Panel to Probe FirstNet Status

http://www.bna.com/house-panel-probe-n57982066604/

House lawmakers have scheduled a hearing for Feb. 2 to gauge progress on the buildout of a public safety broadband network for first responders. The Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology subcommittee is seeking an update on the status of the project, including the request for proposals (RFP) issued on Jan. 14 by the Department of the Interior on behalf of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration.

 

WJLA TV-VA: Billions of dollars and 20 MHz of spectrum at stake in FirstNet RFP

http://wjla.com/news/government-matters/billions-of-dollars-and-20-mhz-of-spectrum-at-stake-in-firstnet-rfp

This month, the First Responder Network Authority issued its final request for proposal (RFP) as it seeks to deploy a nationwide public safety broadband network. Proposals are due by the end of April. The agency expects to make an award in the fourth quarter of 2016. FirstNet President TJ Kennedy offers insight into the agency's final RFP on Government Matters.

 

Fierce Wireless Tech: Rivada: Carriers are not the only potential bidders for FirstNet

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/rivada-carriers-are-not-only-potential-bidders-firstnet/2016-01-24

While a lot of speculation has centered on which wireless operators will participate in FirstNet's bidding process, Rivada Networks wants to remind everyone that it’s in the running as well.

 

Urgent Communications: Wireless Carriers Are Key To Successful FirstNet RFP Bid. Which Are Interested?

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/wireless-carriers-are-key-successful-firstnet-rfp-bid-which-are-interested

A wireless carrier may not be the prime contractor for FirstNet, but the general consensus is that a carrier (or multiple carriers) will have to be part of any winning proposal to build and operate the nationwide public-safety broadband network. Which carriers might be interested, and why?

 

Web and Social Media

The RFP continued to be the most active FirstNet topic on social media.  Twitter gained more than 30 followers last week, and is now at 3,138; LinkedIn has 1,298 followers; YouTube jumped to 210 subscribers; and Google+ now has 63 users. 
Monday, January 25, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - January 25, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Attached here for your use is a new FirstNet slick sheet which outlines key considerations for Governors as they prepare for the FirstNet decision.

·         Last week, FirstNet posted three new entries on the FirstNet blog: Continued Progress Toward the Nation's First Public Safety Broadband Network, which was originally published in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) magazine:  The Police Chief, vol. LXXXIII, no. 1, January 2016; The FirstNet Reading Room; and the Virginia initial state consultation meeting. All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

·         Last week members of the User Advocacy (UA) Team along with officials from the City of Phoenix, Arizona delivered a presentation on FirstNet hosted by the International Association of Emergency Managers to its membership.  The presentation focused on preparation and response for Super Bowl XLIX, which was held in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area.  The Phoenix Office of Emergency Management and Mike Worrell discussed how the FirstNet network could provide enhanced capabilities and reliable mission critical communications before and during an event.  Also last week members of the Tribal Team joined the Minnesota State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) in the second of three meetings with tribes in that state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on a disaster response webinar hosted by the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA).

 

  • This week, FirstNet will attend meetings and events with the Eastern Band of Cherokee (N.C.), the Osage Nation (Okla.), the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services (EMS) “Working Together” Emergency Services Midwest Conference and Exposition (booth), a California First Responder Network (CalFRN) Board meeting, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region X Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group in Massachusetts, Louisiana law enforcement meetings, and a Washington OneNet strategy meeting.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The new PSAC task teams for local control and Identity, Credentialing, and Access Management (ICAM) will kick off this week.  Fourteen individuals expressed interest in participating in each task team.  Chris Lombard from the Seattle Fire Department will chair the ICAM Task Team and Barry Fraser from Alameda County Sheriff’s Office will chair the Local Control Task Team.

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.

 

Wall Street Journal: Verizon Earnings: What to Watch

http://www.wsj.com/articles/verizon-earnings-what-to-watch-1453301890

Verizon has said it would participate in a coming government auction of wireless airwaves, but it hasn’t given much color on how much it will spend. There is also another trove of airwaves out there for the taking. FirstNet, which is a nationwide public safety network, needs a carrier partner and that partner would get access to its spectrum. All the national carriers would be logical partners. FirstNet issued an request for proposals recently, but Verizon hasn’t said for sure whether it plans to apply.

 

FedTech: FirstNet’s RFP Could Lead to Spectrum Bonanza for Public Safety Wireless Vendors

http://www.fedtechmagazine.com/article/2016/01/firstnet-s-rfp-could-lead-spectrum-bonanza-public-safety-wireless-vendors

Now that the formal request for proposal is out, prospective vendors have three months to make their pitch for the federal contract… The competition is expected to be fierce because the reward is significant, and includes getting access to 20 megahertz of wireless spectrum.

 

Urgent Communications: FirstNet Outlines Four Phases of RFP Evaluation Process During Webinar

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-outlines-four-phases-rfp-evaluation-process-during-webinar

Bidders responding to the FirstNet request for proposal (RFP) that was released that week will need to complete a four-phase process to be selected to build and operate the proposed nationwide public-safety broadband network, officials representing FirstNet said during a recent webinar on the topic.

 

Computer World: U.S. Plan For A Public-Safety Network Could Mean A Windfall For A Big Carrier

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3023361/mobile-wireless/us-plan-for-a-public-safety-network-could-mean-a-windfall-for-a-big-carrier.html

A public-safety network across the U.S. that could speed up disaster response may also lead to a big payoff for a mobile carrier. The FirstNet network, set to go live in some areas next year, is intended to unify a crazy quilt of wireless systems for police, firefighters and emergency medical teams. If all goes as planned, it will ensure the agencies can communicate even during disasters and can reach each other to coordinate efforts.

 

Fierce Wireless Tech: Motorola, Intel See FirstNet's final RFP As Major Milestone

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/motorola-intel-see-firstnets-final-rfp-major-milestone/2016-01-19

From Motorola Solutions to Intel, company executives have been busy perusing the hefty Request for Proposals (RFP) that the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released last week for the deployment of a dedicated broadband network for public safety.

 

Web and Social Media

The RFP continued to be a very popular topic on social media this week among public safety entities and industry observers.  Twitter gained more than 35 followers this week, which is higher than average, and is now at 3,108 followers; LinkedIn gained about 30 followers and is now at 1,282 followers; YouTube jumped to 205 subscribers; and Google+ remains at 62 users.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

NEW! - State of Wisconsin Field Operations Guide (WI-FOG)

The State of Wisconsin Field Operations Guide (WI-FOG) Version 1.0 is now available. The full size version of WI-FOG is available here. Additionally, a printable pocket size version is available here.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - January 19, 2016

FirstNet News

·         The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network was released on Wednesday January 13. Responses to date from the public safety community, states and industry players have been overwhelmingly positive. Information, including a link to the RFP on FedBizOpps, is available on the FirstNet.gov homepage.  The slide deck from Friday’s webinar is available on the website; an archive of the webinar will be available soon.

·         Last week, FirstNet posted Part One of a two-part video series highlighting plans for 2016 consultation:  Video Blog: FirstNet's 2016 Consultation Program – Part 1  and one other entry on the FirstNet blog: FirstNet Staff Meets with Arkansas Interoperable Communications Executive Committee.  FirstNet also posted an educational video about the RFPAll blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

·         Last week, User Advocacy (UA), Government Affairs, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and the Office of the Chief Counsel participated in the Southeast Public Safety Broadband Summit, hosted by the Alabama FirstNet team, which included approximately 180 public safety attendees from 11 states in the Southeast region.  Topics included the FirstNet RFP, consultation in 2016, state plans, a PSAC and Tribal Working Group update, rural coverage, technical updates, State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) update, NG9-1-1, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) use cases, firefighting tactics and fusion centers, early adopter lessons learned, and state updates.  A special thank you to Chuck Murph and his team for organizing last week’s event.   

·         The UA Federal Team held a conference call with Federal Agency Point of Contacts.  Eight agencies participated in a discussion about the 2016 consultation process with federal departments and agencies.  Questions focused on use of federal assets and subscription options for federal agencies. 

·         Also last week, the UA western region tribal government liaison joined the Nevada single point of contact (SPOC) in a meeting with the Inter-tribal Emergency Response Commission (ITERC) to discuss tribal engagement with the state and FirstNet in 2016. Eight of 27 tribes were represented by a public safety official or tribal leader. Discussions included better utilizing SLIGP funding to assist in convening tribal engagements and leveraging the Governor’s appointment of a tribal delegate to the state’s Public Safety Communications Committee.

·         This week, FirstNet will attend the Alabama Sheriffs Association (ASA) Winter Conference, the Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Meeting, an International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Webinar entitled, “How FirstNet Could Benefit Emergency Managers at the Super Bowl” and a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 1 Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG) meeting in Maynard, Massachusetts.

·         Please save the date for the Spring 2016 SPOC Meeting, planned for April 12-13 or April 13-14.  The meeting will likely be held in the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area.  Logistical information and a draft agenda will be provided in the coming weeks.  Please direct any questions to Amanda.Hilliard@firstnet.gov.

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The Early Builder Working Group (EBWG) met via conference call on January 12. During the call, representatives from all five early builders and CTO staff recapped the December PSAC meeting, discussed the 2016 consultation package, and provided brief updates on each of the projects.  The EBWG also began planning an in-person meeting tentatively scheduled for early March at the FirstNet CTO headquarters.

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.

 

FCW: Final FirstNet RFP Hits the Streets

https://fcw.com/articles/2016/01/13/firstnet-rfp-rockwell.aspx

The final request for proposals for a nationwide, wireless, interoperable broadband communications network for first responders has been issued, and the First Responder Network Authority said it addresses industry's questions about the business model and spectrum.

 

Radio Resource/Mission Critical: FirstNet Releases RFP with $100B Ceiling for 25-Year Contract

Previous Headline: FirstNet Releases RFP, Proposals Due April 29

http://www.rrmediagroup.com/Features/FeaturesDetails/FID/633

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Jan. 13 issued its request for proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the nationwide public-safety broadband network. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a guaranteed minimum of $150 million and a contract ceiling of $100 billion for the 25-year performance period.

 

Investor’s Business Daily: AT&T, Verizon Eye Spectrum Lease In FirstNet Contract

http://news.investors.com/technology/011316-789618-att-verizon-eye-spectrum-lease-in-firstnet-contract.htm

The federal contract for a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety is expected to be awarded in Q4 — giving AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and other wireless firms an opportunity to lease prime radio spectrum as part of a public-private partnership. The First Responder Network Authority released its request for proposals from bidders on Wednesday. FirstNet, part of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said responses are due April 29.

 

Web and Social Media

The RFP was the most popular FirstNet topic on social media last week, with industry players, states, and public safety agencies engaging on the subject.  Twitter gained more than 50 followers this week, which is about twice as much as a normal week, and is now at 3,072 followers; LinkedIn gained more than 40 followers, now at 1,253 followers; YouTube has 192 subscribers; and Google+ has 62 users. 


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FirstNet RFP Released - January 13, 2016

FirstNet issued the Request for Proposal (RFP) today for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.  This is a major step forward for both FirstNet and the public safety community, as it sets in motion the process for us to partner with industry to build and deploy the network.  This is something that first responders have been looking forward to for many years, and we are excited about moving public safety even closer to having their own network.

 

FirstNet will conduct a public webinar on Friday, January 15 from  1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to review key RFP elements with interested parties, including states, tribes, territories, public safety stakeholders, and market participants.  The webinar will be available on FirstNet’s website, with a link to the event webpage from the FirstNet’s homepage. 

 

 

Please visit the www.firstnet.gov for additional information and a direct link to the RFP.