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Monday, July 21, 2014

SPOC FirstNet Weekly Update - July 21

FirstNet News


·         Nearly 100 representatives from state, local, and tribal entities participated in California’s first town hall on public safety communications last week. Amanda Hilliard presented on behalf of FirstNet and met with key state officials, including the SPOC and members of the state’s FirstNet planning team.   Amanda posted a detailed blog entry on the town hall and her meetings with key state officials at:

·         Any feedback on the new outreach materials ( may be submitted to by July 25.

·         Amanda Hilliard will participate as a panelist on Urgent Communications Public-Safety Broadband:  The State of the States webinar July 23 at 2:00 PM EDT.  Other panelists include Todd Early, Texas SPOC; Scott Neal, Pennsylvania SPOC; Bill Malone, Executive Director of Adams County Communications Center (ADCOM911); and Darryl Anderson, Ohio SPOC. Register Here.

·         The FirstNet Consultation and Outreach teams continue to prepare for the Maryland initial consultation meeting on July 29.  We have received 17 completed state consultation checklists as of today from the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Washington D.C., Florida, Guam, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

·         Dave Buchanan and Mike Dame will speak on a National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) webinar July 31 to NASCIO state members to provide a brief update on FirstNet consultation and SLIGP. 


Media Watch

Traditional Media – McClatchy news service ran an article about the public safety projects from the NTIA BTOP program. This story received considerable attention from the public safety community and members of Congress.  Other articles of interest are highlighted below: 


·         Millions in Federal Emergency Communications Funding Lost, Diverted

·         House Democrats call for investigation of anti-competitive allegations against Motorola Solutions

·         Upcoming webinar promises to provide insights on FirstNet-state relationships


Social Media – The FirstNet Twitter account grew to 580 followers as we continue to promote FirstNet and stakeholder activities through social media outlets.  Our LinkedIn account had another steady increase in followers this week, up to 120 followers.  We profiled Illinois and New Hampshire last week through our FirstNet blogs available at


From the States

·         The Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, a non profit organization representing 26 tribes and communities within Nevada, will be meeting with George Molnar, Nevada’s SWIC, on July 22.  The ITCN serves as a large political body for the small Nevada tribes, playing a major role in promoting health, educational, social, economic and job opportunity programs.  The council also manages federal and state funded programs aimed at improving the well-being of community members.  This meeting is part of Nevada’s SLIGP related outreach.

Friday, July 18, 2014

WI FirstNet Newsletter - July 2014

Please find the very first newsletter dedicated to the Public Safety Broadband Wireless project in Wisconsin. It may be found here: WI FirstNet Newsletter - July 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014

Request for comments on Model City for Demonstrating and Evaluating Advanced Spectrum Sharing Technologies

NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission’s FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) issue this Joint Public Notice to seek public comment on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recommendation that the Secretary of Commerce establish a public-private partnership to facilitate the creation of an urban test city that would support rapid experimentation and development of policies, underlying technologies, and system capabilities for advanced, dynamic spectrum sharing. The test services (referenced herein as a “Model City”) for demonstrating and evaluating advanced spectrum sharing technologies could include large-scale sustainable facilities for systems-level testing in real-world environments across multiple frequency bands, including public safety and selected federal bands.

Through this Joint Public Notice, NTIA and OET seek to promote the Model City concept in conjunction with: (1) the new Center for Advanced Communications established by NTIA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and (2) the FCC’s existing experimental licensing program.

Comments will be due 45 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

FCC - EAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

From the FCC "Today we take steps to strengthen the Emergency Alert System (EAS) by proposing revisions to our EAS rules to address problems encountered during the first nationwide test of the EAS. Specifically, in light of the lessons learned from the nationwide EAS test, which occurred on November 9, 2011, this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to: (1) establish a national location code for EAS alerts issued by the President; (2) amend our rules governing a national EAS test code for future nationwide tests; (3) require broadcasters, cable service providers, and other entities required to comply with the Commission’s EAS rules (EAS Participants) to file test result data electronically; and (4) require EAS Participants to meet minimal standards to ensure that EAS alerts are accessible to all members of the public, including those with disabilities." The full report may be retrieved here: FCC 14-93A1

Monday, June 23, 2014

Interoperability Council seeks Stakeholder comment

The Wisconsin Interoperability Council is seeking stakeholder feedback on the Governance Assessment report and draft Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP) for the next 30 days.

Feedback may be submitted to Tim Pierce, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, by e-mail at

Your feedback is vital to the Interoperability Council during the formal adoption process of these two documents.

Wisconsin Governance Assessment Report

Draft Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP)