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Monday, January 09, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - January 9, 2017

FirstNet News

  • Last week, FirstNet was in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 50th Annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). In Wednesday’s Broadband session, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy moderated the panel “FirstNet: How Broadband Can Power Public Safety Transformation,” highlighting all the different ways broadband will assist first responders. The panel included Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; Maggie Goodrich, Chief Information Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department; and FirstNet Senior Advisor Bill Schrier.
  • On Sunday, CEO Mike Poth gave a keynote at CES’s Government Conference on “FirstNet, Emergency Management and Communications.”  He spoke on FirstNet’s efforts to modernize public safety communications. 
  • This week, FirstNet will be participating in a Rhode Island Association of Emergency Managers meeting in Cranston and an Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission (ITERC) Board Meeting in Sparks, Nevada.

 News from the PSAC, States and Territories

  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR) has scheduled two webinars to provide general information and discuss important considerations for the Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program (PSIAP) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO):

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.

Government Technology 1/5: CES 2017: Officials Talk FirstNet, Public Safety Technology

http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/CES-2017-Officials-Talk-FirstNet-Public-Safety-Technology.html

 

As electronics giants revealed their latest partnerships and products at CES 2017, a group of public safety professionals gathered Jan. 4 for an update on FirstNet, the national First Responder Network Authority signed into federal law nearly five years ago — and a panel discussion about what’s next for their industry.  FirstNet President T.J. Kennedy told the Consumer Electronics Show audience — a roughly half-full room including public safety professionals and at least one general contractor — that the network has taken in bids and should award a contract later this year.  The session’s real question, however, was how broadband can power a public safety transformation.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 39 new followers, now at 4,808.  Facebook has 586 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,809 followers.  YouTube has 370 subscribers. 


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - January 3, 2017

FirstNet News

  • 2016 was a busy year for FirstNet, with nearly 700 high-level consultation and outreach engagements across the 56 states and territories, as well as Canada, Greece, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. This includes SPOC Engagement Meetings, Governance Body Meetings, Metro Engagement Meetings, Executive Engagement Meetings, and Consultation Task Team Meetings. In addition, members of the FirstNet team were involved in hundreds of smaller, one-on-one engagements, conferences, and other engagements throughout 2016 to make FirstNet a success.
  • Looking forward into 2017, FirstNet has confirmed more than 30 speaking engagements thus far in no less than 15 states and territories, as well as the United Kingdom. In particular, FirstNet is looking forward in the near-term to the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana; the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Impact Week Meeting in Arlington, Virginia; and the Journal of Emergency Medical Services’ (JEMS) EMS Today Conference and Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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.

StateScoop 12/28: NIST Stakes $30 Million Grant for Public Safety Broadband Apps and Innovations

http://statescoop.com/nist-stakes-30-million-grant-public-safety-broadband-apps-innovations

There is $30 million up for grabs for organizations that can deliver digital tools for the nation's first public-safety communications network.  The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), tasked to coordinate the network's launch, advertised the grant in a blog post on Dec. 22, saying it would look for solutions that accelerated research and development of broadband technologies for first responders. Funding comes from $300 million in congressional support for the new network, and the grants are released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR). 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate the past two weeks.  Twitter gained 57 new followers, now at 4,769.  Facebook has 563 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,800 followers.  YouTube has 368 subscribers. 


Monday, December 19, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - December 19, 2016

FirstNet News

·         The FirstNet Board and executive team held the Quarterly Board Meeting last week in Sacramento, California. Discussion addressed the major steps in the evolution of FirstNet as an operational entity and meeting the objectives for initial deployment of the FirstNet Network. FirstNet leadership focused on the critical work to be completed during the first 100 days post-RFP award on network design and technology roadmaps, the State Plans portal, and other network components.

 

·         The PSAC also held their winter in-person meeting in Sacramento last week. Chair Sue Swenson and Vice Chair Jeff Johnson gave opening remarks, commemorating PSAC Chair Chief (Ret.) Harlin McEwen’s service to the PSAC and FirstNet. President TJ Kennedy and CCO Rich Reed led a discussion with members about the importance of engaging their associations at this juncture in FirstNet’s progress, and the vital role the PSAC will play in the future.

 

·         FirstNet has completed 47 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with a meeting in Kentucky last week. On Tuesday, FirstNet briefed the Kentucky Wireless Interoperability Executive Committee in Frankfort. Discussion focused on the next phase of FirstNet and the State Plan process.

 

·         Also on Tuesday, FirstNet staff and the Minnesota SPOC team met with the Red Lake Nation Tribal Council in Red Lake to provide a FirstNet update and answer questions from the Council and community members. There were a number of questions about the FirstNet Network, with cost and coverage being of particular interest to the tribe.

 

·         FirstNet also attended the Association of Air Medical Services’ Air Medical Transport Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. FirstNet staff spoke to the group’s Board of Directors on Tuesday and briefed a breakout group on Wednesday.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blog posts: Why FirstNet is Needed Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow and PSAC Profile: International City/County Management Association (ICMA). All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

·         Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) is excited to announce the release of the NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program Funding Opportunity to rapidly accelerate research and development related to public safety broadband communications. Through this opportunity, PSCR anticipates awarding up to $30,000,000 in grants and cooperative agreements by May 2017. The funding opportunity is open to all non-Federal entities. In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with public safety organizations to create innovative and impactful proposals. For more information, please visit PSCR’s grants page: https://www.nist.gov/ctl/pscr/funding-partnerships/grants. The funding opportunity can also be found on Grants.gov: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290542.

 

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 12/13: FirstNet Preparing Network Policies for Nationwide Contractor, Opt-Out States

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/firstnet-preparing-network-policies-nationwide-contractor-opt-out-st

FirstNet’s technical staff has established a draft set of network policies that will be followed throughout the United States, whether the radio access network (RAN) is deployed by FirstNet’s nationwide contractor or by opt-out states, FirstNet officials said today.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 27 new followers, now at 4,712.  Facebook has 550 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,795 followers.  YouTube has 367 subscribers. 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - December 12, 2016

FirstNet News

  • FirstNet CEO Mike Poth gave an update to the California Broadband Council in Sacramento last Thursday. Mike explained how FirstNet will benefit both the state and public safety nationwide and addressed questions on topics including opt-out costs and the use of deployables in the event of wildfires in mountainous or rural areas.
  • Also last week, FirstNet staff and the Oklahoma Public Safety Broadband Network team (OKPSBN) exhibited at the 2016 All Hazards Incident Management Teams Association Educational Symposium in Oklahoma City. FirstNet and OKPSBN provided a briefing on the importance of public safety broadband and how it will transform incident management in the future, and demonstrated related data applications. The FirstNet team had multiple opportunities to answer questions related to the State Plan process and the future benefits of the network in large-scale incident response.
  • On Monday, FirstNet attended the Democratic Governors Association Annual December Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Staff were able to answer questions about the opt-in/opt-out process, ongoing state consultation, and next steps in 2017.
  • On Tuesday, FirstNet staff met with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Ignacio, Colorado, providing an overview of FirstNet and fielding questions from the officials in attendance. FirstNet will aim to schedule another meeting in the near future with the tribe’s council.
  • On Thursday, FirstNet staff gave a FirstNet overview and update at the National Conference of State Legislatures Capitol Forum in Washington, DC to state legislators from the telecom committee.
  • This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Association of Air Medical Services Air Medical Transport Conference in Charlotte, NC; an FCC Region 19 700/800MHz Committee meeting in Cranston, RI; a FirstNet Board Meeting in Sacramento, CA; the Kentucky Governance Body Meeting in Frankfort; a Red Lake Nation Tribal Council meeting in Red Lake, MN; the PSAC Winter Meeting in Sacramento, CA; a Maine Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Augusta; and a meeting of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s Transportation Safety Advancement Group in Washington, DC.
  • Last week, FirstNet posted two new blog posts: IACP Passes Resolution in Support of the FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network and Key Considerations for the FirstNet State Plan. All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.
  • The Fall 2016 911 Newsletter can now be found at the FirstNet Newsroom

 News from the PSAC, States and Territories

  • Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) is excited to announce the release of the NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program Funding Opportunity to rapidly accelerate research and development related to public safety broadband communications. Through this opportunity, PSCR anticipates awarding up to $30,000,000 in grants and cooperative agreements by May 2017. The funding opportunity is open to all non-Federal entities. In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with public safety organizations to create innovative and impactful proposals. For more information, please visit PSCR’s grants page, https://www.nist.gov/ctl/pscr/funding-partnerships/grants. The funding opportunity can also be found on Grants.gov, http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290542.

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.

MDJT CBS 58 12/6: First Responders Leverage Private LTE Network During Major Central Ohio Sporting Event

http://www.cbs58.com/story/33920140/first-responders-leverage-private-lte-network-during-major-central-ohio-sporting-event

The demonstration provided an end-to-end Band 14 solution for a number of public safety professionals in charge of security for The Ohio State University's football game on Nov. 5th 2016. The use of Band 14 spectrum was granted by FirstNet. The exercise included 75 participants from several federal, state and local public safety agencies that regularly support security operations at the football stadium.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 36 new followers, now at 4,685.  Facebook has 542 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,790 followers.  YouTube has 365 subscribers. 


Monday, December 05, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - December 5, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Last week, FirstNet Board member Rich Stanek and President TJ Kennedy held meetings with the leaders of the National Sheriffs Association and the Fraternal Order of Police in the Washington, DC area. Both meetings were opportunities to provide programmatic updates and hold productive dialogue with two of the biggest public safety trade associations in the country.

 

·         On Tuesday, FirstNet staff attended the FirstNetNC Tech Expo hosted by the North Carolina SPOC team in Raleigh. The FirstNet presentation concentrated on State Plan delivery, adoption, and the need for stakeholder feedback and participation to truly make the FirstNet network public safety’s network.

 

·         On Thursday, Board member Rich Stanek and FirstNet staff presented a FirstNet update to the Arizona Sheriffs’ Association Conference in Phoenix. Discussion and questions included the topics of rural coverage, timelines, and budget.

 

·         On Friday, Board member Chris Burbank and FirstNet staff addressed the California Police Chiefs Association Conference in Huntington Beach. They provided updates on the status of the RFP, the state plan process and timeline, as well as a review of the FirstNet benefits, including priority and preemption. 

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet also participated in the 10th Annual Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia. CITIG presented an opportunity for FirstNet to interact with Canadian public safety and government officials as Canada moves toward implementation of their own public safety broadband network.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the Democratic Governors Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana; a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; a California Broadband Council meeting in Sacramento; a meeting with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in Ignacio, Colorado; and the National Conference of State Legislatures Capitol Forum in Washington, DC.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blog posts: Fall SPOC Meeting Helps with Prep for State Plans, Governor’s Decision and Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley on FirstNet and the “Mobile Officer”. All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

·         The Fall 2016 911 Newsletter can now be found at the FirstNet Newsroom

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.

 

GCN 12/1: FirstNet Preps for New Network with Test Lab

https://gcn.com/articles/2016/12/01/firstnet-test-lab.aspx

The First Responder Network Authority continues its march toward delivering a nationwide broadband network to public safety workers with the FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab. Opened Nov. 9 in FirstNet’s Boulder, Colo., technical headquarters, the lab is intended to be a “plug and play” environment in which the authority and its future industry partners will test apps, devices and features before deploying them to the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 42 new followers, now at 4,649.  Facebook has 528 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,782 followers.  YouTube has 364 subscribers.