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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 23, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Kenzie Capece, Senior Outreach Advisor, joins FirstNet from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC).  Kenzie led multiple governance, education, and outreach efforts for state and local public safety.  Prior to her Federal roles, Kenzie was a consultant on public safety grants, infrastructure protection, and homeland security policy for DHS for several years.  She is based in Reston, VA and can be reached at kenzie.capece@firstnet.gov or (202) 768-2542. 

·         FirstNet continued its participation in State Governance Body Consultation Meetings last week with presentations on May 19 in Colorado and Nebraska.  In Colorado, the FirstNet team answered questions from over 40 attendees, including local public safety and elected officials, on a variety of topics such as deployment timelines, quality assurance plans, coverage objectives, and rural coverage. In Nebraska, over 25 attendees representing multiple disciplines engaged in conversations on the State Plan process and how to get more agencies involved in the Nebraska outreach efforts.  The attendees also asked questions about the future of deployables on the network and the conditions in which they can be used.  The Nebraska Public Safety Broadband Planning Project Working Group members discussed the current process for data devices training, as well as how to establish a quality of service, priority and preemption (QPP) process for their users.  FirstNet has now completed 14 Governance Body Consultation Meetings. 

·         FirstNet continued its metropolitan engagement strategy last week with a meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.  More than 40 officials from the Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Fire Rescue, and neighboring public safety agencies engaged in an interactive discussion with FirstNet and the Georgia SPOC on the key features of the network like prioritization and cybersecurity.  In addition, FirstNet and Atlanta officials discussed the city’s Video Integration Center and how FirstNet could help officers in the field receive data from this center.

·         FirstNet staff and Board Vice Chair Jeff Johnson participated in the Metro Fire Chiefs Association Conference, which concluded last week in Long Beach, California.  During the Conference, FirstNet discussed the request for proposal (RFP), consultation, the factors that may affect the timing of public safety adoption of mission critical voice once it’s available over long term evolution (LTE), the importance of maintaining LMR in the immediate-term, and the purpose of FirstNet’s upcoming metro engagements.

·         Last week, FirstNet published a new entry on its blog: Austin-Travis County EMS Talks Broadband Benefits, ‘Why They Serve’, in response to annual Police Week and EMS Week.  Several associations amplified FirstNet’s additional Police and EMS Week materials on their websites, newsletters, and social media feeds, including the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and the National Volunteer Fire Council.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

o   To view all of our Police Week content, please see our landing page at: Police Week 2016: FirstNet Recognizes our Nation’s Law Enforcement Personnel.  

o   Our EMS week content can be viewed on this page:  EMS Week 2016: FirstNet Recognizes our Nation’s Emergency Medical Services Personnel.

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the IAFC Fire-Rescue Med 2016 in Henderson, Nevada; the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Communications and Technology Committee meeting in Dallas, Texas; the Montgomery County (MD) Police meetings in Gaithersburg, Maryland; the New York State City/County Management Association Annual Conference in Corning; the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management conference in Dallas, Texas; the Wireless Infrastructure Show 2016 in Dallas, Texas; the Maine Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) Public Meeting in Bangor; the New York PEIS Public Meeting in New York City; the Major Cities (Police) Chiefs Association (MCCA)/Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)/National Executive Institute Associates (NEIA) 2016 Joint Meeting in New York, New York; the Maine Interoperable Communications Committee (Governance Body) meeting in Augusta; the Massachusetts PEIS Public Meeting in Boston; the Connecticut PEIS Public Meeting in New Haven; the Minnesota Governance Body meeting in Shoreview; the Rhode Island PEIS Public Meeting in Providence; the New York PEIS Public Meeting in Albany; and the Vermont Chiefs of Police Association/Vermont Sheriffs Association joint meeting in Fairlee.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The PSAC Local Control task team met on Thursday, May 19 to discuss onboarding.  They will next meet on Thursday, June 16 to discuss their final initial recommendations for review by the full PSAC.

·         The PSAC Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) task team will meet on Tuesday, May 24 to wrap up its discussion of federation.

·         Preparations are underway for the next in-person PSAC meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 6 in San Diego, California.  Thank you to those who have registered.  An agenda is forthcoming.

 

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.

 

Fierce Wireless Tech 5/18: Wells Fargo analysts: Don't forget the wildcard that is FirstNet

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/wells-fargo-analysts-dont-forget-wildcard-firstnet/2016-05-18

Analysts at Well Fargo Securities are reminding investors that the winner of the FirstNet contract will get access to 20 MHz of nationwide 700 MHz spectrum in the upper D block – representing one of the last ways for carriers to get access to new spectrum outside the secondary market. FirstNet's deadline to submit final RFP proposals is May 31, and bidding for the FCC's reverse auction of 600 MHz airwaves is slated to start the same day.

 

MissionCritical Communications 5/16: FirstNet Completes 55 SPOC Engagement Meetings in 4 Months

http://www.mccmag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/14269

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) completed 55 state single points of contact (SPOC) engagement meetings between January and April. The meetings re-engaged FirstNet officials with the SPOCs and their leadership teams to lay the groundwork for the remainder of consultation activities in 2016 and future state plans.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow at a steady pace.  Twitter gained over 45 new followers and is now at 3,675 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,513 followers.  YouTube now has 272 subscribers.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 16, 2016

FirstNet News

·         The annual National Police Week and EMS Week are being celebrated in communities across the Nation this week. To commemorate these events, FirstNet has developed videos (noted below) to recognize the women and men that serve in these key public safety disciplines. Please feel free to share within your states and associations.

o   To honor the law enforcement community, please see the following message from PSAC Chair Harlin McEwen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b2mmujt_rU. For more information, please visit our Police Week 2016 web page.

o   The entire FirstNet organization extends our sincerest appreciation to all our nation’s paramedics and other public safety personnel for the important work they do every day. Please see following message from FirstNet Board Member Kevin McGinnis on EMS Week 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAjoOtbBaKo.

·         FirstNet continued its participation in State Governance Body Consultation Meetings last week with a presentation to the Oregon State Interoperability Executive Council and Broadband Advisory Council on May 10. The meeting was attended by approximately 35 public safety stakeholders from different agencies across Oregon.  FirstNet staff engaged in productive dialogue and fielded questions related to coverage objectives, public safety applications, and the State Plan development and delivery process. Attendees also inquired about prioritization of users, devices, and the FirstNet implementation timeline. FirstNet has now completed 12 Governance Body Consultation Meetings. 

·         Also in Oregon last week, FirstNet, along with the Oregon SPOC team, met with officials from Portland Fire and Rescue, the Portland Police Bureau, the Portland Bureau of Technology Services, and the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer. The meetings covered a wide range of topics, including updates on the request for proposal (RFP), the data collected on the Portland metro area, and the specific wireless broadband needs of the city’s public safety agencies. FirstNet will participate in a similar engagement this week in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as upcoming national association meetings, to preview and seek interest regarding metropolitan area engagement with FirstNet. FirstNet Board members, leadership, and staff are confirmed to participate in conferences hosted by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, the Major County Sheriffs Association, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

·         Last week, FirstNet published a new entry on its blog: The FirstNet Experience: Ohio’s Video Game Virtually Demonstrates Network’s Potential, which was then reposted by EMS World.  An article on FirstNet’s work related to applications was published in APCO’s monthly magazine in time for the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Broadband Summit this week in Washington, DC. Also, the FirstNet video on Puerto Rico’s fire service personnel was published in the International Public Safety Association’s weekly newsletter.  Additionally, last week’s blog on wildfire awareness was shared in a National Association of State Foresters newsletter, which reaches a niche group of 2,000 first responders.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers Symposium in the West in Reno, Nevada; the Metro Fire Chiefs Association (MFCA) Conference in Long Beach, California; a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) public meeting in Washington, DC; the APCO 2016 Public Safety Broadband Summit in Washington, DC; the Government Performance Summit 2016 in Washington, DC; the DC Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Washington, DC; the DC Unified Communications Center meeting in Washington, DC; the New York State 9-1-1 Coordinators Conference in Corning, New York; the Atlanta Metropolitan engagement meeting in Atlanta, Georgia; a PEIS public meeting in Annapolis, Maryland; the Colorado Governance Body Consultation meeting in Arvada, Colorado; and the Nebraska Governance Body Consultation Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories, and Federal Partners

·         The Public Safety Communications Research project (PSCR), in conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has just released several new roadmap documents to its public safety research and design work.  Please take a look at the links below for more information:

o   Location based services (LBS) Roadmap: http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/TechnicalNotes/NIST.TN.1883.pdf

o   LBS Summit: http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/TechnicalNotes/NIST.TN.1914.pdf

o   Analytics Roadmap: http://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/TechnicalNotes/NIST.TN.1917.pdf

·         The PSAC Local Control task team met on Thursday, May 12 to review its initial recommendations to FirstNet. They will next meet on Thursday, May 19 to discuss onboarding.

·         The PSAC Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) task team met on Tuesday, May 10 to discuss user attributes, federation, and single sign on (SSO). They will next meet on Tuesday, May 24 to wrap up federation.

·         The PSAC Early Builders Working Group (EBWG) held their monthly meeting last week to share lessons learned.

·         Preparations are underway for the next in-person PSAC meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 6 in San Diego, California. Thank you to those who have registered. An agenda is forthcoming.

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 5/11: FirstNet Continues States Data Collection, Won’t Affect Procurement

http://www.mccmag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/14262

A First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) executive said that although the entity is accepting additional data from states, the data will not be incorporated into FirstNet’s acquisition process or considered for proposal evaluations. The initial data submitted by states and territories in 2015, on behalf of local, state and tribal public-safety agencies, was used to inform FirstNet’s request for proposals (RFP). Bids are due at the end of the month. Those original inputs have been frozen and will not be changed, said Brian Hobson, FirstNet state plans technical lead, in a blog.

Calibre Press 5/12: How FirstNet Will Enhance Officer Safety (By Mike Poth)

http://calibrepress.com/2016/05/how-firstnet-will-enhance-officer-safety/

The men and women of public safety deserve the best available tools to protect our communities. For example, body-worn, as well as dashboard cameras, and intelligent wearable devices connected to smartphones, can improve public safety operations by communicating on-scene data to dispatch and real-time crime centers. To be able to use technologies like these, we must first have the infrastructure available in the form of a broadband network. That’s where FirstNet comes in.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow at a steady pace.  Twitter gained over 35 new followers and is now at 3,630 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,500 followers.  YouTube now has 270 subscribers.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 9, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Last week, FirstNet continued consultation by participating in five State Governance Body Consultation Meetings in Alaska, Iowa, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Since a large percentage of these states are rural, there was significant discussion about rural coverage and FirstNet’s plans for rural areas. Consultation Task Teams (CTTs) were also a topic of much discussion, and Iowa expressed an interest in hosting a regional CTT and an Iowa state CTT in the future. FirstNet has now completed 11 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings.

·         On May 5, Director of Government Affairs Ed Parkinson, and Senior Fire Advisor Mike Worrell gave a general FirstNet presentation at the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s Annual Seminar in Washington, DC. The theme of the program was "Making a Difference at the National Level," which brought together thousands of fire and EMS personnel from across the country for a series of seminars and meetings with federal agency officials and members of Congress. The FirstNet session addressed topics including the State Plan process, governor decision, and rural coverage, and one participant brought up the importance of maintaining existing LMR systems until mission critical voice is a reality. FirstNet also had meetings with representatives of the National Volunteer Fire Council and the International Association of Fire Chiefs to discuss timelines, the State Plan process, and continued engagement with their members.

·         FirstNet Board member Teri Takai, Mike Poth and Government Affairs staff attended the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) Mid-Year Conference and DC Fly-In last week. The DC Fly-In is an opportunity for state CIOs and other key staff to meet with Congressional and federal government decision makers on policies and programs that have a significant impact on state governments. FirstNet was a key focus area for the Fly-In, during which FirstNet representatives provided a keynote address and  engaged attendees in a Q&A session on FirstNet.

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) 8th Annual Law Enforcement and Public Safety Technology Forum in Washington, DC; the FEMA Regional Emergency Communication Coordination Working Group in Salt Lake City, UT; the Oregon Governance Body Consultation Meeting in Salem; a Portland, OR Metro Consultation Meeting; a Richmond, VA Fire Department FirstNet Meeting; the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association Conference; the New Mexico APCO/NENA Training Conference in Albuquerque, NM; the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Conference in Long Beach, CA; the IAFC Volunteer & Combination Officers Symposium in the West in Reno, NV.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The PSAC Identity, Credentials, and Access Management (ICAM) task team will meet on Tuesday May 10.

·         The PSAC Early Builders Working Group (EBWG) will meet on Wednesday May 11.

 

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.

 

FedScoop 5/2: FirstNet Board: “We need federal participation”

http://fedscoop.com/firstnet-board-we-need-federal-participation

FirstNet, a $7 billion government initiative to construct a nationwide broadband network for first responders, is on track to be financially self-sufficient by 2022 — so long as it can effectively coax federal agencies into embracing the program.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence continued to grow last week at a regular pace, with Twitter gaining more than 30 new followers, now at 3,594; LinkedIn now has 1,491 followers; and YouTube has 267 subscribers. This week, we posted new entries on the FirstNet blog to recognize Public Service Recognition Week 2016 and International Firefighters Day.  We have also posted a new video this week highlighting fire service personnel in Puerto Rico and how broadband technology is helping them with response operations and day-to-day activities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4V8fOvvsXY.
Monday, May 02, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 2, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Last month, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy and FirstNet staff had the opportunity to conduct meetings with executives from the Seattle, Washington Police and Fire departments.  These meetings provided great insight into their departments’ unique technical, operational and purchasing needs.  These sessions were part of FirstNet’s expanding outreach efforts with metropolitan areas during 2016, as discussed on state/territory single point of contact (SPOC) calls.  Over the next two months, FirstNet will participate in national association meetings with the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs, the Major Cities Police Chiefs and the U.S Conference of Mayors.  In preparation for these meetings and eventual service adoption, FirstNet will reach out in the hopes to meet with additional cities.  Should you like more information on FirstNet’s on-going metropolitan outreach efforts or any other outreach initiatives (e.g., federal, tribal, rural), please contact your Regional Lead.

·         Last week, FirstNet participated in three State governance body meetings in California, Louisiana, and Massachusetts.  FirstNet has now completed six State governance body meetings in 2016.  These engagements are designed to set honest expectations and identify and discuss key desires/issues for the State Plan and the State Plan review process.  Additionally, they allow for further engagement with the key influencers to the Governor.  A follow-up SPOC webinar is in the works for May to further discuss the consultation task team (CTT) process and Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) topic.

·         FirstNet CEO Mike Poth and Board member Teri Takai spoke to nearly 100 federal executives and technology industry representatives at the FedScoop Public Sector Innovation Summit in Arlington, Virginia on April 26.  Discussion topics included background on FirstNet, achievements and anticipated milestones in the program, and the potential of FirstNet to bring about technological innovations for public safety and the Internet of First Responder Things.  Additional emphasis was placed on the idea that the network will require both the creativity and innovation of the private sector and the buy-in of federal agencies with a public safety role.

·         On April 27, FirstNet spoke at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) State Broadband Leaders Workshop in Arlington, Virginia.  The Broadband Leaders group consists of state representatives engaged in broadband deployment and adoption programs, as well as projects and activities that integrate broadband into the daily life and routine of Americans.  The group, which included representation from 15 states, asked questions regarding State Plans and network deployment timelines, federal engagement, use of public assets, and secondary use of the FirstNet spectrum.

·         Last week, FirstNet published four new entries on its blog: FirstNet to Connect Local Needs on National Scale, Early Builders Blog: Harris County Demo at the Houston Rodeo, and Data Collection in 2016: What Does It Mean?.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in an Industry Analyst webinar; the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies Spring 2016 conference in Charleston, South Carolina; the Experience Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) (XPSLTE) 2016 conference in Brighton, Colorado; a Rhode Island Interoperability Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln, Rhode Island; the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) meeting in Baltimore, Maryland and the Fly In in Washington, DC; the Maine Annual National Emergency Number Association (NENA) conference in South Portland, Maine; the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission meeting in Waterbury, Vermont; the Congressional Fire Services Institute Fire Service Seminars and Dinner in Washington, DC; the Colorado 2016 Public Safety Radio Summit in Denver, Colorado; the Hennepin County (Minnesota) Police Chiefs Association meeting in Golden Valley, Minnesota; the New Hampshire Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting in Concord, New Hampshire; visits to Alaska Native villages hosted by the Governor’s office and meeting with the Board of Directors of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Regional Association; the Northwest Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference in Washington State; and a tribal forum at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Center for Homeland Defense & Security (CHDS), in California.

·         For SPOCs who missed the opportunity at the semiannual meeting to pick up paper copies of the national tribal reservation maps, PDF copies are available online at http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/aian_wall_maps.html.  The Census Bureau’s website also includes an explanation of the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) Program, which the Bureau uses to determine the federal reservation and off-reservation trust land boundaries depicted on the maps.  Another helpful tribal resource is the online digital mapping application, TIGERweb:  http://tigerweb.geo.census.gov/tigerwebmain/tigerweb_main.html.  This tool is similar to other online mapping services (such as Google Maps) but it contains additional information, including tribal boundaries.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         Minnesota public safety officials hosted the 2016 Minnesota Public Safety Interoperable Communications Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota last week. FirstNet provided the opening keynote and led several workshops on topics such as Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG-9-1-1), tribal engagement, equipment, and applications.

·         The PSAC Local Control task team will meet on Thursday, May 5 to discuss the topic of deployables.

·         We invite you to check out a new video titled “Law Enforcement Broadband Video,” published by the Texas team, available at https://youtu.be/j9JeYRoql9E.

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 One 4/25: Public safety apps: Providing usable modern technology for first responders

https://www.policeone.com/police-products/communications/articles/174557006-Public-safety-apps-Providing-usable-modern-technology-for-first-responders/

Public safety personnel are embracing an array of new technologies in their jobs. Body cameras, in-vehicle computers, smartphone applications, license plate readers, facial recognition technologies, and mobile consoles for fingerprint reading are just some of the innovative tools gaining rapid adoption. The real value of all this technology is to empower the first responder in the field and improve safety, situational awareness, and efficiency. With modern broadband technology, data can be pushed directly to a number of diverse devices, resulting in a seemingly revolutionary shift in operations.

Homeland Preparedness News 4/25: FirstNet looks ahead to selecting private partner to build first public safety communications network

https://homelandprepnews.com/countermeasures/18680-firstnet-looks-ahead-selecting-private-partner-build-first-public-safety-communications-network/

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will continue to accept proposals from private partners for deployment of an innovative nationwide public safety broadband network until May 31, with the goal of making an award Nov. 1, the agency recently said. “FirstNet is going to really revolutionize the communications technology for first responders,” April Ward, senior media advisor at FirstNet, told Homeland Preparedness News. “Our next-generation technology isn’t just going to save lives, but it’s going to keep our first responders safer and make our communities safer, because it’s going to provide extra situational awareness for people out in the field.” 

American City and County 4/27: FirstNet for First Responders by TJ Kennedy

http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/firstnet-first-responders

The “Internet of Things” holds enormous potential for cities and counties across America. Connecting data-rich items – such as computing devices, machines and grids – stands to improve efficiencies and enhance productivity in the sector. Specifically, this concept holds much promise for our nation’s first responders, who often operate in a mobile environment and benefit from having real-time, actionable information at their fingertips when they are responding to an emergency. However, despite advancements in consumer-based technologies, today citizens with smart phones may have more advanced communication capabilities than many police officers or firefighters have on their work-issued devices.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media enjoyed a bump in traffic and interest, following participation in the FedScoop and law enforcement social media conferences.  Twitter gained nearly 50 new followers and is now at 3,560 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,474 followers.  YouTube now has 258 subscribers.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - April 25, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Three new staff joined the FirstNet team as Regional Leads.  Lesia Dickson (Lesia.Dickson@Fisrstnet.gov) is the Acting Region 9 Continental US Lead for FirstNet Consultation.  Prior to assuming this role, Lesia served as Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Texas Public Safety Broadband Program during its first three years.   In Region 4, we have two new leads – Ehrin Ehlert (Ehrin.Ehlert@firstnet.gov), who was formerly with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and was also the state’s single point of contact (SPOC), and Chuck Murph (Charles.Murph@firstnet.gov), formerly the Alabama statewide interoperability coordinator (SWIC) and SPOC contact for the state.  With their past experience and heavy involvement in FirstNet’s efforts within their respective states and the region, Lesia, Ehrin and Chuck will be tremendous additions to the work FirstNet does to engage with key stakeholders across the region. 

 

·         On April 21, FirstNet presented at a standing Washington Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting as part of its 2016 consultation.  The meeting was attended by over 40 participants from the State of Washington, including senior level influencers from the Governor’s Office and influential chiefs from the fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies.  At the meeting, FirstNet staff presented on the timeline for FirstNet’s implementation in Washington, state plan development, FirstNet’s role once the network has been deployed, and strategic roadmap updates.  The meeting provided a terrific opportunity for FirstNet and representatives from Washington State to engage in a valuable information exchange, which included discussions related to Local Control and opt-in and opt-out scenarios.

 

·         The tribal team participated in two focused engagements last week – the Native American Finance Officers Association’s (NAFOA) 34th Annual Conference in Chandler, Arizona and tribal meetings in Connecticut.  At the NAFOA conference, FirstNet provided an update on the RFP process, state plans development and delivery, and funding to deploy and maintain the network and participated on the panel "Broadband Economies: Telecom’s Value to Tribal Communities," where discussion focused on the build-out of tribal broadband infrastructure and the fundamental needs of tribal public safety. The tribal team and Region 2 Lead also joined the Connecticut SPOC team for two separate meetings with public safety officials from the state’s two federally recognized tribes, the Mashantucket (Western) Pequot Nation and the Mohegan Tribe. Each tribe operates destination resort casinos, which are leading employers with statewide economic impact. As such, their coverage needs are well understood and appreciated. Both meetings furthered already strong relationships between the tribal and state governments.

 

·         In follow up to the Spring SPOC meeting, FirstNet will distribute the Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) background information to SPOCs at the end of May.  The background information will include a video and white paper on the conceptual QPP framework.  SPOCs will be responsible for sharing the materials with up to five subject matter experts the SPOC has identified to participate in a QPP CTT regional engagement.  CTT participants will be expected to review the background materials prior to the engagement and be prepared to discuss the QPP Framework during the engagement.  In May, FirstNet’s Regional Leads will contact the SPOCs to coordinate logistics for the regional engagements, which can be held in person or by webinar.  Throughout the summer, FirstNet will facilitate the QPP CTT regional engagements and will collect feedback from the state/territory participants.  Regional Leads will then contact the SPOCs to determine if the SPOCs have any other needs regarding the QPP CTT.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet published four new entries on its blog: Spring SPOC Meeting Dives Deep into FirstNet Implementation, State Plan Process, An Enduring Network for Public SafetyMobile World Congress 2016: Checking Out Wireless Technology Advancements for Potential Use in the NPSBN, and FirstNet Achieves Clean Audit Opinion for Fiscal Year 2015.  The "Enduring Network" blog received considerable and positive attention on social media, and was the subject of several media reports.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the SMILE (Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement) conference in Alexandria, Virginia; a SAFECOM meeting in Jacksonville, Florida; the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Annual Leadership Conference in Casper, Wyoming; the 2016 Minnesota Public Safety Interoperable Communications Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota; the Massachusetts FirstNet Advisory Board meeting in Framingham, Massachusetts; the FedScoop Public Sector Innovation Summit in Arlington, Virginia; the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Public Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the California First Responder Network Board Meeting in Sacramento, California; the Louisiana Governance Board Meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) State Broadband Leaders Network meeting in Crystal City, Virginia; the Indiana National Emergency Number Association/Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (NENA/APCO) Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Maryland EMS Care 2016 Conference in Ocean City, Maryland; and the Connecticut Emergency Management Symposium 2016 in Cromwell, Connecticut.  

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         Check out the a new video titled Law Enforcement Broadband Video, published by the Texas team, available at https://youtu.be/j9JeYRoql9E.

 

·         A number of PSAC conference calls were conducted last week.  The Early Builder Working Group (EBWG) held its monthly meeting via conference call.  The EBWG has shifted focus of their monthly meetings from project status updates to sharing and capturing lessons learned.  The PSAC Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Task Team met to discuss a user access exercise and revisit ICAM attributes and roles, and FirstNet facilitated PSAC State and Local and Law Enforcement focus group calls to coordinate engagements with these member associations and messaging.

 

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 4/19: Here’s the aspect of FirstNet’s independence that should matter most to public-safety agencies, potential offerors

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/here-s-aspect-firstnet-s-independence-should-matter-most-public-safety-agencies-potential-offer

Almost from the moment FirstNet was created, questions have been raised about the meaning of its description as an “independent authority” within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Is FirstNet a government entity, because it is housed within NTIA, a government agency? Is it as independent as a commercial enterprise, free to act nimbly to market movements?

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media enjoyed steady traffic. Twitter gained 31 followers and is now at 3,514 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,466 followers. YouTube now has 255 subscribers.