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Monday, November 28, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - November 28, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Last week, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy attended the Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) Forum in Athens, Greece. The Forum provides an opportunity for public safety stakeholders from all over the world to hear about the latest trends in public safety communications. The primary themes of this year’s conference were Border Security, Natural Disasters, Security by Telecommunications in Transport, and Broadband. TJ gave a presentation entitled “FirstNet - Roadmap to the US First Responder's Broadband solution.”

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet and the Texas SPOC team brought the FirstNet booth to the Texas EMS Conference in Dallas. In addition, FirstNet staff and the Texas SPOC presented a FirstNet overview and update in a breakout session.

 

·         On Monday, FirstNet gave an update on current activities to state, local and federal officials at the New England Council for EMS in Newport, Rhode Island.

 

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 11/22: 10 questions people want answered when FirstNet names its contractor

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/10-questions-people-want-answered-when-firstnet-names-its-contractor

While the critical-communications industry anxiously awaits FirstNet's unveiling of the contractor that will build its nationwide public-safety broadband network, here are some key questions that interested parties hope will be addressed when the announcement is made.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 47 new followers, now at 4,607.  Facebook has 521 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,770 followers.  YouTube has 360 subscribers.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - November 21, 2016

FirstNet News

  • FirstNet held the Fall 2016 SPOC Meeting last week in Phoenix, Arizona with more than 150 combined SPOCs and SPOC Team members from 51 states and territories. The meeting included facilitated discussions about State Plan development and delivery and the people, priorities, and processes States will focus on during the next year, as well us updates from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Public Safety Communications Research, and Early Builders. Additionally, the meeting included individual consultation sessions with each of the 51 states and territories in attendance and a dedicated “Conversation Room,” which allowed SPOCs and their teams the opportunity for numerous individualized conversations with FirstNet Board members, executives, leadership, staff, and subject matter experts.

 

  • Also last week, FirstNet staff went to the Republican Governors Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, attending various meetings and providing updates on FirstNet timelines and outreach.

 

  • This week, FirstNet will be participating in the New England EMS Conference in Goat Island, Rhode Island, and the Public Safety Communications Europe Forum in Athens, Greece.

 

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

  • The PSAC’s Early Builders Working Group (EBWG) met on Tuesday, November 15 in Phoenix, Arizona to introduce new project representatives to the group and discuss project updates. The EWBG also discussed lessons learned, planned future events, and ways to leverage their existing infrastructure to benefit FirstNet post-award.

 

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.

 

Global Telecoms Business 11/16: FirstNet sets up lab for US wireless project

http://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/Article/3602244/FirstNet-sets-up-lab-for-US-wireless-project.html#/.WCxgt7IrLIU

FirstNet, the US government body that is about to appoint a wholesale wireless network for emergency services, has set up its innovation and test laboratory. The organization – officially the First Responder Network Authority – will provide a facility for it and its future private industry partner to test public safety features, devices, and apps before they are deployed on the nationwide public safety broadband network.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 36 new followers, now at 4,560.  Facebook has 516 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,758 followers.  YouTube has 359 subscribers. 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - November 14, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Last Wednesday, FirstNet held an open house to unveil its state-of-the-art FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab in Boulder, Colorado. The lab will be a “plug and play” environment in which FirstNet and its future private industry partner will test public safety features, devices, and applications (apps) before they are deployed. This testing will help reduce the time to initially field test and deploy public safety features of the FirstNet Network, including quality of service, priority, pre-emption, and other future mission-critical services and applications. The lab will also be the foundation for a future FirstNet Training/Experience Center for hands-on training, demonstration, and user evaluation of future FirstNet Network technologies and applications. Various FirstNet Board members were on hand to hear CEO Mike Poth and CTO Jeff Bratcher’s remarks at the event.

 

·         On Tuesday, FirstNet Board member Jeff Johnson gave a keynote speech at the National Fire Protection Association’s Responder Forum in Charlotte, North Carolina. His presentation focused on FirstNet and the Fire Service, and set the stage in part for the rest of the day’s discussions.

 

·         On Thursday, FirstNet participated in a panel at the 17th Annual Conference of TribalNet, an organization of Tribal IT professionals. The session touched on previous data collection efforts, how State Plan delivery will be done via the State Plans Portal, the governor’s decision, and the differences between opting in and opting out.

 

·         FirstNet is busy preparing for the Fall 2016 SPOC Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday of this week in Phoenix, Arizona. The fourth semi-annual meeting will provide a unique venue for targeted dialogue on activities and key considerations around State Plan development and delivery.  This meeting structure is based on SPOC feedback, and creates planned, coordinated opportunities for individualized conversations with FirstNet leadership, staff, and subject matter experts.

 

·         Also this week, FirstNet will be participating in the 2016 Republican Governors Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida; an Early Builders Working Group Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona; the New Jersey EMS Conference in Atlantic City; a conference call of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs; and the 2016 Texas EMS Conference in Dallas.

 

·         FirstNet posted two blog entries this past week: On Veterans Day, in appreciation of those who serve and PSAC Profile: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The PSAC’s Early Builders Working Group (EBWG) is meeting in person on Tuesday November 15, to introduce new project representatives to the group and discuss project updates. The EWBG will also share lessons learned and planned future events.

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 11/10: FirstNet Lab opens for public safety testing

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20161110/test-and-measurement/firstnet-lab-opens-for-public-safety-testing-tag6

BOULDER–The First Responders Network Authority opened a testing lab where devices and applications will be evaluated for use on the national public safety LTE network that is in the works. The new facility has more than 4,600 square feet of lab space, including a Faraday cage for testing devices in isolation and 15 test benches. It has three external antennas generating Band 14 LTE network coverage and a wide variety of test equipment

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 43 new followers, now at 4,524.  Facebook has 506 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,749 followers.  YouTube has 355 subscribers. 
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - November 7, 2016

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet participated in the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Emerging Technology Forum last week in Seattle, Washington. FirstNet Vice Chair Jeff Johnson gave a keynote address on the need for interoperable communications. Discussions focused on public safety applications, cybersecurity, policy, and legislative updates. APCO leadership also updated members on the group’s recent filings in support of FirstNet.

 

·         FirstNet CEO Mike Poth delivered the keynote address to representatives from public safety and industry at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) LTE Critical Infrastructure Forum last Wednesday in Chicago, Illinois. He stressed that FirstNet would not trade quality for expediency to complete the network procurement process.

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 46 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with a Mississippi meeting last week. On Thursday, FirstNet presented to the Mississippi Wireless Communication Committee in Jackson. Discussion focused on the Governor’s decision, opt-out processes, rural coverage, and subscriber costs.

 

·         On November 9, FirstNet will hold an opening ceremony for the FirstNet Innovation and Test Lab at FirstNet’s Office of the Chief Technical Officer headquarters in Boulder, CO. FirstNet Board Members and leadership will provide remarks, host a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and offer tours of the Lab. State and local public safety leaders and local public officials will be in attendance. The goal of the Lab is to support the deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network through the validation of modern communication tools public safety needs to save lives and secure communities. In the Lab, the FirstNet partnership will examine how emerging technologies, devices, and apps perform in a public safety broadband environment to ensure any such technologies, devices, or apps utilized on the FirstNet Network are ready for public safety use.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the National Fire Protection Association Responder Forum in Charlotte, North Carolina; the TribalNet 17th Annual Conference in San Diego, California; the Annual Wisconsin Department of Administration Tribal Consultation Meeting in Bowler; the Boulder Lab Launch Open House Event in Colorado; a Region 1 Regional Response Team Meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads Conference in Orange Beach; the International Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer and Combination Symposium in the Sun in Clearwater, Florida; and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Public Meetings in Austin (TX) and Dallas (TX).

 

·         FirstNet posted two blog entries this past week: Hualapai Public Safety Meet Old and New Challenges Through Technology and PSAC Profile: The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

·        Please see the attached Fall 2016 issue of FirstNet's Fire Service Newsletter. This issue highlights the IAFC’s resolution in support of FirstNet as well as news from the Public Safety Advisory Committee. FirstNet is an important component in supporting fire service personnel by bringing state-of-the-art communications devices and applications to firefighters, as well as dedicated broadband for uninterrupted connectivity. FirstNet continues to consult with public safety officials in all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. That feedback is being used to inform customized implementation plans that will go to the governor of each state and territory for their approval next year. All the discipline-specific newsletters can be found here: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/newsletter.

 

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 11/3: Poth Promises Sustainable Business Model, Accountability In Contract Award

http://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/14876

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) CEO Mike Poth promised the nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) network for public safety will have a sustainable business model and will meet public safety’s needs during the next 25 years. He said the entity that is eventually awarded the contract won’t get paid if they don’t deliver on the contract milestones. “We will also hold our new partner accountable to the buildout milestones and adoption targets in the contract,” Poth said at an industry event. “As with any procurement, if they don’t deliver, they don’t get paid. It is that simple.”

Mission Critical Communications 11/1: FirstNet, U.K. ESN Pushed Timelines Signal More Positive Outcomes

http://www.rrmediagroup.com/Features/FeaturesDetails/FID/703

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announcement last week that it would not award a partner for its request for proposals (RFP) acquisition process by Nov. 1 wasn’t a huge surprise considering the contract’s size, scope and uniqueness. The timeframe for the RFP is up in the air, with FirstNet CEO Mike Poth saying only the award will be “beyond the Nov. 1 target date.” Does that mean by the end of the month, the year or even later? I don’t think anyone outside FirstNet — or many within — knows for sure.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 47 new followers, now at 4,481.  Facebook has 486 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,736 followers.  YouTube has 346 subscribers. 


Friday, November 04, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - October 31, 2016

FirstNet News

  • FirstNet has completed 45 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with a Virginia meeting last week. On Tuesday, FirstNet presented to the Virginia Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee (SIEC) in Roanoke. Much of the group dialogue was high-level and regarded network deployment, the Governor’s opt-in/opt-out decision, and potential for including IT personnel in outreach efforts.

 

  • Last Monday, FirstNet briefed over 100 local leaders at the first '9-1-1 Goes to Lincoln' event in Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition to FirstNet sharing how the data submitted by the state would be used in State Plan development, there was a discussion about the process for review of the FirstNet plan in Nebraska. Also, a panel of state representatives discussed FirstNet, current planning for Next Gen 9-1-1, the state radio system, and a microwave system in place throughout the state.

 

  • On Thursday, FirstNet attended the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA) annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. FirstNet provided programmatic, outreach, and engagement updates, and discussed current activities with the 9-1-1 community. The ensuing discussion focused on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the opt-out process and how state 9-1-1 administrators can help with the State Plans process.

 

  • Also last week, FirstNet spoke at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Special Committee on Wireless Communications Technology Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida, providing a FirstNet update and technical overview of the FirstNet network. Questions addressed state assets, rural coverage, and how the FirstNet network will handle potential overload situations.

 

  • This week, FirstNet will be participating in a meeting of the New York State Preparedness Commission in Albany; the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Emerging Technology Forum in Seattle, WA; the Idaho Rangeland Fire Protection Association Fall Meeting in Boise; a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; the Alaska State EMS Conference in Anchorage; the International Wireless Communication Expo (IWCE) Critical LTE Communications Forum in Chicago, IL; a Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission meeting in Waterbury; a New Hampshire Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting in Concord; the Illinois APCO/NENA Conference in Springfield; and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement public meetings in Baton Rouge (LA), Jackson (MS), Little Rock (AR), Oklahoma City (OK), and Santa Fe (NM).

 

  • Please remember to register for the Fall 2016 SPOC Meeting.  A draft agenda, subject to change, is attached.    

 

 

  • The State Plans Team recently expanded when FirstNet onboarded Vicki Lee, Aislynn Turner, and Karlin Younger on October 3. The Consultation team also recently added David Faulkner as a Regional Lead for Region 9.

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.

 

Emergency Management 10/28: The Need for FirstNet Should Be a Given

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/the-need-for-firstnet-should-be-a-given.html

The technology train has already left the station and is speeding up, headed down the first responder rails. To date, I think we have just dipped our toes in the technology revolution that is about to smack us right in the face. All levels of government, from elected officials, to administrators, to budget directors and then the first responder community are going to have to face the technology music, as it plays on, and on, and on.

Urgent Communications 10/26: FirstNet Leadership to Present Opening Remarks at Penton’s IWCE’s Critical LTE Communications Forum on November 2 in Chicago

http://urgentcomm.com/iwce/firstnet-leadership-present-opening-remarks-penton-s-iwce-s-critical-lte-communications-forum-n

Penton’s IWCE's Critical LTE Communications Forum, a new business technology conference focused on mission-critical LTE network solutions, today announced that First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) leadership will present the Opening Remarks on Wednesday, November 2 at 9:05 a.m. The Forum is scheduled for November 2-3, 2016 at the McCormick Place in Chicago in tandem with Penton’s IoT Emerge.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 35 new followers, now at 4,434.  Facebook has 477 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,721 followers.  YouTube has 344 subscribers.