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Monday, December 11, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - December 11, 2017

FirstNet News

·         The FirstNet Board met last week via teleconference to discuss updates from the various Committees and FirstNet business units and to consider next steps for the organization in 2018.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy participated in a panel on use cases and best practices in government for Federal News Radio’s 5th Annual “Profiles in Excellence” Federal Executive Forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

 

·         FirstNet staff provided an update last week at the Eleventh Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) workshop in Ottawa, Canada.

 

·         FirstNet staff attended the International Association of EMS Chiefs (IAEMSC) Leadership Summit over the weekend in Washington, DC.  PSAC EC Member Chief Niles Ford joined FirstNet staff in providing an update during a full Sunday morning session.

 

·         FirstNet provided an update last week to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

·         The monthly Federal Agency Points of Contact (APOC) conference call was also held last week, to provide updates on recent activities and upcoming milestones heading into 2018.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in a Public Safety Broadband Regional Forum in Phoenix, Arizona; a regional tribal meeting in Phoenix, Arizona; a Washington Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee meeting in Olympia; a Department of Defense Public Safety and Emergency Management Communications Working Group meeting in Alexandria, Virginia; a briefing with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission Police in Hyattsville; a briefing with Washington County authorities in Williamsport, Maryland; and the Winter 2017 PSAC In-Person Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

·         SAFECOM and the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) request your support.  The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) seeks to obtain actionable and critical data that drives our nation’s emergency communications policies, programs, and funding.  SAFECOM seeks responses from emergency response provider organizations at all levels of government, as well as Tribal Nations. Please see the attached document for more information and visit the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey Site.  Your input is critical.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: First Responder Network: “The Time is Now,” says Virginia Fire Chief.

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 12/7: Case study: How FirstNet helped a Texas agency improve use of mobile video technologies

https://www.policeone.com/policing-in-the-video-age/articles/467250006-Case-study-How-FirstNet-helped-a-Texas-agency-improve-use-of-mobile-video-technologies/

The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office saw a unique opportunity to maintain the community’s security and safety by taking part in the FirstNet early-builder program to test network coverage and performance with Band 14 (B14) Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

 

Mobile World Live 12/6: AT&T CFO outlines FirstNet spending plan

https://www.mobileworldlive.com/featured-content/top-three/att-chief-outlines-firstnet-spending-plan/

AT&T CFO John Stephens revealed the operator plans to spend all $6.5 billion it will receive from the US government to fund its FirstNet build, with the bulk of the outlay coming early in the five-year construction period.

 

TechTarget 12/5: Five ways IoT will change public safety professions

http://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/blog/IoT-Agenda/Five-ways-IoT-will-change-public-safety-professions

The FirstNet initiative, where frequencies in the 700 MHz LTE band is being used to create a dedicated public safety network, is laying the appropriate groundwork for these IoT gains.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 83 new followers, now at 8,350.  Facebook has 2,124 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,375 followers.  YouTube has 618 subscribers. 


Monday, December 04, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - December 4, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Vermont and Ohio opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         FirstNet will hold a combined Committee and Board Meeting on Thursday, December 7, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. EST via teleconference and WebEx. Further information on the meeting, including dial-in information for the public, is available here on the FirstNet website.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet Chief Customer Officer Rich Reed and Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher gave a general FirstNet presentation at the Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) Conference in Madrid, Spain.

 

·         FirstNet was also in Indianapolis, Indiana last week for a SPOC team-hosted FirstNet launch event that brought together stakeholders from across the state to discuss post opt-in next steps. FirstNet staff also presented at the Indiana EMS Association Conference last week and staffed an exhibit booth.

 

·         FirstNet joined the Michigan SPOC team for two public safety broadband forums last week in Dimondale and Kalamazoo.

 

·         Last week, the FirstNet tribal team attended an Inter Tribal Council of Arizona meeting in Phoenix, as well as meeting with: Ottawa County tribal law enforcement officials in Wyandotte, Oklahoma; the Hualapai Tribe in Peach Springs, Arizona; the Fort Belknap Indian Community in Harlem, Montana; the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Cass Lake, Minnesota; and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the Eleventh Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop in Ottawa; the Responder Labs GovCloud Workshop in Washington, DC; a Michigan Public Safety Broadband Forum in Novi; a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; a Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the Association of County Commissions of Alabama Legislative Conference in Florence; a FirstNet Technology Roadshow in Little Rock, Arkansas; the 5th Annual “LIVE” Profiles in Excellence Program in Washington, DC; a FEMA Region I Regional Interagency Steering Committee meeting in Boston, Massachusetts; a Connecticut Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting in Middletown; the International Association of EMS Chiefs Conference in Washington, DC; a meeting of the Metropolitan DC 9-1-1 Directors in Washington, DC; a Heart of Texas Council of Governments Town Hall in Waco; and a Mississippi Wireless Communications Commission meeting in Jackson.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: FirstNet for Emergency Response: Improved Incident Information will Benefit Responders and Public.

 

·         NTIA is seeking peer reviewers for the SLIGP 2.0 application process and is accepting peer reviewer resumes through mid-December 2017.  Please visit this link for more information.     

 

·         FirstNet’s Senior Law Enforcement Advisor position was posted on USAJOBs today; the vacancy is available here.

News from the PSAC

·         The Tribal Working Group (TWG) is holding its monthly teleconference on Tuesday, December 5.

 

·         The PSAC will hold its twice annual in-person meeting on December 14 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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 11/30: Ohio becomes 33rd state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/ohio-becomes-33rd-state-make-firstnet-opt-announcement

Ohio officials today announced that the state has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Ohio the 33rd state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.

 

VermontBiz 11/29: Scott opts-in to FirstNet/AT&T plan for first responder network

http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/2017/november/29/scott-opts-firstnetatt-plan-first-responder-network

Governor Phil Scott Wednesday afternoon announced he has decided to opt-in to the federal FirstNet plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. The Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network is expected to provide Vermont’s first responders with access to a reliable, secure and technologically robust cellular network that is now under development.

 

Washington Exec 11/28: AT&T Upgrades Push-to-Talk Service

https://www.washingtonexec.com/2017/11/att-upgrades-push-talk-service/

The upgrade features Push-to-X functionality, which allows for sending highly secure texts, photos, videos, voice recordings, files and location data to groups and contacts on FirstNet and AT&T networks.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 67 new followers, now at 8,267.  Facebook has 2,097 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,349 followers.  YouTube has 616 subscribers.
Monday, November 27, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - November 27, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Last week, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy provided a FirstNet update at the Melbourne Comms Connect Conference in Melbourne, Australia during a panel discussion on global public safety broadband efforts.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth and FirstNet staff participated in a meeting with the Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee in Providence.

 

·         FirstNet joined Texas SPOC Todd Early and his team last week at the Texas EMS Conference in Fort Worth, giving a FirstNet update and staffing an exhibit booth.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in Michigan Public Safety Broadband Forums in Dimondale and Kalamazoo; a meeting of Ottawa County tribal law enforcement officials in Wyandotte, Oklahoma; the Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) Conference in Madrid, Spain; a Virginia Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability meeting in Fairfax; a meeting with the Leech Lake Tribe in Cass Lake, Minnesota; a New York Statewide Interoperability and Emergency Communications Board meeting in Albany; an Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications Systems Board outreach event in West Des Moines; a tour of the Hualapai Reservation in Peach Springs, Arizona; an Arizona Public Safety Broadband Regional Forum in Flagstaff; a meeting with the Fort Belknap Tribal Council in Harlem, Montana; a meeting with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council in Fort Yates, North Dakota; a meeting with the Androscoggin County Unified Emergency Management Agency in Lewiston, Maine; the Indiana Public Safety FirstNet Conference in Indianapolis; the Indiana EMS Association Conference in Indianapolis; and a meeting of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona in Phoenix.

 

·         NTIA is seeking peer reviewers for the SLIGP 2.0 application process and is accepting peer reviewer resumes through mid-December 2017.  Please visit this link for more information.     

 

News from the PSAC

·         The PSAC Executive Committee (EC) is holding its monthly teleconference on Monday, November 27.

 

·         The PSAC will hold its twice annual in-person meeting on December 14 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

 

U.S. News and World Report 11/25: Vermont Commission Recommends Joining Safety Broadband Plan

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/vermont/articles/2017-11-25/vermont-commission-recommends-joining-safety-broadband-plan

Vermont Public Radio reports that every U.S. state and territory must choose whether to opt in to the FirstNet contract with AT&T or come up with another way to build a first responder network. So far more than 30 states have chosen the FirstNet contract.

 

Government Technology 11/20: Georgia Joins National First Responders Network

http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Georgia-Joins-National-First-Responders-Network.html

Gov. Nathan Deal has stepped up the state’s communications capabilities for first responders by accepting the FirstNet and AT&T plan, a public/private partnership, to deliver a wireless broadband network to Georgia’s public safety community.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 63 new followers, now at 8,200.  Facebook has 2,061 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,319 followers.  YouTube has 615 subscribers. 


Monday, November 20, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - November 20, 2017

FirstNet News

·         North Carolina and Georgia opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet provided an update during a panel discussion on disaster response at the Korea International Safety & Security Expo in Goyang, South Korea.

 

·         FirstNet staff and Alaska SPOC John Rockwell presented at the Alaska Municipal League’s Annual Conference last week in Anchorage during a breakout session focused on FirstNet.

 

·         FirstNet staff provided an update at a meeting of the Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC) Steering Committee last week in Arlington, Virginia. PSAC Chair Tom Sorley was also in attendance.

 

·         FirstNet also held an initial in-depth discussion last week with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet joined NTIA on a State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) 2.0 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Question and Answer webinar for SPOCs.  NTIA is seeking peer reviewers for the SLIGP 2.0 application process and is accepting peer reviewer resumes through mid-December 2017.  Please visit this link for more information.     

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: An Unstoppable Communications Option for Charlotte Emergency Management.

 

·         FirstNet also shared a video thanking first responders for all they do, most especially during the holiday season.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the Texas EMS Conference in Fort Worth; the 2017 New England Council for EMS in Newport, Rhode Island; a meeting of the Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee in Providence; and the Melbourne Comms Connect Conference in Australia.

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 11/17: Georgia becomes 31st state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/georgia-becomes-31st-state-make-firstnet-opt-announcement

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Georgia the 31st state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.

 

FierceWireless 11/16: AT&T: We'll use the FirstNet win to tap IoT, smart cities and other markets

https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/at-t-we-ll-use-firstnet-win-to-tap-iot-smart-cities-and-other-markets

AT&T won valuable spectrum and billions of dollars to build the nation’s first network for first responders when it was awarded the FirstNet contract earlier this year. But the carrier also hopes to leverage that contract to tap some promising markets that are still in their infancy.

 

Government Technology 11/15: 2018 Poised to Be the Year for Public Safety Networks

http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/2018-Poised-to-be-the-Year-for-Public-Safety-Networks.html

Twenty-nine states have decided to opt in to FirstNet ahead of the Dec. 28 deadline, which essentially implements the FirstNet/AT&T build-out plans submitted to each state. FirstNet aims to complete its core network in March 2018 and will ultimately be available across 56 states and territories, with a complete build-out of network infrastructure around 2020.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 67 new followers, now at 8,137.  Facebook has 2,043 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,297 followers.  YouTube has 613 subscribers. 
Monday, November 13, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - November 13, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Utah opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth gave the keynote address at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) Critical Communications Forum in Dallas, Texas. FirstNet staff also participated in a breakout session on smart cities.

 

·         FirstNet hosted a webinar last week with public safety wireless communications leaders from 15 countries to provide an update and discuss similar programs in development around the world.

 

·         FirstNet staff also provided a FirstNet update last week at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers’ Symposium in Clearwater, Florida.

 

·         The FirstNet tribal team attended the 18th Annual TribalNet Conference & Tradeshow last week in Glendale, Arizona.

 

·         FirstNet also provided a FirstNet update last week at the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

·         Also last week, the tribal team held coverage review meetings with the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Indian Township, Maine, and the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas in Eagle Pass.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the Alaska Municipal League Annual Conference in Anchorage; a meeting of the FloridaNet Executive Committee in Tampa; the Korea International Safety & Security Expo in Goyang, South Korea; and a meeting of the Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC) Steering Committee in Arlington, Virginia.

 

·         NTIA is seeking peer reviewers for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) 2.0 application process and is accepting peer reviewer resumes through mid-December 2017.  Please visit this link for more information.    

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.

 

Naples Daily News 11/9: Commentary: Public safety network delivers on accessibility, affordability

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/11/09/commentary-public-safety-network-delivers-accessibility-affordability/834780001/

Since its creation, FirstNet has made tremendous strides toward making the vision of the network a reality. In March, FirstNet entered a public-private partnership with AT&T to build out the network. AT&T and FirstNet worked together to take years of data and input gathered from consultation with public safety officials to issue customized plans to every U.S. state and territory.

 

Newburgh Gazette 11/7: AT&T Flying COW deployed to Puerto Rico

http://newburghgazette.com/2017/11/07/at-t-flying-cow-deployed-to-puerto-rico/

LTE drones "hold a lot of potential" for FirstNet, the nationwide public safety network that AT&T is building under a contract with the federal government.

 

PA Homepage 11/6: Better Communication in Time of Emergency

http://www.pahomepage.com/news/better-communication-in-time-of-emergency/852539918

Schuylkill County officials say your emergency calls will now be handled with more efficiency. Pennsylvania joined a growing list of states across the nation that are now part of a broadband network for first responders. "Schuylkill County has a significant number of mountains[,] hills and valleys, [and] depending on where you were, you may not have clear communications," said John Matz, Schuylkill County EMA. To get around that, authorities would set up staging units to communicate with the county, but "First Net" a nationwide network that provides communications for the public safety community is mitigating that.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 48 new followers, now at 8,070.  Facebook has 1,988 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,251 followers.  YouTube has 604 subscribers.