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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.


Monday, April 18, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - April 18, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Last week, FirstNet hosted its third in-person state/territory single point of contact (SPOC) meeting in McLean, Virginia, with over 175 attendees representing 55 states and territories, the PSAC Executive Committee (EC) and Tribal Working Group (TWG), and federal agencies. The SPOC meeting was a productive two days filled with valuable information exchange, questions, and conversations. Participants heard updates on the FirstNet Roadmap and RFP, gained clarity on the post-award State Plans development and delivery process, and heard the latest on FirstNet’s outreach and consultation efforts across states and territories, tribal nations, and federal agencies and with the PSAC. The meeting also launched the Consultation Task Team (CTT) effort around Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) and gave participants a chance to hear from FirstNet’s partners at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Public Safety Communications Research program (PSCR). FirstNet’s technical team led several sessions on FirstNet’s current vision for applications, devices, public safety grade end-to-end architecture, and cybersecurity. The SPOC meeting materials were disseminated to attendees earlier today via email. In terms of next steps, the FirstNet Regional Leads are now scheduling governing body meetings with the states and territories to further understand individual states’/territories’ priorities and any concerns regarding State Plans, and identify the individuals within the state/territory that need to be involved in the State plan review process.

·         The TWG held an all-day meeting on April 14 immediately following the SPOC meeting with eight TWG members, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) leadership, the PSAC chair, and FirstNet staff. The meeting provided an opportunity for the TWG, now under the leadership of a new chair, to regroup and reflect on their efforts to date, identify priorities for the coming year, and obtain clarity from FirstNet on various topics. The group discussed critical issues impacting FirstNet efforts in Indian Country, such as sovereignty, consultation, and tribal engagement moving forward. The TWG will meet again via conference call May 3 with FirstNet staff to further discuss priorities for the year.

·         FirstNet hosted its inaugural Federal Open House on April 14 at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, with over 30 participants from numerous agencies. The Open House provided the opportunity to engage with FirstNet on technical topics while also gaining a better understanding of FirstNet and its importance to the public safety mission carried out by many federal agencies. Topics included an overview of FirstNet, current activities, and the federal consultation effort for 2016. In addition, FirstNet and representatives from the PSCR presented on several technical topics of interest for federal agencies, including FirstNet network testing, the Radio Access Network (RAN), devices and applications, and QPP. Participants engaged FirstNet with questions on topics regarding end user devices, access, security, and local control to better understand how their federal agencies can benefit from the FirstNet network to support their various public safety missions.

·         Last week, FirstNet published two new entries on its blog: Honoring the Nation’s Public Safety Telecommunicators and National Volunteer Week 2016: FirstNet Salutes Our Public Safety Volunteers. All blog posts can be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. FirstNet also published new outreach materials regarding tribal outreach, State Plans and the QPP CTT on the FirstNet resources page at: http://firstnet.gov/resources.

·         This week, FirstNet is speaking at the Minnesota Chiefs of Police 2016 Executive Training Institute in St. Cloud, Minnesota; the Native American Financial Officers Association (NAFOA) 34th Annual Conference in Chandler, Arizona; the 2016 Arkansas Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas; the Louisiana APCO/National Emergency Numbers Association Symposium in Lake Charles, Louisiana; the Emergency response Technology Leadership Forum in Silver Spring, Maryland; the Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference in Augusta, Maine; the Arkansas Ambulance Association EMS Expo 2016 in Little Rock, Arkansas; Connecticut intertribal meetings in Mashantucket and Uncasville, Connecticut; the Interior Business Center Technology and Innovation Showcase in Washington, DC; the National Rural EMS Conference in San Antonio, Texas; the Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) FirstNet-focused meeting in Camp Murray, Washington; the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Public meeting in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands; and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Eastern Oklahoma Region Forestry and Wildland Fire meeting in Shawnee, OK.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The PSAC EC, Early Builder Working Group (EBWG), Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) task team, State/Local focus group and Law Enforcement focus group all have meetings this week via conference call.

 

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.

 

NASCIO Blog: Perspectives from Partners: FirstNet

http://community.nascio.org/blogs/yejin-cooke/2016/04/08/perspectives-from-partners-firstnet

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent federal government authority with the mission to deploy the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety. Once operable, the FirstNet network will enable interoperable communications between jurisdictions and agencies across city, county and state lines around the country. The public-safety grade LTE network will also put next generation technology into the hands of first responders, improving situational awareness, efficiency and effectiveness during emergency response.

In January 2016, FirstNet released is Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network and bids will be due on May 13, 2016.  FirstNet anticipates making the award in November 2016.  Since the release of the RFP, FirstNet has responded to hundreds of questions from vendors and other stakeholders in addition to continuing engagement efforts across the country. In this issue of Perspectives from Partners, we interviewed FirstNet’s Dave Buchanan, Director of Consultation and Richard Reed, Director of State Plans.

FedScoop 4/12: FirstNet extends bid deadline two weeks

http://fedscoop.com/firstnet-extends-bid-deadline-two-weeks

Firms that want to bid to deploy a public safety broadband network across the U.S. have an extra two and a half weeks to do so, the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, announced Monday. The deadline for responses to the request for proposals issued by FirstNet back in January has been extended from May 13 to May 31, the authority said in a statement.

RCR Wireless 4/14:  FirstNet said plans for a nationwide mobile broadband network serving public safety remain on track for $6.5B in vendor awards by year-end

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160414/carriers/firstnet-not-expect-rfp-deadline-extensions-tag2

The First Responder Network Authority said it remains on track in announcing partners by the end of the year to build out its planned public safety mobile broadband network, despite a recent move to extend the deadline for request for proposal submissions. Speaking at this week’s Competitive Carriers Association Mobile Carriers Show in Nashville, Tennessee, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy speaking during a keynote address said he did not expect to grant any further extensions than the one announced earlier this month allowing for submissions up to May 31. The latest move followed previous extensions from the original April 29 and later May 13 deadline.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media enjoyed steady traffic. Twitter gained 35 followers and is now at 3,483 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,450 followers. YouTube now has 253 subscribers.


Monday, April 11, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - April 11, 2016

FirstNet News

·        FirstNet announced today that it will extend the deadline for final proposals for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network by two and a half weeks, from May 13 to May 31, 2016.  The extension follows FirstNet’s review of multiple capability statements it received from potential offerors.  FirstNet also released an additional clarifying amendment (Amendment 10) to the request for proposal (RFP).  Additional information can be found on fbo.gov.  To read the press release on FirstNet’s webpage, click: http://firstnet.gov/news/firstnet-extends-proposal-deadline-may-31.

·        User Advocacy finalized its preparations for the Spring 2016 state/territory single point of contact (SPOC) Meeting April 12-13 and PSAC Tribal Working Group (TWG) meeting April 14 in McLean, Virginia.  The two primary goals of the Spring SPOC meeting will be to (1) provide clarity on the State plan development delivery process and expected timeline and (2) officially launch the Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT).  A number of other topics will be briefed and discussed over the two-day meetingThe TWG will meet on April 14 to set TWG priorities for the year ahead and receive feedback from delegates on improved functioning of the TWG.  An email with the final agenda and logistical information for both meetings was distributed to registered attendees late last week.

·        SPOC 2016 Engagement Kick-Off Meetings continued last week in North Carolina.  FirstNet has now completed meetings in 53 out of 56 states and territories.  The State plan process continues to be a widely discussed topic at these meetings.  This week, FirstNet will hold its SPOC Kick-Off Meeting with Louisiana at the Spring SPOC meeting in McLean, Virginia.  Moving ahead, FirstNet will advance its 2016 Consultation baseline activities by participating in State governance body meetings and coordinating metropolitan area engagements to better prepare for executive consultation.

·        The Navajo Nation Telecommunication Regulatory Commission hosted FirstNet staff and state participants from Arizona and Utah last week for a tour of several Navajo communities and communications sites in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as a work session.  The Commission meeting provided an opportunity to introduce the state SPOCs and the FirstNet team, as well as to discuss coverage objectives for the states in which the Navajo Nation lies, Navajo 9-1-1, teaming opportunities for tribal entities, the appointment of a Navajo delegate to the TWG, and planning for future engagements with the Navajo Nation.  The overall event was a great opportunity to engage with one of the largest and most active tribes in the country.

·        Last week, FirstNet published four new entries on its blog: NIST, Partners Set Research Agenda for Protecting Firefighters from Harm, Tech Talk: Intro to FirstNet’s Device Approval Process, One Smartphone or Seven Radios: Insights From a Visit to the Seneca Nation and Tech Talk: Updated Vehicular Network System Vision.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

·        In addition to the aforementioned Spring SPOC meeting April 12-13 and TWG meeting April 14 in McLean, Virginia this week, FirstNet is speaking at the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Public meeting in Tafuna, American Samoa, and the Competitive Carriers Association Mobile Carriers Show 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. FirstNet is also hosting a Federal Open House in Washington, DC April 14.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·        The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) held its Spring Meeting April 4-6 in Bethesda, Maryland to address EMS legislative and regulatory issues, NASEMSO project updates, the National EMS Education Standards project, and more.  FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis, Brent Williams, and NASEMSO President and PSAC representative Paul Patrick gave presentations on FirstNet and new developments in EMS value propositions.  These presentations outlined the upcoming CTT process and addressed how NASEMSO members could be more involved in their state processes.

·        The Texas Department of Public Safety hosted a two-day series of meetings with FirstNet leadership April 4-5 to demonstrate the importance of FirstNet to help support the mission protecting the U.S./Mexico border.  The goal of the meetings was to provide firsthand experience and knowledge of how technology and broadband services could enhance operations along the border.  This was accomplished through informational briefings and demonstrations of aviation, marine and other assets in the McAllen/Weslaco Region.  The FirstNet team in attendance learned, through both briefings and demonstrations, of existing joint and independent capabilities implemented by the public safety agencies on the border, technological and operational challenges that exist today around interoperability, and potential methods to improve cooperation between agencies.

·        Also in Texas this week, FirstNet participated in the 2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio, which brought together numerous state emergency management officials and citizens to hold regional meetings and a series of workshops on a variety of disaster and emergency preparedness topics.

·        The PSAC Local Control task team held a conference call on Thursday April 7 to discuss planned and unplanned events.  In this conversation, the task team members identified best practices for incorporating broadband communications into special event planning efforts, including what activities should involve coordination with FirstNet.  

·        The PSAC will be represented at the SPOC meeting by Executive Committee members, Early Builder Working Group members, and TWG members.

 

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.

 

The National Law Review 4/4: Another FirstNet Milestone: Telecommunications Law

http://www.natlawreview.com/article/another-firstnet-milestone-telecommunications-law
Another marker passed on the FirstNet roadmap last week as Capability Statements from bidders interested in building, operating and maintaining the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network were submitted [March] 31, 2016. Final bids are due in less than two months, on or before May 13, 2016. FirstNet has clarified that submission of a Capability Statement is not a prerequisite to submission of a bid. However, it is unlikely that any serious bidder would choose not to take advantage of the Capability Statement process, which is designed to provide feedback from FirstNet prior to the submission of a nationwide bid.

 

Mission Critical Communications 4/4: FirstNet Releases Device Certification Process

http://www.mccmag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/14117

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released information on its vision for approving wireless mobile devices to operate on the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). In the future, FirstNet will work with industry to develop device types and applications to meet public-safety use cases identified by public-safety users, said Kameron Behnam, FirstNet device test and certification manager in a blog. FirstNet devices and applications will undergo a variety of testing and certification in areas such as interference, operation, environmental factors and security.

 

FierceWirelessTech 4/5: FirstNet outlines its device approval process

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/firstnet-outlines-its-device-approval-process/2016-04-05

Mobile carriers routinely conduct mobile device approval processes to verify that a device meets certain technical specifications and works well with their networks, so it makes sense that the nation's first Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) would do so as well.

FirstNet says it expects its device approval process will be very similar to that of the commercial mobile network operators – with an additional component known as FirstNet Carrier Acceptance.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media enjoyed steady traffic.  Twitter gained 25 followers and is now at 3,448 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,437 followers.  YouTube now has 249 subscribers.
Monday, April 04, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - April 4, 2016

FirstNet News

·         User Advocacy continues its preparations for the Spring 2016 single point of contact (SPOC) Meeting on April 12-13 in McLean, Virginia.  The two primary goals of the meeting will be to (1) provide clarity on the State plan development delivery process and expected timeline and (2) officially launch the Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT).  A number of other topics will be briefed and discussed over the two-day meeting.  An email with the final agenda and logistical information will be sent to registered attendees later this week.

·         FirstNet conducted a QPP CTT pilot in Austin, Texas on March 30 with the 15-member Texas CTT.  FirstNet staff presented both a high-level QPP introduction and a detailed review of the proposed QPP framework.  Also included in this pilot was a robust facilitated Q&A regarding the challenges of initial static provisioning, programming of the dynamic controller to account for changes in user roles and profiles, future computer aided design (CAD) integration, and envisioned interoperability of the network.  The meeting concluded with an overview of the QPP CTT survey, through which the Texas CTT offered substantial feedback to FirstNet staff.

·         SPOC 2016 Engagement Kick-Off Meetings continued last week in Florida and Puerto Rico.  FirstNet has now completed meetings in 52 out of 56 states and territories.  The State plan process continues to be a widely discussed topic at these meetings. This week, FirstNet will hold its SPOC Kick-Off Meeting with North Carolina.  Moving ahead, FirstNet will advance its 2016 Consultation baseline activities by participating in State governance body meetings and coordinating metropolitan area engagements to better prepare for executive consultation.

·         FirstNet’s Tribal Team met last week with the Montana Indian Nations Working Group (MINWG) and state’s SPOC office.  The chairman of the MINWG is also a delegate on the Tribal Working Group (TWG).  The Tribal Team, accompanied by CTO staff, also met with the Sioux Tribes of South Dakota and was joined by that state’s SPOC office as well as the Navajo Nation.  Among notable interactions were discussions about changes pending to laws governing tribal rights-of-way access; pursuing a Native American youth science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) internship within the CTO office; and involving the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s’ Association (GPTCA) on the TWG. 

·         Recently, FirstNet launched a new FirstNet Tumblr blog series titled, “A Day in the Life: Stories of Broadband Saving Lives and Protecting Communities”.  In the new blog, FirstNet will be telling the stories of first responders from all parts of the country.  FirstNet has learned through its consultation and outreach efforts that many law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service personnel are currently using broadband in some capacity to do their jobs.  Do you have a story of broadband use at your public safety agency?  Please share with FirstNet.  More information can be found here: http://www.digitalgov.gov/2016/03/17/firstnet-launches-tumblr-seeking-stories-of-public-safety-broadband-use/.

·         Last week, FirstNet published two new entries on its blog: Mission Critical Voice Roundtable Brings Together FirstNet, PSCR, and Public Safety and The FirstNet RFP: 16 Objectives, No “Hidden Requirements”.  All blog posts can also be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

·         This week, FirstNet is speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Homeland Security Committee and the Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) Business meeting in Washington, DC; the Texas Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)/National Emergency Numbers Association (NENA) conference in Galveston, Texas; the National Emergency Managers Association Preparedness Committee meeting in Alexandria, Virginia; a Texas border visit with the Texas Department of Public Safety and US Customs and Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas; the Navajo Telecommunications Commission Site Tour and Commission meeting in Window Rock, Arizona; the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) public meeting in Tamuning, Guam; a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Warwick, Rhode Island; the Texas Emergency Management conference in San Antonio, Texas; the Tennessee Consolidated Network for Emergency Communications and Technology (TN-CNECT) Leadership Committee meeting in Nashville, Tennessee; and the NEPA PEIS public meeting in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.

·         FirstNet will be holding a Federal Open House on April 14, 2016 in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Federal stakeholders will have the opportunity to receive updates on FirstNet’s consultation and technology efforts in 2016 and beyond.  The event will be open to all federal ID card holders and other interested parties in the National Capitol Region.  Invitations and information has been distributed through the Agency Points-of-Contact (APOC). 

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The PSAC Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) and Local Control task teams held a combined meeting on March 31.  They discussed profiles, roles and attributes, and the different components of each that inform the work of their respective task team moving forward. 

·         The PSAC will be represented at the SPOC meeting by Executive Committee members, Early Builder Working Group members, and TWG members.

 

Media Watch

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Urgent Communications 3/31: FirstNet receives multiple capability statements, ‘optimistic’ about RFP competition

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/firstnet-receives-multiple-capability-statements-optimistic-about-rf

FirstNet today received multiple capability statements from potential offerors—the strongest indication to date that there will be bidders vying for the right to build and maintain FirstNet’s much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband networks (NPSBN).

“We received multiple capability statements from industry,” a FirstNet spokesperson said in a prepared statement. “We’re optimistic this means it will be a competitive process moving forward.”

 

RCR Wireless 3/29: FirstNet Gains Momentum

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160329/network-infrastructure/lte/firstnet-gains-momentum-tag6

Even a year ago, FirstNet still seemed largely theoretical as it went through the planning process. But, with the agency having released its request for proposal in January, and expecting to make an award of its $6.5 billion for the design and construction of the network in early November, the focus of vendors has sharpened considerably even if they don’t plan to bid for the overall contract. That new level of interest and expectation, and new energy around the practicalities of a separate wireless broadband network for public safety, was evident at last week’s International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas.

 

Urgent Communications 3/29: FirstNet deserves kudos for high-profile role since RFP release, including at IWCE 2016

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-deserves-kudos-high-profile-role-rfp-release-including-iwce-2016

LAS VEGAS—Throughout FirstNet’s procurement process, organization officials have stressed the importance of conducting a request-for-proposal (RFP) process that is not tainted by conflict-of-interest issues or other integrity questions that could lead to a legal protest that might delay deployment of the proposed nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). Given this, there was some speculation that FirstNet might “go into hiding”—a phrase that FirstNet CEO Mike Poth used during his keynote address at IWCE 2016 last Wednesday—after releasing its RFP in January. After all, the best way to avoid making a misstatement is to say nothing at all.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media enjoyed steady traffic and new users/followers.  Twitter gained 42 followers and is now at 3,423 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,427 followers.  YouTube now has 247 subscribers.