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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 22, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Leadership and staff from FirstNet and AT&T look forward to gathering with SPOCs and their teams for the State Plans Kickoff Meeting on June 7th and 8th in Texas at the Intercontinental Dallas. If you have not already done so, please register here

o   The SPOC, their team members, other influencers for the state, including the State CIO, should attend.  If you miss this event, you are still able able to get access to the portal for your state, but will miss out on some great content on the solution and ability to network and ask questions live.  The last session on June 8th finishes at  approximately 4 pm CT, with optional state one-on-ones that can be scheduled after 4 pm on the 8th.  If you would like a one-on-one session with AT&T and FirstNet, please plan to fly out late on the 8th or the following morning.

 

o   In addition, we know that many CIOs have already been included in your State Plan review process and are planning to come to Dallas. Please know that we are aware that National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is sending out notifications to all State CIOs about the importance of attending this State Plan meeting.  As discussed previously, please feel free to reach out to your CIOs and any other official in your state that you believe will be important to the review process or important to the recommendation to the governor.  If you have already included them to come as part of the group from your state, great.  If not, and you feel they should attend, but you may have already allocated your 5 slots please reach out to kenzie.capece@firstnet.gov for an exception to the allocated 5 slots per state.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet Board member Teri Takai participated in a panel discussion on the future of public safety communications at FedScoop’s Public Sector Innovation Summit in Arlington, Virginia.

 

·         FirstNet also participated in multiple sessions at the APCO Public Safety Broadband Summit in Washington, DC last week. FirstNet CEO Mike Poth gave a keynote speech, Chief Customer Officer Rich Reed presented on State Plans, and FirstNet staff held a breakout session on mobile applications and the FirstNet Network.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher and Chief Counsel Jason Karp took part in a Continuing Legal Education Seminar on FirstNet, which was hosted by the Federal Communications Bar Association in Washington, DC.

 

·         FirstNet staff also provided State Plans and tribal updates in joint presentations with the Texas SPOC at the Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio last week.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Florida APCO/NENA Training Conference in Daytona Beach; the Wireless Infrastructure Show in Orlando, Florida; the Ohio Health EMS Conference in Columbus; a meeting of the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee in North Chesterfield; a Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs conference in Spokane; a Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association meeting in Glastonbury; an Oregon APCO/NENA meeting in Hood River; a meeting of Region 1 SPOCs in Hartford, Connecticut; a Southwest Border Communications Working Group meeting in Sacramento, California; a FEMA Region 4 Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG) meeting in Atlanta, Georgia; the Associated Tribes of Northwest Indians’ Mid-Year Convention in Portland, Oregon; a FEMA Region 8 RECCWG meeting in Fargo, North Dakota; and meetings of the Oklahoma Public Safety Broadband Network Working Group and Public Safety Committee Tribal Advisory Group in Oklahoma City.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: FirstNet: The Wait Is Almost Over and Life-saving Preparation: How AT&T Plans for Hurricane Season.

 

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.

 

IAFC Blog 5/17: Next for FirstNet: Statewide Plans

https://www.iafc.org/blogs/blog/iafc/2017/05/17/next-for-firstnet-statewide-plans

AT&T has been chosen to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. The next stage of the process is that FirstNet will provide the governor of each state or territory with a notice of the completion of the request for proposal process; the details of the proposed plan; and the funding level for the state or territory. Upon receipt of the plan, a governor will have 90 days to choose whether to participate in the plan provided by FirstNet or conduct its own deployment of a radio access network (RAN) which is the core within each state for the nationwide network. FirstNet has projected that the statewide plans should be sent to the governors in June [2017].

 

StateScoop 5/17: Beyond core public-safety network, FirstNet offers ‘ecosystem’ for software developers

http://statescoop.com/firstnet-being-developed-as-an-innovation-platform

The country's first nationwide wireless communications network for public safety is being developed as an "innovation platform," a board member of the federal agency said Wednesday.

 

APCO Blog 5/15: All In: Betting Against Opt-Out

https://www.apcointl.org/tabletopx/all-in-betting-against-opt-out/

With FirstNet’s historic announcement of its selection of AT&T as its partner, we are about to achieve the promise of a state-of-the-art, nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network. Each state will soon be presented with the opportunity of FirstNet’s proposed network build – one that will forever transform and improve emergency response. States would receive this at no cost and with no need to assume financial, technical, cybersecurity, public safety, or operational risks. Unless governors want those costs and risks.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 50 new followers, now at 6,194.  Facebook has 1,140 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,387 followers.  YouTube has 447 subscribers. 


Monday, May 15, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 15, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Leadership and staff from FirstNet and AT&T look forward to gathering with SPOCs and their teams for the State Plans Kickoff Meeting on June 7th and 8th in Texas at the Intercontinental Dallas. If you have not already done so, please register here.  The draft meeting agenda has been updated on the registration website. 

 

·         Last week, FirstNet staff participated in a panel discussion at the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Technology Forum, hosted by the Bethesda Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) in Washington, DC. The discussion focused on how Smart Cities technology will continue to enhance first response.

 

·         FirstNet also had a booth at the EMS Administrators’ Association of California Conference in San Diego, where staff had productive conversations with influential state EMS leaders.

 

·         FirstNet also attended the New York State 9-1-1 Coordinators’ Association Spring Conference in Oswego to support the New York SPOC Team as they provided a FirstNet Presentation and engaged in a valuable dialogue with attendees.

 

·         FirstNet attended the Tribal Law Enforcement Executive Symposium (TLEES) in Warm Springs, Oregon.  The conference focused on the work among and across all levels of government.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in a Spring New Mexico Exchange Carrier Group meeting in Mescalero; the Texas Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio; the APCO Annual Public Safety Broadband Summit in Washington, DC; a Connecticut Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee meeting in Middletown; the Boston Fire Department Technology Roundtable and Mullane Symposium in Massachusetts; the Public Sector Innovation Summit in Arlington, Virginia; a Virginia Statewide Agencies Radio System (STARS) leadership meeting in Richmond; a Federal Communications Bar Association Continuing Legal Education seminar in Washington, DC; a FirstNet Colorado Governing Body meeting in Denver; a Connecticut Public Safety Broadband Working Group meeting in Middletown; IAFC’s Fire Rescue Med conference in Henderson, Nevada; and the IACP Communications and Technology Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted three new blogs: FirstNet Honors Law Enforcement During Police Week, FirstNet’s Nationwide Network: Becoming a Reality for America’s First Responders, and National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2017.

 

·         The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who wish to serve on the FirstNet Board. One of the 12 nonpermanent Board member seats is currently vacant, and the appointments of four current nonpermanent Board members expire this August. The Federal Register Notice may be found here. Expressions of interest are due May 22.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The summer 2017 in-person PSAC meeting will be Thursday, June 15th, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas, after the conclusion of the PSCR annual conference.  PSAC members are asked to reference instructions to book invitational travel as outlined via email, and send any questions to PSAC@firstnet.gov.

 

·         The summer 2017 in-person Tribal Working Group meeting will be Monday, July 24th, in Flagstaff, Arizona, one day in advance of the field session of the Tribal-Interior Budget Council (TIBC) to be held July 25th-27th.  Instructions for making invitational travel arrangements are 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.

 

FedScoop 5/10: Are We There Yet? How close is the U.S. to a modern, interoperable public safety network?

https://www.fedscoop.com/yet-close-u-s-modern-interoperable-public-safety-network/

The nation is on the brink of launching an interoperable and modern national public safety network, a group of private and public tech thought leaders said Tuesday – but there’s still work to be done. With the award of the First Responder Network Authority contract to AT&T earlier this spring, the framework to build a 21st century digital communications network for police, fire departments and other agencies is in place, panelists said Tuesday at AFCEA Bethesda’s Law Enforcement IT Day 2017.

 

FierceWireless 5/8: Transit Wireless will be ready to accommodate 600 MHz, FirstNet in New York City subway system

http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/transit-wireless-ready-to-accommodate-600-mhz-firstnet-new-york-city-subway-system

Transit Wireless, the company charged with installing shared wireless infrastructure within hundreds of underground stations of the New York City subway, is preparing to not only accommodate carriers that won spectrum in the 600 MHz auction, but also to support FirstNet when that initiative is ready for it.

 

RCRWireless 5/8: What does a public safety user interface of the future need?

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170505/test-and-measurement/what-does-a-public-safety-user-interface-future-need-tag6-tag99

As work begins on the contract for a new, nationwide LTE network for public safety that was recently awarded to AT&T, the Public Safety Communications Research Division continues its effort to lay out the current and future needs of public safety communications in order to focus research efforts.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 45 new followers, now at 6,144.  Facebook has 1,120 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,361 followers.  YouTube has 442 subscribers. 


Monday, May 08, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 8, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Last week, FirstNet Board member Rich Stanek provided a keynote address at the Minnesota Public Safety Communications Conference in St. Cloud. In addition, FirstNet staff provided FirstNet updates in separate breakout sessions.

 

·         FirstNet also delivered updates at joint meetings of SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) in San Antonio, Texas last week. Discussions focused on the partnership announcement and the State Plan review process.

 

·         FirstNet President TJ Kennedy spoke at the “Nothing but ‘Net’” Conference in French Lick, Indiana last week. FirstNet staff also provided FirstNet updates and presentations on State Plans and devices.

 

·         Also last week, TJ Kennedy presented at a meeting of the Major Cities Chiefs Association Technology Committee in Chicago, Illinois.

 

·         FirstNet Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher also gave a FirstNet update at the Colorado Public Safety Radio Summit in Denver last week.

 

·         In addition, FirstNet staff participated in a tribal listening session at the Regional Joint Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference in Suquamish, Washington last week.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Law Enforcement and Public Safety Technology Forum in Washington, DC; the California EMS Administrators Conference in Oswego, New York; a meeting of the West Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee in Charleston; the FirstNet Georgia May Conference in Forsyth; the Arkansas Crime Info Center Conference in Little Rock; a meeting of the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission in Barre; a meeting of the Alabama First Responder Wireless Commission in Montgomery; meetings of the Arkansas Interoperable Communications and Executive committees in Little Rock; a meeting of the Montana Statewide Interoperability Governing Board in Helena; a meeting of the New Hampshire Statewide Interoperability Committee in Concord; and the Tribal Law Enforcement Executive Symposium on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: Recognizing Fire Service Personnel on International Firefighters’ Day.

 

·         The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who wish to serve on the FirstNet Board. One of the 12 nonpermanent Board member seats is currently vacant, and the appointments of four current nonpermanent Board members expire this August. The Federal Register Notice may be found here. Expressions of interest are due May 22.

 

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.

 

Wireless Week 5/5: Courting FirstNet Participants, AT&T Touts Network Upgrades Across Eight States

https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2017/05/courting-firstnet-participants-t-touts-network-upgrades-across-eight-states

AT&T this week is touting network improvements it made in eight states last year as part of a bid to encourage opt-in participation in its FirstNet buildout. In a series of releases, AT&T highlighted investments it made in Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, and Virginia in 2016, noting specifically that those have laid the groundwork for construction of its public safety broadband network.

 

RCRWireless 5/1: The first month of FirstNet: AT&T preps preemption; Motorola acquires PTT firm

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170502/carriers/20170502carriersfirstnet-att-motorola-ptt-tag17

After hanging in limbo over a bidding dispute, we’re now one month into the public-private partnership between AT&T and FirstNet that will see the U.S. carrier spend more than $40 billion to construct a nationwide LTE network dedicated to use by first responders.

 

FierceWireless 5/1: FirstNet: All AT&T LTE bands to be available to public safety this year

http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/firstnet-all-at-t-lte-bands-to-be-available-to-public-safety-year

A month after AT&T was officially named the partner for FirstNet, the group’s CEO announced that all of AT&T’s LTE bands will be available for public safety use by the end of this year.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 58 new followers, now at 6,099.  Facebook has 1,094 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,334 followers.  YouTube has 435 subscribers. 


Tuesday, May 02, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 1, 2017

FirstNet News

·         This week marks FirstNet’s first month in a public-private partnership with AT&T, working with its team of Motorola Solutions, General Dynamics, Sapient Consulting and Inmarsat Government on the successful deployment of the Network. Please see Mike Poth’s blog highlighting a number of priorities, such as State Plans and the FirstNet core network architecture.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy participated in the Canadian Public Safety Broadband Network Workshop in Ottawa, presenting on the background of FirstNet and highlighting some lessons learned thus far that could be beneficial for our Canadian colleagues as they work towards their own public safety network.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth and Board member Teri Takai spoke at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) DC Fly-In event in Washington, DC.

 

·         FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis delivered a FirstNet update last week at the National Rural EMS Conference in Fargo, North Dakota.

 

·         FirstNet also staffed an exhibit booth last week at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

·         Additionally last week, FirstNet and AT&T staff presented together at the 3rd Annual Tribal Utility Gathering of the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority in Rapid City, South Dakota.

 

·         This week, FirstNet held a SPOC webinar to focus on the release of the State Plan Guidance Package.  The slides from the webinar are attached to this email.  

 

·         FirstNet also will be participating in the Minnesota Public Safety Communications Conference in St. Cloud; the Regional Joint Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference in Suquamish, Washington; the Indiana “Nothing but ‘Net’” Conference in French Lick; a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; joint meetings of SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) in San Antonio, Texas; the Department of Defense Installation Management Commands Conference in North Charleston, South Carolina; a Major Cities Chiefs Association Technology Committee meeting in Chicago, Illinois; the Michigan EMS Expo on Mackinac Island; and the Oklahoma State Fire School in Tulsa.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: PSAC Profile: National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC).

 

·         NTIA is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who wish to serve on the FirstNet Board. One of the twelve nonpermanent Board member seats is currently vacant, and the appointments of four current nonpermanent Board members expire this August. Expressions of interest are due May 22.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The summer 2017 in-person PSAC meeting will be Thursday, June 15th, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas, after the conclusion of the PSCR annual conference. PSAC members are asked to reference instructions to book invitational travel as outlined via email, and send any questions to PSAC@firstnet.gov.

 

·         The summer 2017 in-person Tribal Working Group meeting will be Monday, July 24th, in Flagstaff, Arizona, one day in advance of the field session of the Tribal-Interior Budget Council (TIBC). Instructions for making invitational travel arrangements are 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.

 

StateScoop 4/26: NASCIO D.C. Fly-In: State CIOs and feds dig into tax data, election hacks and FirstNet

http://statescoop.com/nascio-d-c-fly-in-state-cios-and-feds-dig-into-tax-data-election-hacks-and-firstnet

State technology leaders from across the U.S. are gathering with federal officials to talk about elections, tax data, cybersecurity, FirstNet and a host of other pressing issues as part of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers' annual Washington, D.C., Fly-In on Wednesday.

 

MissionCritical Communications 4/26: AT&T Reports Quarterly Financials, Touts FirstNet Win

http://www.mccmag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15452

AT&T touted its contract award with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in its first-quarter financial results. However, the carrier reported lower revenues compared with the year-ago quarter primarily because of a record-low device upgrade rate.

 

RCRWireless 4/26: FirstNet deployment to enable simultaneous network upgrades

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170426/carriers/att-sees-lowest-ever-phone-upgrades-firstnet-5g-tag6

On its quarterly call, AT&T executives discussed: The First Responders Network Authority contract win as part of their overall strategy. AT&T expects to have draft deployment plans in front of states by June, and to start seeing opt in/opt out choices into the fourth quarter. Stephens said that AT&T hopes to encourage states to opt in and “move as quickly as possible with the, if you will, encouragement that we are ready to go, and the first ones that opt in are going to get that first investment in their state, that build in their state, that job creation in their state. So we think that’s a good strategy.” AT&T also expects that the FirstNet deployment will enable it to do simultaneous deployment of equipment.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 55 new followers, now at 6,041.  Facebook has 1,075 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,286 followers.  YouTube has 431 subscribers. 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - April 24, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Last week, FirstNet continued meetings with AT&T.  The teams are making good progress on State Plan development and are on track to deliver draft State Plans mid-June.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet staff participated in the Smart Texas Revolution Conference in Dallas, providing a keynote speech and taking part in a panel discussion.

 

·         At the Arkansas EMS Expo in Little Rock last week, FirstNet worked with the state SPOC team at their booth to provide information and updates on the FirstNet Network.

 

·         FirstNet also staffed an exhibit booth at the International Trauma Life Support Ohio Conference in Columbus last week.

 

·         FirstNet staff also gave a FirstNet update at the Georgia Emergency Management Summit and Training Sessions in Savannah last week.

 

·         Yesterday, FirstNet staff gave a presentation on FirstNet’s unique applications, functions, and features for public safety at the 2017 Communications Academy conference in Seattle, Washington.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Canadian Public Safety Broadband Network Workshop in Ottawa; the Connecticut Emergency Management Symposium in Cromwell, Connecticut; the Maine Prepares Conference in Augusta; the National Rural EMS Conference in Fargo, North Dakota; a meeting of the Indiana Fire Alliance in Indianapolis; the Oceti Sakowin Power Authority’s 3rd Annual Tribal Utility Gathering in Rapid City, South Dakota; the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) DC Fly-In in Washington, DC; a Southwestern New Hampshire Region Mutual Aid District meeting in Keene; the Minnesota Ambulance Association “Teaching and Learning” conference in St. Cloud; and a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Electronic Safety Equipment Technical Committee meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: FirstNet Shares Best Practices With Global Peers.

 

·         FirstNet is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who wish to serve on the FirstNet Board. One of the 12 non-permanent Board member seats is currently vacant, and the appointments of four current non-permanent Board members expire this August. Expressions of interest are due May 22.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The summer 2017 in-person PSAC meeting will be Thursday, June 15th, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas, after the conclusion of the PSCR annual conference.  PSAC members are asked to reference instructions to book invitational travel as outlined via email, and send any questions to PSAC@firstnet.gov.

 

·         The summer 2017 in-person Tribal Working Group meeting will be Monday, July 24th, in Flagstaff, Arizona, one day in advance of the field session of the Tribal-Interior Budget Council (TIBC).  Instructions for making invitational travel arrangements are 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.

 

MissionCritical Communications 4/20: FirstNet International Forum Addresses Public-Safety LTE Globally

http://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15443

Representatives from seven nations attended the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) International Public Safety Forum for Wireless Broadband March 16. The forum discussed ways to share lessons learned about public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) around the world.

 

WSAW-TV 4/18: Emergency workers optimistic about FirstNet technology

http://www.wsaw.com/content/news/Emergency-workers-optimistic-about-FirstNet-technology-419788743.html

First responders are one step closer to new technology aimed at making their response to disasters or emergencies faster and better. It's called FirstNet. Many of us have been there. You're at a Packers game or big public event and you can't get cell service. It's probably just annoying for most of us, but when police, paramedics and other first responders can't get service, it's a big problem. FirstNet is designed to be the solution.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 59 new followers, now at 5,986.  Facebook has 1,053 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,234 followers.  YouTube has 430 subscribers.