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Friday, September 16, 2016

Wisconsin Public Safety Broadband (WiPSB) September Newsletter

The Wisconsin Public Safety Broadband Project is happy to announce the publication of our first newsletter!

If you have a topic you would like covered in the October newsletter or would like to be added to the email distribution list please contact bossmk@doj.state.wi.us.

 


Monday, September 12, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - September 12, 2016

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet was in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week to participate in several events held in conjunction with the CTIA – The Wireless Association’s Super Mobility 2016. CEO Mike Poth gave a FirstNet update on Thursday as one of a number of educational sessions at the Rural Wireless Summit, which offers education and networking events on the rural wireless industry. He discussed FirstNet’s timeline and the rural benchmarks built into the RFP. Director of Government Affairs Ed Parkinson presented Wednesday during a session on FirstNet and Next Generation 9-1-1 at Wireless U., a two-day policy and technology seminar for state legislators. He presented an overview of FirstNet, as well as the anticipated timeline and potential role of state legislatures regarding the Governors opt-in/out decision.

 

·         FirstNet began a new series of video blogs last week, titled Looking Back and Looking Forward: The Future of Public Safety Communications in the Post 9/11 Era. In addition to the initial post, FirstNet posted three blog entries from the series: Vlog: A Broadband Network Will Enable Public Safety to Work “Unthrottled”; Rick Bartee On The Benefits of Data for Search and Rescue; and Chad Weber on How Public Safety Broadband Can Help Rural Law Enforcement. FirstNet posted one additional blog last week: IAFC Passes Resolution in Support of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 39 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with a meeting in Florida last week with the FloridaNet Executive Committee in Tallahassee. Primary discussion topics included the definition of local coverage, costs, the governor’s decision, and the opt-out timeline.

 

·         From the tribal team, Margaret Muhr was in Banning, California on Thursday for a meeting of Southern California Tribal Emergency Managers. Attendees included six tribes, the Morongo Casino, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ Exercise Division, and representatives from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in a Federal Communications Commission Region 19 700/800MHz Committee meeting in Kennebunkport, Maine; a New York Governance Body Meeting in Albany; a PSAC Executive Committee meeting and Tribal Working Group meeting in Boulder, Colorado; the Ohio 9-1-1 Symposium in Columbus, Ohio; the South Dakota Emergency Management Association Conference in Aberdeen; the North Dakota Emergency Management Association Annual Conference in Bismarck; a New Hampshire Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting in Concord; and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Public Meetings in Indianapolis (Indiana), Jefferson City (Missouri), Columbus (Ohio), Topeka (Kansas), and Lincoln (Nebraska).

 

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.

 

Firehouse 9/8: IAFC Votes to Support FirstNet

http://www.firehouse.com/news/12254907/iafc-votes-to-support-firstnet

As the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the IAFC has voted to support the enhancement of communications for responders.

Homeland Security Today 9/8: FirstNet Making Progress Towards Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/industry-news/single-article/firstnet-making-progress-towards-nationwide-public-safety-broadband-network/0f5aca14a80ca697b2ce3f0e24c33946.html

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) took another step closer to the implementation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) with the approval of a budget package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.  The FirstNet Board approved a $6.585 billion budget to support the award of a Network contract and associated task orders in FY17, including $85 million for FirstNet operations. The $6.5 billion will be paid over the course of the contract as development and operational milestones are achieved.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter has 4,172 followers, and Facebook has 404 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,671 followers, and YouTube has 327 subscribers. 


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - September 6, 2016

FirstNet News

·         The FirstNet Federal Border Forum (Southwest) wrapped up on August 31st in Phoenix, Arizona.  The two-day event was attended by local, state, tribal and federal public safety stakeholders from the southwest border region.  The Departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, Interior, and Justice were represented.  State and local representatives from Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas also participated, as well as regional tribes from the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, Salt River Pima, Ft. Mojave, Ft. McDowell, Navajo Nation, and Tonoho O’odam Nation.  Presentation topics included: FirstNet 101; agency operations along the border; Early Builder program updates from New Mexico, Harris County, and LA-RICS; and FirstNet-related technical subjects such as Radio Access Networks, devices, applications, and LTE standards.  As an adjunct to the Federal Border Forum, PSAC Chair Harlin McEwen had an introductory meeting with the recently appointed Chair and Vice-Chair of the PSAC Federal Working Group, who were both in attendance at the Forum.

 

·         The Texas Early Builder Program hosted FirstNet staff and stakeholders from Washington State, Oregon, and Idaho for a demonstration of the implementation and use of the network in Harris and Brazos counties last week.  The Port of Houston provided a briefing detailing their operational needs, use of LTE, and past use cases.  The Harris County technical team also provided a system overview and shared lessons learned from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March that are being leveraged in planning for support of the Super Bowl.  Attendees toured the Disaster City training facility in College Station and discussed the use of LTE during exercises.  The team visited the Harris County Core at Texas A&M University and their Public Safety Communication Lab.  The Brazos County Sheriff’s Department shared information about their use of the network, including coverage measurement, transition to Band 14, applications, and video management.

 

·         FirstNet posted two blog entries last week: VIDEO: Going Social Can Keep The Public Informed, Prepared in Disaster or Emergency, and IAFC FRI 2016 Recap.  All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

·         FirstNet held a series of engagements in Guam last week, including a meeting with the Governor, a Governance Body Meeting (now completing 38 Governance Body Meetings), and a Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meeting.  Participants were interested in whether FirstNet would help them avoid roaming charges and achieve interoperability when traveling to other Pacific territories, Hawaii, and the mainland.

 

·         The FirstNet tribal team met with three tribes in Montana last week, including the Blackfeet Nation, the Crow Tribe of Montana, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Tribal representatives discussed the issues they face with large swaths of territory without network connectivity, combined with the millions of tourists they see annually to tribal and adjacent areas such as Glacier National Park and the Little Bighorn Battlefield.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Missouri NENA Conference in Springfield; the Arizona APCO/NENA Conference in Tempe; a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; the East Alabama EMS Chiefs Conference and an Alabama State Emergency Medical Control Committee meeting in Oxford; CTIA Super Mobility 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada; Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement public meetings in St. Paul, Minnesota and Des Moines, Iowa; the PSAC State & Local Focus Group Quarterly Teleconference; the Rural Wireless Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference in Louisville; a Southern California Tribal Emergency Managers meeting in Banning; the Florida Governance Body Meeting in Tallahassee; a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 9-1-1 Director’s Committee meeting in Washington, DC; and the National Organization of State offices of Rural Health Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The next in-person SPOC meeting is tentatively scheduled for November 16 and 17 in Phoenix, Arizona.  More information on agenda and lodging is forthcoming.  

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

RCR Wireless 8/31: Understanding FirstNet, the post-9/11 public safety initiative 

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160831/fundamentals/firstnet-tag31-tag99

The First Responder Network Authority is an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration created to provide emergency responders with a nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety.

Homeland Preparedness News 8/31: FirstNet applauds FCC action in planning for Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

https://homelandprepnews.com/government/19606-firstnet-applauds-fcc-action-planning-nationwide-public-safety-broadband-network/

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday for moving forward with two separate items regarding the implementation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained almost 50 new followers, now at 4,144.  Facebook has 386 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,663 followers.  YouTube has 323 subscribers. 


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 29, 2016

FirstNet News

·         On Friday, the FirstNet Board approved a $6.585 billion budget that will support the award of the FirstNet Network contract in Fiscal Year 2017 and includes $85 million for FirstNet operations.  Additional information is available in this FirstNet press release.

 

·         Also last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved forward on two items related to the planning of the FirstNet Network.  The FCC unanimously voted to release a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on the process it will use for any state or territory that chooses to deploy its own Radio Access Network, as well as an Order on the relocation of Band 14 public safety incumbents.  FirstNet commended the FCC on taking these critical steps in planning for the Network in a press release.

 

·         FirstNet posted three blog entries last week: #APCO2016 Highlights Strong Commitment to Public Safety Mission; Crowdsourcing Solutions for Public Safety Communications (reposted from the Public Safety Communications Research program’s Quarterly Newsletter); and Ride along: See how mobile devices help first responders work effectively and save lives, the fifth in the series “10 Ways FirstNet Will Help Public Safety Save Lives and Secure Communities.”  All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. 

 

·         FirstNet held a Region VIII Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meeting in Montana.  Participants focused on the provisioning of users, devices, and applications; network coverage and capacity in rural areas; and establishing local control across state boundaries.

 

·         FirstNet also held two Metro Engagement Meetings in Mesa, Arizona, and Denver, Colorado.  Questions focused on the FirstNet business model, the device and applications ecosystem, local control, and making sure that public safety’s interests would remain FirstNet’s number one goal.

 

·         On the tribal front last week, FirstNet presented to the District IV Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)/Tribal Chiefs Quarterly Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Oklahoma Public Safety Communications Tribal Advisory Committee in Oklahoma City.  The Albuquerque meeting was attended by 11 New Mexico Tribes, the BIA-Office of Justice Services, FBI, US Marshalls Service, US Attorney's Office, New Mexico State Police, and the New Mexico Fusion Center.  In Oklahoma City, there were attendees from 13 tribes, the state Office of Native Affairs, and other local and state agencies.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in a Pennsylvania East Central FirstNet Regional Meeting in Reading; the FirstNet Federal Border Forum (Southwest) in Phoenix, Arizona; The International Justice and Public Safety Network (Nlets) 2016 Implementers Workshop in Scottsdale, Arizona; a Texas Early Builder Demonstration in Brazos and Harris counties; a QPP CTT, Governance Body Meeting, and Governor Meeting in Guam; meetings with three tribes in Montana; and the NTIA’s Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things workshop in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

·         As a reminder: Should tribal members express interest in attending FirstNet's Federal Border Forum (Southwest) (August 30-31 in Phoenix, AZ) or the National Tribal Emergency Management Conference (September 21-23 in Lemoore, California), state and territory single points of contact (SPOCs) may choose to support participation as an allocable state and local implementation grant program (SLIGP) expenditure.  Allowances may include the cost of transportation to and from, along with prorated reimbursement (based upon the event agenda), dependent upon full attendance at FirstNet presentations.  Please speak with your SLIGP federal program officer for a detailed understanding of how to properly account for these costs.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

 

·         The Texas and Los Angeles-Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) projects of the PSAC’s Early Builders Working Group (EBWG) are attending the Federal Border Forum (SW) this week in Phoenix, Arizona.  They will be sharing project updates and lessons learned.

 

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.

 

Homeland Preparedness News 8/23: FirstNet awards grants to eight agencies under Band 14 spectrum program

https://homelandprepnews.com/government/19561-firstnet-awards-grants-eight-agencies-band-14-spectrum-program/

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) awarded funds on Thursday to eight agencies for its Band 14 Incumbent Spectrum Relocation Grant program.

 

Urgent Communications 8/23: Reappointment of Swenson to top spot on FirstNet board is great news for public safety

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/reappointment-swenson-top-spot-firstnet-board-great-news-public-safety

Last week, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker reappointed FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson to another three-year term on the FirstNet board, including two years as the organization’s top official. Maintaining the status quo may not seem particularly newsworthy in most situations, but it is in this case—a credit to Swenson and her impact to date on FirstNet.

 

Fedscoop 8/22: Experts: States play key role in coordinating FirstNet, next-gen 911 efforts

http://fedscoop.com/experts-states-play-key-role-in-coordinating-firstnet-next-gen-911-efforts

As states look to team up on the development of a nationwide broadband network for first responders and move to “next-generation” 911 services, IT shops have a key role to play in coordinating these complex projects, according to a panel of public safety communications experts.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week. Twitter gained more than 25 new followers, now at 4,096. Facebook has 382 followers. LinkedIn now has 1,658 followers. YouTube has 320 subscribers. 


Monday, August 22, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 22, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Last Thursday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced the reappointment of Sue Swenson, Jeff Johnson, and Teri Takai to the FirstNet Board of Directors. Sue Swenson will continue to serve as Board Chair for another two-year term. Board member Barry Boniface has decided not to seek reappointment to his seat due to the demands of his business, but he has agreed to remain on until a replacement is found or until the end of the year, whichever occurs first. For more information, please see the blog post.

 

·         The FirstNet Board and Finance Committee will hold a Special Meeting via teleconference on Friday, August 26.  Members of the public may listen to the meeting by dialing toll free 1.800.369.1808 and the passcode 7322336. 

 

·         Last week, FirstNet attended the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. CEO Mike Poth provided the keynote address at APCO's Distinguished Achievers Breakfast, where he addressed nearly 1,100 attendees about the valuable contributions FirstNet will make to the future of public safety communications. In the FirstNet Town Hall Meeting, Mike, President TJ Kennedy, and other FirstNet staff provided an overview and timely updates about significant milestones that FirstNet has achieved and answered questions. FirstNet’s breakout session, "FirstNet and NG9-1-1," was attended by over 60 people, including PSAC Chair Harlin McEwen, a number of state and territory single points of contact (SPOCs), and State Planning Committee members. FirstNet also hosted an Early Builders Roundtable, with panelists from Colorado, Los Angeles, and Texas, who discussed the valuable lessons learned as part of the PSAC’s Early Builders Working Group (EBWG).

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet attended the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) 2016 Fire-Rescue International in San Antonio, Texas. FirstNet Board Chair Swenson and Vice Chair Johnson provided a brief FirstNet update to the IAFC Board of Directors and answered questions from the members. The IAFC Board passed a motion to draft a position statement in support of FirstNet and its mission to meet the broadband data needs of public safety. In addition, FirstNet debuted its new large exhibit booth, presented updates to 14 committees, and conducted a general education session, "FirstNet: The Future of Firefighting," with approximately 50 attendees. FirstNet staff also had the opportunity to film video interviews with several metropolitan and volunteer fire chiefs in attendance and to do a ride along with the Austin, Texas Fire Department.  Videos from the event are available on FirstNet’s Twitter account.

 

·         FirstNet posted two blog entries last week, FirstNet Board Members Appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker: Member Statements and Delivering Actionable Data Via Innovative Apps, Devices, the fourth in the series “10 Ways FirstNet Will Help Public Safety Save Lives and Secure Communities”.  All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. 

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 37 state Governance Body Consultation Meetings, meeting with the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Territory Wide Communication Interoperability Governance Board last week.

 

·         FirstNet also held two Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meetings last week, including one with Region VII and another with representatives from seven federal departments and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The primary topics of discussion with Region VII were loading, capacity, and device management, while the federal discussion dealt more heavily with primary user states and data prioritization on the network.

 

·         FirstNet has created a fact sheet to address any questions on network funding and revenue reinvestment provisions.  It can be found HERE on the FirstNet resources page.

 

  • This week FirstNet will be participating in the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) Annual Conference and Technology Showcase in Washington, DC; a Metro Engagement Meeting in Mesa, Arizona; the National Governors Association Policy Academy in Julian, West Virginia; the Virginia Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability Region 5 meeting in Chesapeake; a Metro Engagement Meeting in Denver, Colorado; the National EMS Safety Summit in Denver, Colorado; a New Mexico Pueblo Tribal Police Chiefs meeting in Albuquerque; an Oklahoma Public Safety Communications Tribal Advisory Committee meeting in Oklahoma City; and a Region VIII QPP CTT in Bozeman, Montana.

 

  • Last week the FirstNet Tribal Team held positive discussions with the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida; presented at a regional FCC Tribal Broadband, Telecom, and Broadcast Training and Consultation Workshop in Washington; and briefed the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Energy & Telecommunications Committee. The FCC engagement provided FirstNet the opportunity to meet with tribal IT and telecommunications personnel, and led to an invitation to accompany the FCC's Office of Native Affairs & Programs at all their regional meetings.

 

·         Note from NTIA: Should tribal members express interest in attending FirstNet's Southwest Border Forum (August 30-31 in Phoenix, AZ) or the National Tribal Emergency Management Conference (September 21-23 in Lemoore, CA), SPOCs may choose to support participation as an allocable state and local implementation grant program (SLIGP) expenditure.  Allowances may include the cost of transportation to and from, along with prorated reimbursement (based upon the event agenda), dependent upon full attendance at FirstNet presentations.  Please speak with your SLIGP federal program officer for a detailed understanding of how to properly account for these costs.

 

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 8/18: FirstNet names eight recipients in $26.8 million grant program to relocate 700 MHz narrowband systems

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/firstnet-names-eight-recipients-268-million-grant-program-relocate-7

“FirstNet today announced that eight public-safety entities will receive a total of $26.8 million to fund the relocation of their narrowband systems to different 700 MHz frequencies, clearing the airwaves for FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network that is scheduled to be built during the next several years.”

 

·         Mission Critical Communications 8/18: Swenson, Johnson, Takai Reappointed to FirstNet Board

http://www.mccmag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/14609 

“U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker reappointed three First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board members, including Chairwoman Sue Swenson, to three-year terms. Jeff Johnson, FirstNet vice chair, and Teri Takai, senior advisor at the Center for Digital Government, were also reappointed. Swenson will continue to serve as chairwoman of the FirstNet board for another two-year term.”

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew faster than normal this week. Twitter gained more than 75 new followers, now at 4,069. Facebook has 372 followers. LinkedIn now has 1,650 followers. YouTube has 313 subscribers.