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Monday, February 12, 2018

FirstNet Weekly Update - February 12, 2018

February 12, 2018First Responder Network Authority News

 

·         Last week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of four individuals to serve on the Board of the First Responder Network Authority, including three new members. Read the press release here.

 

·         Last Week, First Responder Network Authority Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher spoke at the Colorado Wireless Association’s Annual Education Conference in Centennial.

 

·         First Responder Network Authority staff also presented at the Integrated Justice Information System (IJIS) Institute’s National Symposium last week in Arlington, Virginia.

 

·         The Public Safety Advisory Committee’s (PSAC) Tribal Working Group also met last week in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

·         This week, the First Responder Network Authority will participate in a National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors “Leveraging FirstNet for Rural” webinar; the National Congress of American Indians’ Executive Council Winter Session in Washington, DC; the National Emergency Number Association 9-1-1 Goes to Washington in Washington, DC; a meeting with the Essex County Fire Chiefs Association in Middletown, Massachusetts; a meeting with the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police in Hookset; a FirstNet Regional Workshop in Roanoke, Virginia; a FEMA Region I Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group meeting in Maynard, Massachusetts; a briefing with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown; a Nebraska Public Safety Broadband Working Group meeting in Lincoln; the New England Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Board of Directors meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Media Institute Communications Forum in Washington, DC; a Canada-U.S. Communications Interoperability Working Group webinar; a meeting of the Northwest North Dakota Coordinated Regional Interoperability Board in Minot; and Vermont regional outreach meetings in South Burlington and Pittsford.

 

·         Share news about FirstNet products and services on FirstNet.com, and follow FirstNet on social media at:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/firstnet

Facebook: http://facebook.com/firstnet

YouTube: http://youtube.com/firstnet

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/showcase/firstnet

 

News from the PSAC

·         The next full PSAC in-person meeting will be held on Monday, June 4 in San Diego, California. Additional details are forthcoming. 

 

·         The 2018 June Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting is just around the corner. A room block has been reserved at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay at the government per diem rate of $167 per night. To make your reservation online, use this link. If you prefer to make your reservation over the phone, call 619-239-2400 and use the group code "NST." There are a limited number of rooms reserved, so it is recommended that you book your room as soon as possible. Please pass this information on to any of your associates attending this year's conference.

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.

 

Detroit News 2/5: Oakland Co. among first with new communications tech

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2018/02/05/oakland-county-firstnet/110127632/

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said Monday his department will be the first in Michigan and one of the first in the nation to equip officers with FirstNet, a communications tool that can save lives.

 

FOX Carolina 2/7: New communications system prioritizes emergency responders' calls during catastrophic emergencies

http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/37444670/new-communications-system-prioritizes-emergency-responders-calls-during-catosphrophic-emergencies

A new communications network called "FirstNet" was created so public safety officials will never have to deal with that during catastrophic events.

 

Urgent Communications 2/8: FirstNet gets three new board members, while one spot remains open

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-gets-three-new-board-members-while-one-spot-remains-open

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today appointed three new FirstNet board members and the appointment of another board member to three-year terms, leaving the FirstNet board with one open seat and no clear state-government representative among its current membership.

 

Web and Social Media

The First Responder Network Authority’s social media presence grew at its normal rate last week. Twitter gained 67 new followers, now at 9,253. Facebook has 2,670 followers. LinkedIn now has 3,819 followers. YouTube has 737 subscribers. 


Monday, February 05, 2018

FirstNet Weekly Update - February 5, 2018

February 5, 2018First Responder Network Authority News

 

·         Last week, First Responder Network Authority staff presented to the 2018 Border Security Expo in Houston, Texas.

 

·         First Responder Network Authority representatives also presented last week at the State EMS Association Network Annual Meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

 

·         The Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association held their Annual Meeting last week in Stillwater, where First Responder Network Authority staff presented jointly with members of the state SPOC team.

 

·         The First Responder Network Authority and AT&T also spoke last week before the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Fire Service in Natrona Heights.

 

·         This week, the First Responder Network Authority will participate in the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association Leadership Summit in Juneau; Vermont regional outreach meetings in Berlin and Milton; the Colorado Wireless Association Annual Education Conference in Centennial; a FEMA Region X Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group meeting in Salem, Oregon; the Integrated Justice Information System (IJIS) National Symposium in Arlington, Virginia; a meeting of the Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Commission in Lincoln; the North Country Interoperability Consortium in Lincoln, New Hampshire; a Public Safety Advisory Committee Tribal Working Group meeting in Phoenix, Arizona; meetings of the Delaware Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee and Broadband Working Group in Dover; an Arizona Public Safety Broadband Program/Regional Forum in Phoenix, Arizona; and the Federal Agency point-of-contact monthly teleconference.

 

·         Last week, the First Responder Network Authority posted one new blog: Prioritizing Public Safety at the International Balloon Festival.

·         Share news about FirstNet products and services on FirstNet.com, and follow FirstNet on social media at:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/firstnet

Facebook: http://facebook.com/firstnet

YouTube: http://youtube.com/firstnet

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/showcase/firstnet

 

News from the PSAC

·         The 2018 June Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting is just around the corner. A room block has been reserved at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay at the government per diem rate of $167 per night. To make your reservation online, use this link. If you prefer to make your reservation over the phone, call 619-239-2400 and use the group code "NST." There are a limited number of rooms reserved, so it is recommended that you book your room as soon as possible. Please pass this information on to any of your associates attending this year's conference.

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 2/1: AT&T CEO highlights FirstNet role as ‘foundation’ to carrier’s 5G plans

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/att-ceo-highlights-firstnet-role-foundation-carrier-s-5g-plans

FirstNet was AT&T’s top strategic initiative last year, and the telecom giant has begun construction of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), which will “prove to be the foundation for taking wireless network performance to a completely new level,” according to AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson.

 

WISH TV 2/1: AT&T tech will make Noblesville safer, fire chief says

http://wishtv.com/2018/02/01/att-tech-will-make-noblesville-safer-fire-chief-says/

Noblesville is the first Indiana city to partner with an AT&T-built communications platform specifically for first responders.

 

American City & County 1/29: FirstNet is offering rural communities opportunities to connect digitally

http://americancityandcounty.com/communications/rural-connection

There have been many on-again, off-again moves to provide broadband services to those living in rural areas of the United States who do not have access to or cannot afford Internet connectivity. State programs existed, funded by federal grants, some of which have survived and some disappeared along with the funding. But rural America now has an opportunity to work with, and add to, the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, FirstNet.

 

Web and Social Media

The First Responder Network Authority’s social media presence grew at its normal rate last week. Twitter gained 76 new followers, now at 9,186. Facebook has 2,619 followers. LinkedIn now has 3,779 followers. YouTube has 718 subscribers. 


Friday, February 02, 2018

FirstNet Weekly Update - January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018First Responder Network Authority News

 

·         First Responder Network Authority staff provided a programmatic update last week at the Southeast Association of Fire Chiefs Winter Board Meeting in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

 

·         The First Responder Network Authority also staffed a booth last week at the Wisconsin Working Together EMS Conference in Milwaukee.

 

·         The tribal team participated in the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) 2018 Winter Convention last week in Portland, Oregon.

 

·         The tribal team was also in Texas last week for meetings with the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas and the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas in Livingston and Eagle Pass, respectively.

 

·         Staff also participated in a meeting last week on EMS Data Exchange topics with the Department of Homeland Security in Arlington, Virginia. 

 

·         Additionally last week, the First Responder Network Authority participated in a Firehouse Magazine webinar entitled, “Using Technology to Get the Best Responses to Fires and Emergencies.” 

 

·         This week, the First Responder Network Authority will participate in the Border Security Expo in San Antonio, Texas; a FEMA Region VII Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group webinar; a Kansas Division of Emergency Management FirstNet Workshop in Topeka; a Maine Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Augusta; an Eagle County Public Safety Council meeting in Eagle, Colorado; a Washington State Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group meeting in Ocean Shores; a New Hampshire State Executive Interoperability Committee meeting in Concord; an Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System outreach event in Sioux City; a Wisconsin Southwest Regional Outreach Session in Fennimore; a meeting of the Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Fire Service in Natrona Heights; and the State EMS Association Network Annual Meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

 

·         Last week, the First Responder Network Authority posted two new blogs: The Next Phase of FirstNet: Delivering Lifesaving Technologies to Public Safety and The Public Safety Advisory Committee of the Future, by PSAC Chairman Tom Sorley, which also includes a new video featuring PSAC members and Board Chair Sue Swenson

·         Share news about FirstNet products and services on FirstNet.com, and follow FirstNet on social media at:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/firstnet

Facebook: http://facebook.com/firstnet

YouTube: http://youtube.com/firstnet

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/showcase/firstnet

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by the First Responder Network Authority.  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 Eagle 1/26: Brazos County Sheriff's Office first in Texas to gather intel real-time under public safety network

http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/brazos-county-sheriff-s-office-first-in-texas-to-gather/article_40fdb72f-4cb8-58be-99c8-97b5e00dd53f.html

The Brazos County Sheriff's Office unveiled their new public safety network FirstNet on Thursday with a demonstration that showed how the system can connect first responders to one another with the click of a button or a finger tap to a screen.

 

MissionCritical Communications 1/25: Kansas Highway Patrol, Texas Sheriff’s Office Subscribe to FirstNet

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/16455

The Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) has become the first public-safety agency in Kansas to subscribe to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), while the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office became the first local agency Texas subscriber.

 

Metro East Sun 1/23: Madison County first responders 'excited' for Illinois' decision to join FirstNet, official says

https://metroeastsun.com/stories/511319772-madison-county-first-responders-excited-for-illinois-decision-to-join-firstnet-official-says

Madison County emergency management professionals are enthusiastic about Illinois' decision last month to join a nationwide federal-enhanced wireless broadband network, a local emergency management official said during a recent interview.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate last week. Twitter gained 26 new followers, now at 9,110. Facebook has 2,554 followers. LinkedIn now has 3,762 followers. YouTube has 701 subscribers. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

FirstNet Weekly Update - January 22, 2018

FirstNet News

·         Today, AT&T is launching a service brand to help drive awareness and adoption of the FirstNet network and services.  AT&T has designed a specialized and commercial-grade brand and logo for the FirstNet service that will be used to highlight network products and services to public safety.  Creating this brand differentiates FirstNet service and will help public safety identify the FirstNet solution and the lifesaving technology it offers first responders in communities across our nation.

 

·         The Northern Mariana Islands opted in to the FirstNet network last week.  All 56 states and territories have opted in, solidifying full, nationwide participation for the FirstNet network.

 

·         FirstNet participated in the National Emergency Number Association’s (NENA) Next Generation 9-1-1 Standards and Best Practices Conference last week in Kissimmee, Florida.

 

·         FirstNet staff also presented to several groups and held an exhibit booth last week at Fire Rescue East in Daytona Beach, Florida.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet staff provided a program update at the Ohio FirstNet public safety/broadband conference in Columbus.

 

·         The FirstNet tribal team attended a meeting of the National Tribal Telecom Association last week in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the Baltimore-Washington Area Commercial Real Estate Public Safety & Connectivity Summit in Laurel, Maryland; a meeting with the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas in Eagle Pass, Texas; the Wisconsin Working Together Conference in Milwaukee; a meeting with the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas in Livingston, Texas; a meeting of the New Hampshire Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee Data Committee in Concord; the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs Winter Board Meeting in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and the Delaware State Fire Chief’s Meeting in Townsend.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: Tech Talk: Lisbon, Portugal 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap and With First Responder Network Set to Launch, ‘Communications Is Everything’ says Fire Captain.

 

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 1/19: Northern Mariana Islands ‘opt-in’ decision gives FirstNet clean sweep of states and territories

http://m.urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/northern-mariana-islands-opt-decision-gives-firstnet-clean-sweep-states-and-territories

Northern Mariana Islands Gov. Ralph DeLeon Guerrero Torres today announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T, meaning all 56 states and territories in the U.S. have made an “opt-in” decision.

 

Richmond 2day 1/17: Richmond among first in nation to use new public safety wireless network

http://richmond2day.com/richmond-among-first-nation-use-new-public-safety-wireless-network/

Richmond’s Department of Emergency Communications recently began testing this new network, called FirstNet, and expects to have it in use throughout the city by the end of 2018.

 

Axios 1/16: First responders are getting their radio network — from AT&T

https://www.axios.com/first-responders-are-getting-their-radio-network-1515598063-e1e3d19c-e505-46f5-8e8f-ef7b4c935eb0.html

Police and firefighters are finally getting the priority communications network they were promised in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In exchange for building it, AT&T gets $6.5 billion in government funds over the next five years and access to a large chunk of valuable airwaves for 25 years.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate last week.  Twitter gained 64 new followers, now at 8,984.  Facebook has 2,477 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,723 followers.  YouTube has 672 subscribers. 


Monday, January 08, 2018

FirstNet Weekly Update - January 8, 2018

FirstNet News

·         Guam opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         FirstNet will be at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and CES Government technology conferences this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Thursday, FirstNet will host the Transforming the Future of Emergency Communications track at CES with three panels. On Friday, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth will deliver a keynote address at the CES Government Conference.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will also participate in the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) Annual Meeting in San Diego, California; a full meeting of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC); a meeting of the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission in Amarillo, Texas; a meeting with the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, DC; and tribal meetings in New Mexico with the Pueblo of Santa Ana, the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, the Pueblo of Pojoaque, the Santa Clara Pueblo, and the Tesuque Pueblo.

 

·         Since the last update, FirstNet posted one new blog: New Year, New Network, New FirstNet.

 

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 1/4: Guam becomes first Pacific territory to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/guam-becomes-first-pacific-territory-make-firstnet-opt-announcement

Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo today announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T, making Guam the first Pacific territory to “opt in” to the FirstNet system.

 

Fierce Wireless 1/3: FirstNet and AT&T moving forward with IoT, smart city offerings

https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/firstnet-and-at-t-moving-forward-iot-smart-city-offerings

Following news that all of the nation’s states have opted in to FirstNet’s public-safety network, executives at FirstNet and AT&T are now moving forward with their network buildout plans. But, as FirstNet officials have pointed out, FirstNet is more than just a network.

 

Tech Republic 1/2: AT&T looks to improve US public safety with network dedicated to first responders

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/at-t-looks-to-improve-us-public-safety-with-network-dedicated-to-first-responders/

With unanimous support from 53 US states and territories, AT&T will launch a dedicated broadband fast lane for first responders, the company announced Friday.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate last week.  Twitter gained 92 new followers, now at 8,809.  Facebook has 2,418 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,579 followers.  YouTube has 641 subscribers.