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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - February 21, 2017

FirstNet News

  • Last week, FirstNet participated in an after action review of the Harris County, Texas Early Builder Project’s network and application deployment at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. The 10-day operational period was roundly considered to be a great success and illustrated the benefits of a dedicated public safety broadband network. Public safety officials outlined the benefits of the network and identified other areas for refinement, including more collaboration with the end user community and development of processes and procedures in alignment with an event concept of operations. Representatives from the LA-RICS Program also participated in the discussion and provided a briefing on operations at the Rose Parade.

 

  • FirstNet also met with the Wisconsin Tribal Emergency Management Alliance last week in Wausau, including representatives of the Oneida Tribe, Menominee Tribe, St. Croix Chippewas, and HoChunk Nation, as well as a FEMA liaison and a local county official who works with the Potawatomi Community. The conversation focused on data collection, the FirstNet timeline, tribal consultation, tower location, and environmental considerations.

 

  • This week, FirstNet will be participating in a Connecticut Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee meeting in Middletown; Nebraska regional meetings in Bridgepoint and Kearney; a meeting with Navajo Nation tribal and public safety leadership in Flagstaff, Arizona; a Phoenix Public Safety Cabinet meeting in Arizona; the University of Colorado Interdisciplinary Telecom Program Seminar Series in Boulder; the 2017 EMS Today JEMS Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah; an Indian Country Intelligence Network meeting in Phoenix, Arizona; a meeting with the Adjutants General Association of the United States in Washington, DC; an Indian Country Law Enforcement Coordination Group meeting in Washington, DC; the 2017 Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs Seminar in Ridgedale, Missouri; the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC; and the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2017 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

 

 

  • FirstNet’s quarterly newsletters are out! Visit FirstNet.gov to read and share the latest FirstNet updates for the Fire Rescue, EMS, Law Enforcement, and 9-1-1 communities. We now have an online subscription form for the FirstNet newsletters. Sign up and share here.

 

  • The 2017 Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN) Regional Public Safety Broadband Conferences are March 7th, 8th, and 9th from 10am-3pm. The Conferences are free to attend, and lunch will be provided. Register at www.TACN.tech/events.

 

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.

 

WAVE 3 News 2/16: Broadband Tools Strengthen Rose Parade Security

http://www.wave3.com/story/34521410/broadband-tools-strengthen-rose-parade-security

Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System and Motorola Solutions deploy broadband infrastructure, software and devices to protect Rose Parade. The current LA-RICS system, built with Motorola Solutions strategic partner Ericsson, has more than 70 LTE towers and will have a growing number of LMR sites to boost the overall system’s appeal to public safety agencies as more towers are added. LA-RICS represents the largest of the Early Builder projects that are part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). As the prime contractor for LA-RICS, Motorola Solutions continues its global leadership in creating public safety broadband networks that complement existing LMR infrastructure.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 55 new followers, now at 5,073.  Facebook has 684 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,871 followers.  YouTube has 385 subscribers. 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - February 13, 2017

FirstNet News

  • FirstNet spent last week with the nation’s law enforcement leaders during their winter legislative conferences in Washington, DC. Valuable briefings from the new Administration, including President Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly, and FBI Director Comey, all stressed the priority to support law enforcement and public safety. FirstNet Board Member Sheriff Rich Stanek, President TJ Kennedy, and staff briefed the National Sheriffs’ Association’s (NSA) Executive Board, the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association. Discussion highlighted how continuing involvement is vital to the design and implementation of the network. The conferences were a success for FirstNet thanks in no small part to Sheriff Stanek, PSAC Chair Chief (Ret.) Harlin McEwen, NSA representative to the PSAC Sheriff (Ret.) Larry Amerson, and Louisiana SPOC Colonel Mike Edmonson, who also attended the week’s events to stress the value of FirstNet to their law enforcement colleagues. Sheriff Stanek also discussed FirstNet at the White House with President Trump and Vice President Pence, and Harlin provided an update to the NSA’s State Sheriff’s Association Committee.

 

  • FirstNet attended the United South & Eastern Tribes (USET) Impact Week on Wednesday in Arlington, Virginia. FirstNet staff spoke to both the USET Justice Committee and the Tribal Emergency Services Committee, discussing data collection, tribal consultation, environmental and border issues, and the FirstNet timeline. Questions in both sessions focused on network costs, the governor’s decision, tower placement and requirements, environmental consultation, and opt-in/opt-out implications for tribes.

 

  • FirstNet was also in Juneau last week to brief the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association Leadership Summit, covering the history of FirstNet, the FirstNet value proposition, rural coverage, and applications of mobile broadband data in the fire service. Attendees were very interested in the communications capabilities FirstNet will bring, but had questions related to how FirstNet would provide adequate coverage for the state.

 

  • This week, FirstNet will be participating in a meeting of the Oregon State Interoperability Executive Council in Salem; a Wisconsin Tribal Emergency Management Alliance meeting in Wausau; the 2017 Virginia APCO/NENA Winter Summit in Chesterfield; a Connecticut Public Safety Broadband Working Group meeting in Middletown; and the Texas Task Force 1 Operational Readiness Exercise in College Station.

 

 

 

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 2/6: Trial network at Ohio State offers insights about potential benefits of FirstNet system

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/trial-network-ohio-state-offers-insights-about-potential-benefits-fi

Two college football games at Ohio State University last fall provided law-enforcement users and a group of vendors an opportunity to assess the benefits—and some of the challenges—associated with a 700 MHz Band 14 LTE network dedicated to public safety in a difficult communications environment. With more than 100,000 fans in the stands, commercial carrier networks often become so congested near the Ohio State football stadium that they “won’t even ping” when users try to get a signal to communicate during a game, according to Kelly Castle, program manager at FirstNet Ohio. But that was not a problem for certain law-enforcement officials utilizing a temporary LTE system operating on Band 14—the spectrum slated to be used by FirstNet for its proposed nationwide public-safety broadband network—during two games last fall. Leveraging spectrum secured by the state of Ohio on a temporary basis, Redline Communications deployed the LTE network quickly throughout the Ohio State stadium and surrounding areas, she said.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 40 new followers, with a total now of 5,018.  Facebook has 682 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,861 followers.  YouTube has 381 subscribers. 


Monday, February 06, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - February 6, 2017

FirstNet News

  • Last week, FirstNet met with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton to discuss the history of FirstNet and Oregon’s process for the State Plan review. Questions from the meeting included anticipated costs, spectrum utilization, rural coverage, tribal support, and the device and applications ecosystems.

 

  • FirstNet also met with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission on Wednesday. The Commission represents the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Yakama tribes, and has law enforcement jurisdiction in counties and tribal land in three states. The discussion focused on tribal input on State Plans delivery, the Governor’s decision, use of existing infrastructure, and technology solutions in rural areas.

 

  • FirstNet participated in an International Association of Emergency Managers webinar “Think Tank,” with Board Member Kevin McGinnis providing a briefing on the origins of FirstNet. FirstNet staff also spoke to the use of data in emergency management, consultation efforts, State Plans development and delivery, and how FirstNet will help improve situational awareness, deployment of resources, and interoperability. PSAC member Joe Sastre provided a PSAC overview, highlighting its important public safety-focused advisory role to FirstNet. Speakers emphasized the importance of getting involved with their state FirstNet program and associations on the PSAC.

 

  • FirstNet worked with the Texas Early Builder project team, providing event support for Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. A robust after action review is planned for the middle of the month; look for additional details of FirstNet’s participation in a future update.

 

  • This week, FirstNet will be participating in the United South & Eastern Tribes Impact Week in Arlington, Virginia; the National Sheriff’s Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, DC; the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) Winter Meeting in Washington, DC; the MCCA and Major County Sheriffs Association Joint Legislative Meeting in Washington, DC; a series of State Plan Working Group meetings in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the State EMS Association Networking Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

 

  • FirstNet will schedule a briefing for public safety and tribal/state/local association staff representatives in the Washington, DC area, shortly after a contract award is made.  As we have in the past, we will gather to provide the most current information on FirstNet’s progress, and address your questions and concerns.  We look forward to providing additional information on a date, time and location for this association briefing very soon.

 

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.

 

Mission Critical Communications 2/2: FirstNet Offers Video on State Plans

http://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15158

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released a video offering more information on the state plans. “Our goal is to deliver and discuss state plans that reflect the public-safety priorities of each state and territory for the nationwide public-safety broadband network,” said Dave Buchanan, FirstNet director of consultation, in a blog. “To achieve this, we will build on our consultation efforts through governance body meetings, SPOC team interaction, executive meetings and additional public-safety meetings.”

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 56 new followers, now at 4,978.  Facebook has 673 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,849 followers.  YouTube has 381 subscribers. 


Monday, January 30, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - January 30, 2017

FirstNet News

  • Last week, FirstNet attended the National Association of EMS Physicians 2017 Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, holding numerous conversations with EMS physicians who lead EMS services in local communities and often drive the use of new medical technologies. Enthusiasm was high as attendees learned how FirstNet will benefit patients and the medical community in the near future. FirstNet also had the opportunity to review new software systems and apps that aggregate field EMS information and present it in usable ways at hospitals.

 

  • FirstNet also attended the NTIA Spectrum Managers Course in Washington, DC last week. This meeting of spectrum managers, engineers, and policy staff from federal departments and agencies gives an overview of spectrum management across the government. FirstNet staff provided an overview and an update on current activities, including consultation with federal public safety entities.

 

  • Also last week, FirstNet staff attended a meeting of the Southwest Border Communications Working Group in Albuquerque, New Mexico, providing a summary of consultation and data collection efforts, and the State Plans preparation and review process. Questions and discussion focused on rural coverage, network security, and cross-border communications with Mexican authorities.

 

  • Last Monday, FirstNet attended the Northern California Tribal Chairman’s Association meeting in Trinidad Rancheria with the California SPOC. Staff provided an overview of the State Plan process and the Governor’s decision. Tribal leaders raised several questions, including costs, considerations for collocation on existing infrastructure, and how tribal representation can be best involved.

 

  • FirstNet also met with the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Humboldt County, California to discuss the history of FirstNet, State Plans delivery, the Governor’s decision, and tribal consultation via the PSAC Tribal Working Group and the CalFRN Tribal Advisory Committee. Discussion focused on working with rural providers, potential investments to prepare for FirstNet services, and costs.

 

  • Last week, FirstNet also presented before the FirstNet Subcommittee of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) in Los Angeles, providing an overview of FirstNet and answering questions about the FirstNet timeline and how the SCAG may get involved. Other topics of discussion included costs, rural coverage, and potential impacts of FirstNet deployment.

 

  • On Friday, FirstNet staff presented to the Arizona Police Chiefs' Association in Mesa.  Attendees included almost 150 chiefs of police and the Arizona Governor and his staff. There was a high level of understanding about FirstNet’s current status and activities.

 

  • This week, FirstNet will be participating in a meeting of the Oregon Area 9 Fire Defense Board in Hermiston; an International Association of Emergency Managers webinar; a Massachusetts FirstNet Advisory Board meeting in Framingham; the Texas Association of Regional Councils Bi-Annual Staff Training & Board of Directors Meeting in Austin; a meeting with Harford County public safety communications leaders in Forest Hill, Maryland; a New Hampshire Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee meeting in Concord; the National Sheriffs Association Winter Legislative Conference in Washington, DC; and the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association Leadership Summit in Juneau.

 

 

  • Tracy McElvaney joined FirstNet last week as the Lead Architect in Technology Planning & Development. Prior to FirstNet, Tracy spent 3 years with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Public Safety Communications Research Division (PSCR), where he served as Group Leader of the Advanced Communications Research Group. Prior to federal service, Tracy worked in multiple roles ranging from System Testing, Network Deployment, Outage Recovery, and System Engineering. He has supported new network and technology rollouts through 4 generations of digital cellular evolution in the United States, South America, and Asia. He has been recognized multiple times for his customer advocacy and quality focus. 

 

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.

 

Mission Critical Communications 1/24: Smart City Study Finds Mission-Critical LTE Importance, LMR Sustainability

http://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15118/

The nationwide public-safety broadband network being procured by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) could revolutionize public-safety communications altogether. Next-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) applications are helping increase efficiency for first responders and other agencies. The deployment of broadband LTE will eventually make it possible to transmit voice, data, pictures and video in real time. As these applications integrate with other “smart” efforts, public-safety professionals can more efficiently protect and deliver services to their communities. These communications modernizations should synchronize with other technological advancements that increase levels of service delivered to constituents. More than half (55 percent) of survey respondents specified that the most preferred model to fund public-safety communications is government grants. The development and procurement of FirstNet could be shaping this outlook.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 39 new followers, now at 4,922.  Facebook has 656 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,838 followers.  YouTube has 378 subscribers. 


Monday, January 23, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - January 23, 2017

FirstNet News

  • Last week, FirstNet attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. There was robust discussion around the need for close collaboration between mayors and police chiefs.

 

  • Also last week, FirstNet staff presented to the Public Safety Committee of the California League of Cities. Discussions focused on rural coverage, technology, and deployment.

 

  • FirstNet attended the Fire Rescue East conference in Daytona Beach, Florida last week, staffing a booth and meeting with EMS associations. Although most attendees indicated little prior knowledge of FirstNet, they were very interested in and pleased with the idea of the FirstNet Network.

 

  • Last week, FirstNet staff attended a listening session between tribal leaders and association executives from across the country and members of the Trump transition team, hosted by the National Congress of American Indians, in Arlington, Virginia. Infrastructure and broadband deployment were among Indian Country’s top priorities.  The staff director of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs also presented at the session.

 

  • FirstNet staff also presented to the members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs’ Public Safety Subgroup, hosted by the Department of Justice Office of Tribal Justice (OTJ).  A follow-up briefing on public safety data sharing via OTJ’s Tribal Access Program and FirstNet was requested and is being scheduled. 

 

  • FirstNet provided an overview and update at a Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association meeting last week. FirstNet staff discussed how FirstNet services would complement other tools and resources already used by tribal public safety in Southern California, as well as the State Plan process. Attendees discussed the importance of sharing information about each tribe’s public safety capabilities with FirstNet. Questions during the meeting focused on costs, rural coverage, the Governor’s decision, and the use of existing infrastructure.

 

  • On Wednesday, FirstNet staff met with officials from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Massachusetts SPOC team, providing updates on FirstNet’s progress and tribal work. One specific point of interest was in-building coverage, particularly in casinos, where walls are built to block signals. On Thursday, FirstNet met with officials from the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to learn about their communications needs. Discussion focused on the use of existing infrastructure, protection of tribal data, network maintenance, costs, the FirstNet timeline, and the role tribes will play in the draft State Plan review process.

 

  • This week, FirstNet will be participating in the National Association of EMS Physicians 2017 Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana; a meeting of the Northern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association in Trinidad Rancheria; a National Public Safety Telecommunications Council teleconference; a FEMA Region X Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group meeting in Salem, Oregon; the Wisconsin Working Together Conference in Milwaukee; a Southwest Border Communications Working Group meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico; a FEMA Region I RECCWG meeting in Maynard, Massachusetts; and a meeting of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Council of the State of Maryland.

 

  • Each January, February, and March, professional and trade associations congregate in Washington, DC to meet with the Administration and Congress. They typically hold conferences and conduct individual meetings during their time in DC. Over the next two months, FirstNet representatives will be attending and presenting at the National Sheriff’s Association, the National Governor’s Association, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the National Association of Counties, which will include state executives from many states and territories. FirstNet will continue to share any information that will be beneficial to our work together this year.

 

 

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 1/18: NASCIO Releases Federal Advocacy Priorities: Highlights Need for Strong Intergovernmental Partnership

http://www.nascio.org/Newsroom/ArtMID/484/ArticleID/458/NASCIO-Releases-Federal-Advocacy-Priorities-Highlights-Need-for-Strong-Intergovernmental-Partnership

FirstNet appears again as an advocacy priority in 2017 because this year, governors will be making the decision to opt-in or opt-out of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. Many state CIOs serve as FirstNet’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the state and all state CIOs serve as a trusted technology and business advisor to their governors. Thus, it is important that FirstNet communicate regularly with states as final state plans are delivered and acted upon.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 28 new followers, now at 4,883.  Facebook has 646 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,825 followers.  YouTube has 375 subscribers.