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Monday, June 19, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 19, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Stay tuned for information and resources regarding FirstNet State Plan release today.  Now live, FirstNet.com is our open website for viewers to learn about FirstNet network products and services, as well as the advantages for public safety.

 

·         Last week, the PSAC met in San Antonio, Texas, for the first in-person meeting of the year to update members on FirstNet’s most recent progress and hear from FirstNet and AT&T leadership. PSAC Chair Tom Sorley led dialogue on task team and working group updates, outreach and education efforts and FirstNet and AT&T discussed the people, priorities, and processes around State Plans and the Governor’s decision.  For more details, please read FirstNet’s blog about the meeting.

 

·         FirstNet also attended the 2017 Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting last week, also in San Antonio. FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson delivered the keynote address, which FirstNet published on its blog.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth provided the keynote address at the 5G World Summit in London, United Kingdom.

 

·         FirstNet staffed a booth last week at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) International HAZMAT Response Teams Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

·         FirstNet also participated in the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Conference on Police Telecommunications in Washington, DC.  FirstNet President TJ Kennedy, AT&T and FirstNet staff spoke during “The Future of Emergency Communications” roundtable.  The audience of 150 Police Chiefs and 9-1-1 Center Directors from around the nation, heard details about deployment, and encouraged them to get involved with their State Plan reviews.   Lori Flaherty of the NG-9-1-1 program office talked about plans to deploy this technology nationwide in Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs).

 

·         FirstNet staff also participated in a meeting with the Department of the Interior Radio Executive Steering Committee in Washington, DC.

 

·         FirstNet staff participated in the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Conference in Uncasville, Connecticut to revise the tribal curriculum at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland. 

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in State Plan Review meetings in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, and Washington; a meeting of the Canada-U.S. Communications Interoperability Working Group in Buffalo, New York; the Major County Sheriffs Summer Conference in Reno, Nevada; a meeting of the Maryland Practitioners Steering Committee in Reisterstown; the Western Fire Chiefs Association President’s Forum in Park City, Utah; a Hawaii Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan Workshop and Emergency Preparedness Executive Consortium meeting in Honolulu; and the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted three new blogs: PSAC Recap: Outreach, State Plans, Network Solutions Focus of Summer Meeting, FirstNet Board Member Gov. James Douglas to States, Public Safety: ‘Keep your eyes on the prize’, and FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2017 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting.

 

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 6/15: FirstNet, AT&T share more details about fees, operations as state-plan release date approaches

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/firstnet-att-share-more-details-about-fees-operations-state-plan-rel?page=2

FirstNet officials are working to finalize the fees that states and territories would pay to use the FirstNet LTE core and FirstNet’s licensed 20 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum in a potential opt-out scenario, but it is not certain whether these figures will be included in the state plans that could be delivered as early as next week, according to FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson.

 

Fire Chief 6/14: FirstNet: The long-awaited public safety broadband network is underway

https://www.firechief.com/2017/06/14/firstnet-the-long-awaited-public-safety-broadband-network-is-underway/

FirstNet went from an idea to reality thanks to an unwavering and historical unity of public safety leadership. The March 2017 announcement that a contract between FirstNet and AT&T was signed – meaning first responders will have access to services that use the full AT&T network – resulted in excitement throughout the public safety community.

 

Orlando Sun Sentinel 6/12: 'FirstNet' game changer for emergency response

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/fl-jyoped-pulse-anniversary-first-responders-20170612-story.html

Now, we can serve Florida's first responders even better. On March 30, 2017, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) — a new, national high-speed wireless broadband network for public safety — announced it will enter into a public-private partnership with AT&T to construct and administer this long-awaited and vital program. FirstNet represents a major step forward for public safety and national security in the United States — a game-changing development as significant as the adoption of the 9-1-1 system during the latter decades of the 20th century.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 40 new followers, now at 6,415.  Facebook has 1,225 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,491 followers.  YouTube has 466 subscribers. 


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 12, 2017

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet and AT&T held the State Plans Kickoff Meeting last week with SPOCs and their teams from all 56 states and territories in Dallas, Texas. The meeting provided a great opportunity to consult and dialogue with state teams, hear details on the AT&T solution, and discuss the State Plan delivery and review process.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy was in Sydney, Australia to give the keynote at the Sydney Comms Connect Conference.

 

·         FirstNet Chief Financial Officer Kim Farington spoke at the Association of Government Accountants 2017 Professional Development Training last week in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

·         FirstNet Board member Governor Jim Douglas took part in a podcast series with the New Jersey SPOC last week called, “Intelligence. Unclassified.” The series is jointly hosted by the National Governors Association’s Governor’s Homeland Security Council and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet staff spoke at the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Conference and Expo in San Antonio, Texas, as well as hosting an exhibit booth.

 

·         FirstNet staff were in attendance last week at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference and Expo in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

·         The Federal Agency Point-of-Contact (APOC) monthly conference call was also held on Wednesday.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in a Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Broadband Stakeholder Meeting in San Antonio, Texas; the 5G World Summit in London, United Kingdom; an FCC Region 19 700/800MHz Committee Meeting in Concord, New Hampshire; the Responding to Modern Emergencies – Route Fifty Roadshow in New Orleans, Louisiana; a North Country Interoperability Consortium meeting in Gorham, New Hampshire; a Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission meeting in Waterbury; the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) International HAZMAT Response Teams Conference in Baltimore, Maryland; the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Conference on Police Telecommunications in Washington, DC; a PSAC in-person meeting in San Antonio, Texas; a meeting with the Department of the Interior Radio Executive Steering Committee in Washington, DC; and a Minnesota Ambulance Association Board of Directors meeting in St. Cloud.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted a new blog: FirstNet, AT&T Set for State Plan ‘Kick-off’ Meeting with SPOCs.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The summer 2017 in-person PSAC meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15th, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.

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 News 6/9: FirstNet, AT&T to allow early opt-in

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170608/carriers/firstnet-att-to-allow-early-opt-in-tag6

The First Responders Network Authority and AT&T, the contractor for FirstNet’s national network, expect to deliver individual state plans for public safety coverage this month.

 

Wireless Week 6/9: AT&T Accelerates FirstNet Opt-In Timeline For States Eager to Participate

https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2017/06/t-accelerates-firstnet-opt-timeline-states-eager-participate

AT&T and FirstNet are slashing the opt-in timeline for the first responder network buildout, giving states eager to participate the ability to green light the project as soon as they’re ready.

 

Urgent Communications 6/8: FirstNet, AT&T drop ‘draft state plan’ term, announce process for early ‘opt-in’ decisions

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-att-drop-draft-state-plan-term-announce-process-early-opt-decisions

Governors will have an opportunity to accept the FirstNet state plan for deploying a public-safety broadband network within the borders as soon as this month, a FirstNet official announced today at the organization’s meeting of state points of contact (SPOCs) in the Dallas area.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 79 new followers, now at 6,375.  Facebook has 1,206 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,463 followers.  YouTube has 463 subscribers. 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 30, 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.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth provided the keynote address at the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s annual Wireless Infrastructure Show in Orlando, Florida.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet staff attended the Associated Tribes of Northwest Indians’ (ATNI) Mid-Year Convention in Portland, Oregon. Staff joined the Idaho, Oregon, and Washington SPOC teams to provide updates to the conference’s general assembly, as well as to the ATNI Telecommunications Subcommittee. PSAC Tribal Working Group (TWG) Chair Brian Howard also provided an update on a draft tribal consultation policy effort, gathering tribal public safety profiles, and other endeavors of the TWG.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet staff manned a booth at the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ (IAFC) Fire Rescue Med conference in Henderson, Nevada.

 

·         FirstNet staff attended an outreach meeting in Statesville last week with stakeholders from North Carolina’s western counties.  Staff briefed roughly 30 attendees on FirstNet’s partnership with AT&T and State Plans. FirstNet staff received questions involving security, economies of scale, and operational readiness at the agency level.   

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Major Cities Chiefs Association Summer Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada; an Alaska stakeholder event in Anchorage; the Connecticut EMS Expo in Uncasville; the NTIA State Broadband Leaders Network Annual Workshop in Arlington, Virginia; and the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association 9th Annual Conference in Anchorage.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: FirstNet: Connecting EMS to Improve On-Scene Triage, Care and Safety (originally posted on EMS World), PSAC Profile: National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA), and National EMS Week 2017: Always in Service.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         The summer 2017 in-person PSAC meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15th, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas, after the conclusion of the PSCR annual 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.

 

StateScoop 5/23: Top 11 Public Safety Tech Leaders to Watch

http://statescoop.com/monthly/top-11-public-safety-tech-leaders-to-watch-3

FirstNet CEO Mike Poth has the daunting and ambitious job of directing the development of the nation’s first interoperable communications network for first responders. Drawing on his front line experience as a police officer in Tempe, Arizona, and his time working for Hewlett Packard, Poth has met with each state to learn what it wants from a network that can give police, fire and medical services resilient and reliable access to data communication during emergencies.

 

Urgent Communications 5/23: AT&T CEO expects accelerated FirstNet buildout, promises hardening, ‘ruthless preemption’ for public safety

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/att-ceo-expects-accelerated-firstnet-buildout-promises-hardening-rut

AT&T expects to deploy the Band 14 FirstNet public-safety LTE network “much quicker” than the five-year schedule included in the request for proposals (RFP), and first-responder subscribers will have “ruthless preemption” access rights on the system, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said today.

 

Wireless Week 5/23: AT&T’s FirstNet Build Could Start Sooner Than You Think

https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2017/05/ts-firstnet-build-could-start-sooner-you-think

AT&T is chomping at the bit to get going on its FirstNet buildout. CEO Randall Stephenson said this week at an investor conference AT&T is aiming to kick off construction of its nationwide network for first responders by the end of this year. According to Stephenson, AT&T is already submitting bids to all the states for their opt-in or opt-out consent. By the close of 2017, he said, work should already have started in a number of the states that were the first to agree to participation in the network’s deployment.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 54 new followers, now at 6,248.  Facebook has 1,154 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,424 followers.  YouTube has 451 subscribers. 
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.