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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. 
Monday, December 18, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - December 18, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Missouri, South Dakota, and Wisconsin opted in to the FirstNet network last week.  Illinois held an opt-in announcement this morning with CEO Mike Poth and Governor Bruce Rauner in attendance.  Also this afternoon, Colorado held an opt-in event with Governor John Hickenlooper, FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson, and CTO Jeff Bratcher.  Watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov

 

·         FirstNet is devoted to continuing to work with all states and territories regardless of an opt-in, opt-out, or pending decision.  We thank all SPOC teams, states and territories, and PSAC members and their associations and organizations for their hard work to make 2017 such an exceptional year!  Visit our Holiday Heroes page to see the widespread celebration of public safety.

 

·         Attached, SPOCs and their teams will find helpful FAQs regarding anticipated education and outreach events and activities under SLIGP 2.0.

 

·         Last week, over 30 members of the full PSAC met in Atlanta, Georgia, for their winter 2017 meeting.  Read a recap in FirstNet’s blog post here.

 

·         FirstNet attended the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Capitol Forum last week in Coronado, California, where staff provided an update to the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee Business Meeting.

 

·         FirstNet was also in Arizona last week to participate in two Phoenix-area public safety events.  FirstNet staff provided an update at a state-hosted Public Safety Broadband Regional Forum, as well as at a meeting of several tribes from around the Phoenix area.

 

·         FirstNet is planning an Innovation Forum in late February 2018 focused on bringing public safety leaders together from all disciplines to discuss applications, capabilities, and services of use to first responders.  The event will be in Houston, Texas, with more details to follow in the coming weeks.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in a meeting with the Oklahoma Public Safety Broadband Network team in Oklahoma City; and several Federal department and agency consultation engagements around the D.C. area.

 

·         SAFECOM and the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) request your support.  The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) seeks to obtain actionable and critical data that drives our nation’s emergency communications policies, programs, and funding.  SAFECOM seeks responses from emergency response provider organizations at all levels of government, as well as Tribal Nations. Please see the attached document for more information and visit the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey Site.  Your input is critical.

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.

 

EMS 1 12/14: FirstNet debuts ruthless preemption for first responders

https://www.ems1.com/ems-products/communications-interoperability/articles/370594048-FirstNet-debuts-ruthless-preemption-for-first-responders/

FirstNet announced the release of the ruthless preemption feature for first responders. The highly anticipated, mission-critical feature allows responders who subscribe to FirstNet to communicate during emergency situations or large events that would otherwise result in congested networks.

 

Urgent Communications 12/14: FirstNet delivers final deployment plans to Pacific territories, sets March 12 deadline for ‘opt-in/opt-out’ decisions

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-delivers-final-deployment-plans-pacific-territories-sets-march-12-deadline-opt

FirstNet this week provided the Pacific territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands with final public-safety broadband deployment plans to be built by AT&T. Governors in these territories will have until March 12 to make their “opt-in/opt-out” decisions, according to a FirstNet filing with the FCC.

 

MissionCritical Communications 12/14: AT&T to Pay $14.5 Million, Provide 3,300 Devices for LA-RICS LTE Network

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/16325

AT&T and the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications Systems (LA-RICS) are expected to finalize an agreement Dec. 14 that will transfer and assign the LA-RICS public-safety broadband network to AT&T. AT&T will pay $12 million for the assets and $2.5 million in replacement services to LA-RICS, and will provide up to 3,300 replacement routers, subscriber identity modules (SIMS) and devices.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 59 new followers, now at 8,409.  Facebook has 2,159 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,434 followers.  YouTube has 624 subscribers. 


Friday, December 15, 2017

Gov. Walker approves buildout plan for first responder network, transforms communications for public safety

Gov. Scott Walker today agreed for the state of Wisconsin to join a nationwide public safety broadband network to help improve how first responders communicate across the state.

The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, is leading the national broadband advanced technology initiative to help improve public safety communications.

“Clear and reliable communications is essential for first responders to do their jobs effectively,” Walker said. “This new partnership provides crucial, secure and robust broadband access to our first responders and public safety personnel to help them save lives when every second counts. I look forward to FirstNet and AT&T implementing their plan and its widespread positive effect in protecting Wisconsin’s communities.”

Wisconsin is among several states to "opt in" to the FirstNet plan. AT&T is developing the national FirstNet plan, which includes building Long-Term Evolution with high-speed wireless communications for mobile devices and data terminals. In addition, more towers will be built with a focus on rural areas in the state to help with interoperability communications. There is no cost to the state of Wisconsin.

"FirstNet is a great step toward bringing faster and more reliable emergency communications capabilities to every corner of Wisconsin," said Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin's adjutant general, who is responsible for the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs and its statewide interoperability programs. "When the tornado hits or floodwaters rise, our first responders are there helping citizens, and we need to make sure they have the tools necessary to communicate and to ensure interoperability in the state."

After a thorough review, the state of Wisconsin Interoperability Council — which consists of representatives from various state first responder organizations — approved a recommendation to Walker to support the FirstNet plan.

“This is a great day for first responders across Wisconsin and the residents they serve,” said Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski, chair of the Wisconsin State Interoperability Council. “By joining the FirstNet network, the governor has opened the door to enhanced technology that will improve emergency services and response times. From Pleasant Prairie to Cassville and Kewaunee to Webster, this service will help public safety better serve our citizens.”

Wisconsin’s statewide interoperability programs were consolidated under the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs as part of the 1017-19 state budget signed into law earlier this year.
Monday, December 11, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - December 11, 2017

FirstNet News

·         The FirstNet Board met last week via teleconference to discuss updates from the various Committees and FirstNet business units and to consider next steps for the organization in 2018.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy participated in a panel on use cases and best practices in government for Federal News Radio’s 5th Annual “Profiles in Excellence” Federal Executive Forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

 

·         FirstNet staff provided an update last week at the Eleventh Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) workshop in Ottawa, Canada.

 

·         FirstNet staff attended the International Association of EMS Chiefs (IAEMSC) Leadership Summit over the weekend in Washington, DC.  PSAC EC Member Chief Niles Ford joined FirstNet staff in providing an update during a full Sunday morning session.

 

·         FirstNet provided an update last week to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

 

·         The monthly Federal Agency Points of Contact (APOC) conference call was also held last week, to provide updates on recent activities and upcoming milestones heading into 2018.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in a Public Safety Broadband Regional Forum in Phoenix, Arizona; a regional tribal meeting in Phoenix, Arizona; a Washington Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee meeting in Olympia; a Department of Defense Public Safety and Emergency Management Communications Working Group meeting in Alexandria, Virginia; a briefing with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission Police in Hyattsville; a briefing with Washington County authorities in Williamsport, Maryland; and the Winter 2017 PSAC In-Person Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

·         SAFECOM and the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) request your support.  The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) seeks to obtain actionable and critical data that drives our nation’s emergency communications policies, programs, and funding.  SAFECOM seeks responses from emergency response provider organizations at all levels of government, as well as Tribal Nations. Please see the attached document for more information and visit the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey Site.  Your input is critical.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: First Responder Network: “The Time is Now,” says Virginia Fire Chief.

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.

 

Police One 12/7: Case study: How FirstNet helped a Texas agency improve use of mobile video technologies

https://www.policeone.com/policing-in-the-video-age/articles/467250006-Case-study-How-FirstNet-helped-a-Texas-agency-improve-use-of-mobile-video-technologies/

The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office saw a unique opportunity to maintain the community’s security and safety by taking part in the FirstNet early-builder program to test network coverage and performance with Band 14 (B14) Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

 

Mobile World Live 12/6: AT&T CFO outlines FirstNet spending plan

https://www.mobileworldlive.com/featured-content/top-three/att-chief-outlines-firstnet-spending-plan/

AT&T CFO John Stephens revealed the operator plans to spend all $6.5 billion it will receive from the US government to fund its FirstNet build, with the bulk of the outlay coming early in the five-year construction period.

 

TechTarget 12/5: Five ways IoT will change public safety professions

http://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/blog/IoT-Agenda/Five-ways-IoT-will-change-public-safety-professions

The FirstNet initiative, where frequencies in the 700 MHz LTE band is being used to create a dedicated public safety network, is laying the appropriate groundwork for these IoT gains.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 83 new followers, now at 8,350.  Facebook has 2,124 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,375 followers.  YouTube has 618 subscribers. 


Monday, December 04, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - December 4, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Vermont and Ohio opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         FirstNet will hold a combined Committee and Board Meeting on Thursday, December 7, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. EST via teleconference and WebEx. Further information on the meeting, including dial-in information for the public, is available here on the FirstNet website.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet Chief Customer Officer Rich Reed and Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher gave a general FirstNet presentation at the Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) Conference in Madrid, Spain.

 

·         FirstNet was also in Indianapolis, Indiana last week for a SPOC team-hosted FirstNet launch event that brought together stakeholders from across the state to discuss post opt-in next steps. FirstNet staff also presented at the Indiana EMS Association Conference last week and staffed an exhibit booth.

 

·         FirstNet joined the Michigan SPOC team for two public safety broadband forums last week in Dimondale and Kalamazoo.

 

·         Last week, the FirstNet tribal team attended an Inter Tribal Council of Arizona meeting in Phoenix, as well as meeting with: Ottawa County tribal law enforcement officials in Wyandotte, Oklahoma; the Hualapai Tribe in Peach Springs, Arizona; the Fort Belknap Indian Community in Harlem, Montana; the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Cass Lake, Minnesota; and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the Eleventh Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop in Ottawa; the Responder Labs GovCloud Workshop in Washington, DC; a Michigan Public Safety Broadband Forum in Novi; a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; a Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the Association of County Commissions of Alabama Legislative Conference in Florence; a FirstNet Technology Roadshow in Little Rock, Arkansas; the 5th Annual “LIVE” Profiles in Excellence Program in Washington, DC; a FEMA Region I Regional Interagency Steering Committee meeting in Boston, Massachusetts; a Connecticut Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting in Middletown; the International Association of EMS Chiefs Conference in Washington, DC; a meeting of the Metropolitan DC 9-1-1 Directors in Washington, DC; a Heart of Texas Council of Governments Town Hall in Waco; and a Mississippi Wireless Communications Commission meeting in Jackson.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: FirstNet for Emergency Response: Improved Incident Information will Benefit Responders and Public.

 

·         NTIA is seeking peer reviewers for the SLIGP 2.0 application process and is accepting peer reviewer resumes through mid-December 2017.  Please visit this link for more information.     

 

·         FirstNet’s Senior Law Enforcement Advisor position was posted on USAJOBs today; the vacancy is available here.

News from the PSAC

·         The Tribal Working Group (TWG) is holding its monthly teleconference on Tuesday, December 5.

 

·         The PSAC will hold its twice annual in-person meeting on December 14 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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 11/30: Ohio becomes 33rd state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/ohio-becomes-33rd-state-make-firstnet-opt-announcement

Ohio officials today announced that the state has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Ohio the 33rd state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.

 

VermontBiz 11/29: Scott opts-in to FirstNet/AT&T plan for first responder network

http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/2017/november/29/scott-opts-firstnetatt-plan-first-responder-network

Governor Phil Scott Wednesday afternoon announced he has decided to opt-in to the federal FirstNet plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. The Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network is expected to provide Vermont’s first responders with access to a reliable, secure and technologically robust cellular network that is now under development.

 

Washington Exec 11/28: AT&T Upgrades Push-to-Talk Service

https://www.washingtonexec.com/2017/11/att-upgrades-push-talk-service/

The upgrade features Push-to-X functionality, which allows for sending highly secure texts, photos, videos, voice recordings, files and location data to groups and contacts on FirstNet and AT&T networks.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 67 new followers, now at 8,267.  Facebook has 2,097 followers.  LinkedIn now has 3,349 followers.  YouTube has 616 subscribers.