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Monday, April 17, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - April 17, 2017

FirstNet News

·         The next SPOC webinar will be scheduled in early May; FirstNet is working with AT&T to finalize the SPOC State Plan Review Guidance Package, which will be the key focus of the webinar.  Information will be provided to all SPOCs and their team members as it becomes available.  

 

·         Last week, FirstNet continued meetings with AT&T.  The teams are making good progress on State Plan development and are on track to deliver draft State Plans this summer.  FirstNet Regional Leads and Consultation staff met with their regional AT&T counterparts to coordinate outreach strategies and activities. 

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet staff and former Louisiana SPOC Col. Mike Edmonson presented to the Executive Committee at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) State and Provincial Meeting in Litchfield Park, Arizona.

 

·         FirstNet staff provided a programmatic update at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2017 Western Regional Conference in Ontario, California.

 

·         FirstNet staffed a booth at the Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference in San Antonio, Texas and talked with a number of EMS providers about how FirstNet will bring better data connectivity to their operations.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in Connecticut Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee and Connecticut Public Safety Broadband Committee meetings in Middletown; an Oklahoma Public Safety Broadband Network Governance Board meeting in Oklahoma City; the Arkansas EMS Expo in Little Rock; the Georgia Emergency Management Summit and Training Sessions in Savannah; the International Trauma Life Support Ohio Conference in Columbus; the Smart Texas Revolution Conference in Dallas; and the 2017 Communications Academy in Seattle, Washington.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: PSAC Profile: National Emergency Number Association (NENA), and created a spotlight page to highlight National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week

 

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 4/11: Journey to FirstNet a story of remarkable persistence, refusal to succumb to doubters

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/journey-firstnet-story-remarkable-persistence-refusal-succumb-doubters

Is “miracle” too strong a word to associate with the NPSBN initiative? Maybe, but the same could be said about a hockey game. However, when the full context of the challenges faced by proponents of a dedicated public-safety broadband network during the past decade is considered, the use of the word “miracle” it is not a significant stretch.

 

KLKN-TV 4/10: FirstNet in Final Planning Stages in Nebraska

http://www.klkntv.com/story/35116276/firstnet-in-final-planning-stages-in-ne

That's where FirstNet steps in. It's a nationwide mobile broadband network by AT&T dedicated to public safety. "It’s really very important that access to the bandwidth when they need it,” Nebraska FirstNet Program Manager Bob Wilhelm said. The system will eliminate competition for access between first responders and the community. It will also allow any agency to connect to each other seamlessly.

 

Dallas Business Journal 4/10: AT&T picked to build nationwide wireless network just for first responders

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/04/10/at-t-picked-to-build-nationwide-wireless-network.html

AT&T Inc. has been awarded a multibillion-dollar federal contract to build a wireless network exclusively for first responders, in an effort to separate their communications from crisis-time congestion. The 25-year agreement includes a pledge from FirstNet, the name for the government-backed project, to provide 20MHz of spectrum and “success-based payments” of $6.5 billion over the first five years to support the buildout of the network.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 56 new followers, now at 5,927.  Facebook has 1,036 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,173 followers.  YouTube has 420 subscribers. 


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - April 10, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Last week, in conjunction with kickoff meetings with new partner AT&T, FirstNet held webinars for both SPOCs and the PSAC to outline the next steps in the planning and deployment of the FirstNet Network. During the PSAC webinar, Chief (Ret.) Harlin McEwen officially stepped down as PSAC Chairman, passing on his duties to new Chairman Tom Sorley.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth gave a keynote address at the Competitive Carriers Association Mobile Carriers Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

·         FirstNet Board member Jeff Johnson, President TJ Kennedy, and FirstNet staff were in Orlando, Florida for the 2017 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Conference.

 

·         On Friday, Jeff Johnson and FirstNet staff also presented to the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s National Advisory Committee in Washington, DC.

 

·         On Monday, TJ Kennedy participated in a panel presentation on information sharing at the 34th Annual Government Information Technology Executive Council Summit in Annapolis, Maryland.

 

·         FirstNet staff also attended a meeting of the White House Council on Native American Affairs Public Safety and Justice Subgroup last week in Washington, DC.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the APCO Western Regional Conference in Ontario, California; the Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference in San Antonio, Texas; the IACP State and Provincial Meeting in Litchfield Park, Arizona; a Kansas Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting in Overland Park; the Texas Police Chiefs Association Annual Conference in Woodlands; an Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police meeting in Bend; the Texas Public Safety Conference in Galveston; a Maricopa Association of Government meeting in Phoenix, Arizona; the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Conference in Marlborough; a National Defense University Industry Study briefing in Washington, DC; and the FirstNet Spring PSAC Webinar.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted five new blogs: ‘Count Us In,’ Baltimore Fire Chief Says of FirstNet; FirstNet Tech Team Goes to 2017 Mobile World Congress; FirstNet Receives Another “Clean” Audit Opinion; Thank you, Chief Harlin McEwen, and Best Wishes on your Retirement; and Tom Sorley to lead FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

 

·         New Jersey has developed a JerseyNet Fact Sheet and Things to Consider for Potential Users of 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.

 

Dallas Business Journal 4/6: How will AT&T monetize FirstNet and the public sector? A talk with Kay Kapoor, the woman in charge

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2017/04/06/how-will-at-t-monetize-firstnet-and-the-public.html?ana=RSS%26s=article_search

FirstNet is a prime example. The 25-year agreement includes $6.5 billion from the Department of Commerce to be spent on the build out during the first five years. AT&T agrees to spend $40-billion on the network over the course of the contract. Crucially, the company also receives 20MHz of spectrum.

 

Urgent Communications 4/5: AT&T, FirstNet officials provide new perspectives on governors’ ‘opt-out’ decision process

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/att-firstnet-officials-provide-new-perspectives-governors-opt-out-decision-process

AT&T and FirstNet officials last week provided new details about information that governors should consider when deciding whether their states and territories should accept the FirstNet deployment plan or choose to pursue the “opt-out” alternative.

 

MissionCritical Communications 4/4: Judge’s Decision Offers Insights into FirstNet’s Contract Award Process

http://www.rrmediagroup.com/Features/FeaturesDetails/FID/738

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims released a redacted version of Judge Elaine D. Kaplan's decision in Rivada Mercury's pre-award protest of the First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) contract award process, offering insights into the award process and the reasoning behind the judge's decision against the protest. Kaplan ruled in favor of FirstNet March 17, and about a week later, FirstNet awarded the contract for a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) to AT&T.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 89 new followers, now at 5,871.  Facebook has 1,007 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,089 followers.  YouTube has 414 subscribers. 
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - April 3, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Last week, following a Special FirstNet Board Meeting authorizing CEO Mike Poth to move forward with the FirstNet contract award, FirstNet announced a partnership with AT&T to build out the first nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety.

 

·         FirstNet and AT&T will hold a webinar for SPOCs tomorrow, April 4, at 1:00 p.m. to discuss further details of the partnership.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet had numerous staff members participating in the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  FirstNet President TJ Kennedy provided the keynote address, asking IWCE attendees to take a pledge to support the nationwide public safety broadband network for the next 25 years.  Staff members presented at a number of breakout sessions, and FirstNet had an exhibit booth to engage with the thousands of public safety stakeholders in attendance.

 

·         FirstNet congratulates PSAC Chairman Chief (Ret.) Harlin McEwen on receiving the IWCE Lifetime Achievement Award last week in Las Vegas! 

 

·         FirstNet also held a tribal listening session on Thursday in Bayfield, Wisconsin.  Staff met with and listened to the concerns of tribal representatives from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Tribal Association of Sovereign Nations (TASIN) meeting hosted by the  Chemehuevi Indian Tribe on their lands near Havasu Lake, California; the White House Council on Native American Affairs Public Safety & Justice Subgroup in Washington, DC; the Tribal Boundaries Workgroup of the National Boundaries Group (NBG) in Suitland, Maryland; the Competitive Carriers Association Mobile Carriers Show in Las Vegas, Nevada; a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; a Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission meeting in Waterbury; the Iowa FirstNet Public-Private Partnership Summit in Des Moines; the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference in Orlando, Florida; a Congressional Fire Services Institute National Advisory Committee meeting in Washington, DC; and the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) Summit “Revolution of Solutions” in Annapolis, Maryland.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: FirstNet Names AT&T Partner to Build $46.5 Billion Network for First Responders Nationwide and A “milestone moment” for public safety: Public safety leaders voice strong support for FirstNet’s success.

 

Media Watch Sampling

*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.

 

CNN Money 3/30: AT&T to build broadband network for first responders

http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/30/technology/att-first-responders/

FirstNet, an independent group at the Commerce Department, will kick in $6.5 billion over the next five years and provide broadband spectrum. AT&T will invest $40 billion over the 25-year contract to build and operate the network.

 

Washington Post 3/30: AT&T is building a new cell network that’ll give cops and firefighters priority in a crisis

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/03/30/att-is-building-a-new-cell-network-thatll-give-cops-and-firefighters-priority-over-regular-people/?utm_term=.f7cfab710324

The 25-year contract announced Thursday directs AT&T to build and maintain the network, which is known as FirstNet and is unprecedented in its level of sophistication and scale.

 

Reuters 3/30: U.S. awards AT&T contract to build wireless network for first responders

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-firstnet-at-t-contract-idUSKBN171209

The United States on Thursday awarded a contract to AT&T Inc. to build a nationwide wireless broadband network to better equip first responders, years after a federal commission recommended setting up such a system following the 9/11 attacks. FirstNet, an independent arm of the Department of Commerce, will provide No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier AT&T with telecom spectrum and success-based payments of $6.5 billion over the next five years.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew faster than normal this week.  Twitter gained 385 new followers, now at 5,782.  Facebook has 960 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,987 followers.  YouTube has 406 subscribers. 


Thursday, March 30, 2017

FirstNet Partners with AT&T to Build Wireless Broadband Network for America’s First Responders

Earlier today at the Department of Commerce headquarters, Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the selection of AT&T to build the First Responder network, the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders.

About the award

This contract award marks a significant investment in the communications infrastructure that public safety desperately needs for day-to-day operations, disaster response and recovery, and securing large events.

The high-speed network will be deployed specifically for the millions of public safety users in all 50 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, including those serving rural communities and tribal lands. The network will modernize first responders’ communications and deliver specialized features that are not available to them on wireless networks today.

At the event, FirstNet was joined by Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, who said, “We are honored to work with FirstNet to build a network for America’s police, firefighters and EMS that is second to none. This is an unprecedented public-private investment in infrastructure that makes America a leader and public safety a national priority.”

As FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson noted in our news release, “This public-private partnership is a major step forward for the public safety community as we begin building the broadband network they fought for and deserve. FirstNet and AT&T will deliver high-speed connectivity to help millions of first responders operate faster, safer, and more effectively when lives are on the line.”

Agreement terms

The following are high-level terms of the 25-year agreement announced today between FirstNet and AT&T:

·         FirstNet will provide 20 MHz of high-value, telecommunications spectrum and success-based payments of $6.5 billion over the next five years to support the Network buildout – FirstNet’s funding was raised from previous FCC spectrum auctions;

·         AT&T will spend about $40 billion over the life of the contract to build, deploy, operate and maintain the network, with a focus on ensuring robust coverage for public safety;

·         Additionally, AT&T will connect FirstNet users to the company’s telecommunications network assets, valued at more than $180 billion.

This unique partnership brings together FirstNet, public safety and a global technology team with a proven track record and commitment to the public safety community. Together, FirstNet and AT&T will move with precision and urgency to deliver this much-needed infrastructure to first responders.

Learn more and help spread the word

Announcement resources are available on our website, including:

·         FirstNet’s news release

·         The award infographic

·         Frequently asked questions


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - March 27, 2017

FirstNet News

·         The FirstNet Board will convene a special meeting via teleconference tomorrow, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. EDT. Members of the public may listen to the open meeting by dialing in toll-free at 1-877-960-9067 (Passcode: 2095167#).

 

·         Information about FirstNet’s planned SPOC and PSAC webinars is forthcoming this week as it is confirmed.

 

·         The Washington OneNet video "Shots Fired", about a shooting incident in April 2015 at North Thurston High School in Lacey, premiered in Seattle last Thursday. Washington SPOC Shelley Westall and FirstNet staff participated in a panel discussion on FirstNet after the screening.

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 49 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with a meeting in American Samoa last week. In addition, FirstNet held a Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) training session in Pago Pago the same day.

 

·         FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis and FirstNet staff presented on FirstNet at the Center for Public Safety Excellence Conference on Friday in Garden Grove, California. The event drew a record number of public safety leaders, and attendees at the FirstNet breakout session were very engaged, with discussion focusing on the FirstNet timeline, costs, and security.

 

·         FirstNet staff also presented to the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Tribal Nations Training Week conference in Anniston, Alabama last week. The CDP (which is under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)) brought together representatives from over 40 tribes. Attendees to the FirstNet session engaged in robust discussion on the history of FirstNet, the Governor’s decision process, and how FirstNet uses tribal data.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in a Special FirstNet Board Meeting via teleconference; the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada; an FCC Region 19 700/800MHz Committee meeting in Windsor Locks, Connecticut; a Civilian Agencies Council meeting in Reston, Virginia; the Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association Conference in Tulsa; a FirstNet listening session with Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota tribes in Bayfield, Wisconsin; a listening session with the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Russell, Wisconsin; the Pennsylvania APCO Conference in Lancaster; and the 34th Annual Government Information Technology Executive Council Summit in Annapolis, Maryland.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: FirstNet @IWCE Expo 2017: Sharing the future of public safety communications.

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 3/24: FirstNet reschedules special board meeting for March 28, vote for AT&T procurement win still expected

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-reschedules-special-board-meeting-march-28-vote-att-procurement-win-still-expe

FirstNet today announced that its board will conduct a special meeting next Tuesday—a day earlier than previously announced—when a vote is expected to set the stage for AT&T to be awarded with a 25-year deal to deploy and maintain the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

 

The Lakeland Times 3/24: FirstNet opens door for interoperability in public safety

http://www.lakelandtimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=9&SubSectionID=9&ArticleID=34672

In 2012, the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) was tasked with creating a private communications network for public safety personnel. The network needs to offer nationwide cellular data for emergency services and enhance interoperability among jurisdictions. That network is now known as First Responders Authority Network (FirstNet) and five years later, it's closing in on becoming a reality.

 

Q-13 FOX 3/23: Documentary about North Thurston High shooting shares lessons learned

http://q13fox.com/2017/03/23/north-thurston-hs-shooting-documentary-shares-lessons-learned/

The other lesson from the film is all about communication. In the documentary you learn staff only had two cellphones and a radio. So the push now…“Having a broadband dedicated opportunity for first responders that no one else in on that they can utilize and communicate with everyone around them,” said Olson.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew faster than normal this week.  Twitter gained 92 new followers, now at 5,397.  Facebook has 791 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,914 followers.  YouTube has 390 subscribers.