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Monday, September 26, 2016

Wisconsin Public Safety Broadband (WiPSB) September Newsletter

The Wisconsin Public Safety Broadband Project is happy to announce the publication of our first newsletter!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - September 26, 2016

FirstNet News

         FirstNet was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last week for the National Association of State EMS Officialsí (NASEMSO) Fall 2016 Meeting. FirstNet Board members Sue Swenson and Kevin McGinnis led a meeting and discussion with the NASEMSO Board of Directors. Kevin also presented alongside outgoing NASEMSO President and PSAC member Paul Patrick during a break out session, focusing their remarks on the FirstNet State Plan process and ensuring that EMS stakeholders are active participants. NASEMSO also considered and approved a resolution of support for FirstNet.

 

         Also last week at the Competitive Carriers Association Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington, FirstNet Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth presented an update on FirstNet to an audience of vendors from across the wireless industry. FirstNet also hosted a booth at the conference for the first time. Most attendees were aware of basic information about FirstNet, and their interest focused on FirstNet's timeline.

 

         Last Tuesday, FirstNet also participated in the National Association of State Chief Information Officersí (NASCIO) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Justin Shore from Government Affairs led a FirstNet roundtable discussion that focused on FirstNet's timeline, revenue reinvestment questions, and the Governor's decision. The various Chief Information Officers in attendance were interested in learning more about their roles and responsibilities in regards to FirstNet.

 

         On Tuesday, FirstNet attended the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) Annual Conference in Austin, Texas for a session on the future of public safety communications. PSAC member Barry Fraser moderated a panel and provided information on the PSAC and its taskings. Senior Fire Services Advisor Mike Worrell provided a FirstNet update and discussed how first responders will interact with Smart City technology. Todd Early, the Texas SPOC, talked about lessons learned from the Harris County Early Builder project, and Mike Lynch, a representative from Boston, discussed congestion on the city's networks after the Boston Marathon Bombing.

 

         FirstNet also participated in the Emergency Communication Preparedness Center (ECPC) Steering Committee meeting on Thursday.  PSAC Chair Harlin McEwen provided updates on the PSAC and the establishment of the Federal Working Group. Federal Consultation Lead Chris Algiere provided a summary of FirstNetís activities over the past quarter and gave a more detailed update on recent federal stakeholder engagements, such as the Federal Border Forum. These discussions further solidified the ECPC and FirstNet relationship and FirstNet intends to provide additional updates at future steering and executive committee meetings.

 

         FirstNet has now completed 42 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings, with meetings in Indiana and Texas last week. On Tuesday, FirstNet consulted with the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission (Commission), as well as members of the State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), in Indianapolis. FirstNet discussed the Commissionís role in ensuring that the Governor has the right information to make an informed decision, as well as local training. Harlin McEwen spoke for a few minutes on the PSAC and described the work that public safety has done to help make FirstNet a reality. Also on Tuesday, FirstNet met with the Texas Interoperable Communications Coalition (TxICC) during their Tenth Annual Texas Statewide Communications Strategic Planning Conference in Austin. The discussion focused on the incorporation of the lessons learned during the buildout and deployment of the Harris County Early Builder project into the FirstNet Network, FirstNetís revenue reinvestment requirements, and the device ecosystem.

 

         FirstNet also held two Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meetings last week. FirstNet met with Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) members on Tuesday, providing an overview of QPP and details on FirstNetís efforts to collect stakeholder feedback to inform network policies. On Thursday, FirstNet met with the Hawaii Statewide Communications Interoperability Program Group. The discussion focused on provisioning and customizing QPP profiles, network architecture, and triggers and thresholds that would prompt the network to shift among network states.

 

         Last week, FirstNet was also in Lemoore, California and presented at the National Tribal Emergency Management Conference (NTEMC).  Members of the SPOC teams from California, Montana, Texas, and Washington joined the tribal liaison team for fully one-third of the agenda by offering updates and discussions, including a three-hour QPP presentation.  This trip was followed by an in-state meeting with tribal leaders from Utah.

 

         FirstNet posted four blog entries this past week: Data and Technology are Key Weapons when Fighting Wildland Fires; FirstNetís PSAC Adds Two Federal Members to its Ranks; and Ensuring Coordinated Responses to Man Made and Natural Disasters, the latest in the series 10 ways FirstNet will help public safety save lives and secure communities. All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

         This week, FirstNet will be participating in an Alabama Governance Body Meeting in Montgomery; the West Virginia Statewide Interoperable Radio Network Conference in Kingwood; a National Public Safety Telecommunications Council meeting in Washington, DC; the National Emergency Management Association Annual Forum in Chicago, Illinois; reservation visits to all nine tribes in South Dakota; presenting at the annual fall convention of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), hosted by the Tulalip Tribes (Washington); and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Public Meetings in Helena (Montana), Madison (Wisconsin), Salt Lake City (Utah), and Springfield (Illinois).

 

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 Governmentís control.

 

Calibre Press 9/23: FirstNet Gets New Senior Law Enforcement Advisor

https://www.calibrepress.com/2016/09/firstnet-gets-new-senior-law-enforcement-advisor/

34-year veteran of LAPD Mike Bostic joins the team to improve public safety communications. Chief Bostic has been an advocate for FirstNetís vision since even before there was a FirstNet. He spent 34 years in the Los Angeles Police Department before starting a second career in the telecommunications industry.

 

Cal State Long Beach 9/13: Creating Connections: EMER Professor Margaret Muhr

http://www.ccpe.csulb.edu/ContinuingEd/blog/default.aspx?postNum=160

As a liaison, Muhr travels extensively throughout Native American reservations, informing tribes about the FirstNet program and listening to their issues and concerns in terms of how to use the new system.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNetís social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained more than 35 new followers, now at 4,242.  Facebook has 434 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,689 followers.  YouTube has 329 subscribers. 
Monday, September 19, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - September 19, 2016

FirstNet News

         The PSAC Executive Committee (EC) held their annual in-person meeting on Wednesday at FirstNet's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Boulder facility. FirstNet Chief Customer Officer (CCO) Rich Reed and CTO Jeff Bratcher joined them to discuss consultation and outreach updates and the role of the CCO as it relates to the future of the PSAC. The EC and the CCO discussed topics for two soon-to-be announced PSAC task teams, activities of the Early Builders Working Group (EBWG), the Tribal Working Group (TWG), and the new Federal Working Group (FWG). On Thursday and Friday, the TWG also held their semi-annual in-person meeting. Rich Reed discussed tribal input to State Plans and the Governorís decision. Members discussed tribal outreach strategies for the TWG and FirstNet to employ as State Plans begin to take shape.

 

         FirstNet has now completed 40 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with a meeting in New York last week. FirstNet consulted with the New York State Interoperable & Emergency Communication Board on Tuesday at the Harriman State Campus in Albany. Discussion addressed the specifics of opting in versus opting out, user fees, and the potential for local jurisdictions that might not be high priority to work proactively with FirstNet to speed deployment or improve coverage in their areas.

 

         The FirstNet Federal Consultation team has begun solicitation for PSAC FWG nominees from the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Interior, and Justice. Agency Points of Contact have been provided information on nomination criteria for members with public safety operational backgrounds. The goal is to reach a quorum of representation within the next 30 Ė 45 days.

 

         FirstNet posted four blog entries this past week: Focusing Federal Consultation Along the Southwest Border; National Preparedness Month 2016; The Content Corner: Using Social Media to Promote, Enhance Preparedness for the Public We Serve; and FirstNet to provide reliability and security when disaster strikes, the latest in the series 10 ways FirstNet will help public safety save lives and secure communities. All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

         On Thursday, FirstNet attended the first Ohio 9-1-1 Symposium in Columbus, which was hosted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. FirstNet conducted a presentation entitled "FirstNet & NG9-1-1: The Future of End-To-End Public Safety Communications" alongside the Ohio FirstNet team.

 

         FirstNet was also in the Dakotas last week talking with emergency managers from across the two states at the concurrent North Dakota Emergency Managers Association Conference in Bismarck and South Dakota Emergency Managers Association Conference in Aberdeen, as well as attending a meeting of the North Dakota Association of Chiefs of Police. Together with the statesí SPOC teams, FirstNet presented on the mission and progress of FirstNet, how FirstNet will serve public safety, and how agencies can participate in network planning today.

 

         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the National Association of State EMS Officials Fall 2016 Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Annual Conference in Austin, Texas; an East Central Pennsylvania Task Force Regional Meeting; the 2016 Dakota 9-1-1 Conference in Spearfish, South Dakota; the California EMS Administrators Conference in San Diego; the Competitive Carriers Association Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington; State Governance Body Meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana and Austin, Texas; the Illinois State Ambulance Association Conference in Peoria; the Michigan Association of Public Safety Communications Officials Fall Conference in Tustin; the Pennsylvania EMS Conference in Lancaster; the Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference in Chicago; a Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs meeting in Richmond; the Next Generation 9-1-1 Roundtable in Baltimore, Maryland; a Utah Tribal Leaders Association Meeting in Orem; the International City/County Management Association 102nd Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri; a GETS/WPS Team Forum in Falls Church, Virginia; Emergency Communications Preparedness Center Steering Committee Meeting in Arlington, Virginia; and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Public Meetings in Bismarck (North Dakota), Cheyenne (Wyoming), Denver (Colorado), and Pierre (South Dakota).

 

         Mark your calendars! The Fall 2016 SPOC Meeting has been scheduled for November 16-17, 2016 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Scottsdale in Phoenix, Arizona. Additional details 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 Governmentís control.

 

Journal of Emergency Medical Services 9/13: How to Be Ready for FirstNet When FirstNet Is Ready for Us

http://www.jems.com/articles/2016/09/how-to-be-ready-for-firstnet-when-firstnet-is-ready-for-us.html

Ramping up to be FirstNet ready certainly sounds like a good idea, but how and when should fire departments begin making investments in the technology that will be able to leverage FirstNet? Mesa Fire/Medical Department has already started to lay the groundwork to be ready for FirstNet when FirstNet is ready for us. By taking advantage of opportunities in our ongoing cycle replacement of connected devices and proactively working with the City of Mesaís Information Technology Department well ahead of any political or departmental mandates, we have already purchased and installed some of the hardware needed to utilize FirstNet on our front-line fire apparatus.

Cal State Long Beach 9/13: Creating Connections: EMER Professor Margaret Muhr

As a liaison, Muhr travels extensively throughout Native American reservations, informing tribes about the FirstNet program and listening to their issues and concerns in terms of how to use the new system.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNetís social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained more than 40 new followers, now at 4,206.  Facebook has 422 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,682 followers.  YouTube has 329 subscribers. 


Monday, September 12, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - September 12, 2016

FirstNet News

         FirstNet was in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week to participate in several events held in conjunction with the CTIA Ė The Wireless Associationís Super Mobility 2016. CEO Mike Poth gave a FirstNet update on Thursday as one of a number of educational sessions at the Rural Wireless Summit, which offers education and networking events on the rural wireless industry. He discussed FirstNetís timeline and the rural benchmarks built into the RFP. Director of Government Affairs Ed Parkinson presented Wednesday during a session on FirstNet and Next Generation 9-1-1 at Wireless U., a two-day policy and technology seminar for state legislators. He presented an overview of FirstNet, as well as the anticipated timeline and potential role of state legislatures regarding the Governors opt-in/out decision.

 

         FirstNet began a new series of video blogs last week, titled Looking Back and Looking Forward: The Future of Public Safety Communications in the Post 9/11 Era. In addition to the initial post, FirstNet posted three blog entries from the series: Vlog: A Broadband Network Will Enable Public Safety to Work ďUnthrottledĒ; Rick Bartee On The Benefits of Data for Search and Rescue; and Chad Weber on How Public Safety Broadband Can Help Rural Law Enforcement. FirstNet posted one additional blog last week: IAFC Passes Resolution in Support of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

         FirstNet has now completed 39 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with a meeting in Florida last week with the FloridaNet Executive Committee in Tallahassee. Primary discussion topics included the definition of local coverage, costs, the governorís decision, and the opt-out timeline.

 

         From the tribal team, Margaret Muhr was in Banning, California on Thursday for a meeting of Southern California Tribal Emergency Managers. Attendees included six tribes, the Morongo Casino, the California Governorís Office of Emergency Servicesí Exercise Division, and representatives from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

 

         This week, FirstNet will be participating in a Federal Communications Commission Region 19 700/800MHz Committee meeting in Kennebunkport, Maine; a New York Governance Body Meeting in Albany; a PSAC Executive Committee meeting and Tribal Working Group meeting in Boulder, Colorado; the Ohio 9-1-1 Symposium in Columbus, Ohio; the South Dakota Emergency Management Association Conference in Aberdeen; the North Dakota Emergency Management Association Annual Conference in Bismarck; a New Hampshire Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting in Concord; and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Public Meetings in Indianapolis (Indiana), Jefferson City (Missouri), Columbus (Ohio), Topeka (Kansas), and Lincoln (Nebraska).

 

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 Governmentís control.

 

Firehouse 9/8: IAFC Votes to Support FirstNet

http://www.firehouse.com/news/12254907/iafc-votes-to-support-firstnet

As the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the IAFC has voted to support the enhancement of communications for responders.

Homeland Security Today 9/8: FirstNet Making Progress Towards Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/industry-news/single-article/firstnet-making-progress-towards-nationwide-public-safety-broadband-network/0f5aca14a80ca697b2ce3f0e24c33946.html

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) took another step closer to the implementation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) with the approval of a budget package for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.  The FirstNet Board approved a $6.585 billion budget to support the award of a Network contract and associated task orders in FY17, including $85 million for FirstNet operations. The $6.5 billion will be paid over the course of the contract as development and operational milestones are achieved.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNetís social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter has 4,172 followers, and Facebook has 404 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,671 followers, and YouTube has 327 subscribers. 


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - September 6, 2016

FirstNet News

         The FirstNet Federal Border Forum (Southwest) wrapped up on August 31st in Phoenix, Arizona.  The two-day event was attended by local, state, tribal and federal public safety stakeholders from the southwest border region.  The Departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, Interior, and Justice were represented.  State and local representatives from Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas also participated, as well as regional tribes from the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, Salt River Pima, Ft. Mojave, Ft. McDowell, Navajo Nation, and Tonoho Oíodam Nation.  Presentation topics included: FirstNet 101; agency operations along the border; Early Builder program updates from New Mexico, Harris County, and LA-RICS; and FirstNet-related technical subjects such as Radio Access Networks, devices, applications, and LTE standards.  As an adjunct to the Federal Border Forum, PSAC Chair Harlin McEwen had an introductory meeting with the recently appointed Chair and Vice-Chair of the PSAC Federal Working Group, who were both in attendance at the Forum.

 

         The Texas Early Builder Program hosted FirstNet staff and stakeholders from Washington State, Oregon, and Idaho for a demonstration of the implementation and use of the network in Harris and Brazos counties last week.  The Port of Houston provided a briefing detailing their operational needs, use of LTE, and past use cases.  The Harris County technical team also provided a system overview and shared lessons learned from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March that are being leveraged in planning for support of the Super Bowl.  Attendees toured the Disaster City training facility in College Station and discussed the use of LTE during exercises.  The team visited the Harris County Core at Texas A&M University and their Public Safety Communication Lab.  The Brazos County Sheriffís Department shared information about their use of the network, including coverage measurement, transition to Band 14, applications, and video management.

 

         FirstNet posted two blog entries last week: VIDEO: Going Social Can Keep The Public Informed, Prepared in Disaster or Emergency, and IAFC FRI 2016 Recap.  All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

         FirstNet held a series of engagements in Guam last week, including a meeting with the Governor, a Governance Body Meeting (now completing 38 Governance Body Meetings), and a Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meeting.  Participants were interested in whether FirstNet would help them avoid roaming charges and achieve interoperability when traveling to other Pacific territories, Hawaii, and the mainland.

 

         The FirstNet tribal team met with three tribes in Montana last week, including the Blackfeet Nation, the Crow Tribe of Montana, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Tribal representatives discussed the issues they face with large swaths of territory without network connectivity, combined with the millions of tourists they see annually to tribal and adjacent areas such as Glacier National Park and the Little Bighorn Battlefield.

 

         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Missouri NENA Conference in Springfield; the Arizona APCO/NENA Conference in Tempe; a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; the East Alabama EMS Chiefs Conference and an Alabama State Emergency Medical Control Committee meeting in Oxford; CTIA Super Mobility 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada; Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement public meetings in St. Paul, Minnesota and Des Moines, Iowa; the PSAC State & Local Focus Group Quarterly Teleconference; the Rural Wireless Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Kentucky Emergency Services Conference in Louisville; a Southern California Tribal Emergency Managers meeting in Banning; the Florida Governance Body Meeting in Tallahassee; a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 9-1-1 Directorís Committee meeting in Washington, DC; and the National Organization of State offices of Rural Health Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

The next in-person SPOC meeting is tentatively scheduled for November 16 and 17 in Phoenix, Arizona.  More information on agenda and lodging is 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 Governmentís control.

 

RCR Wireless 8/31: Understanding FirstNet, the post-9/11 public safety initiative 

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160831/fundamentals/firstnet-tag31-tag99

The First Responder Network Authority is an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration created to provide emergency responders with a nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety.

Homeland Preparedness News 8/31: FirstNet applauds FCC action in planning for Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

https://homelandprepnews.com/government/19606-firstnet-applauds-fcc-action-planning-nationwide-public-safety-broadband-network/

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday for moving forward with two separate items regarding the implementation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNetís social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained almost 50 new followers, now at 4,144.  Facebook has 386 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,663 followers.  YouTube has 323 subscribers.