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Monday, July 27, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 27,2015

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet has posted an updated Special Notice and Draft RFP Documents FAQ on the resources page of its website.  The deadline for comments and capability statements is today, 7/27.

·         Last week, FirstNet conducted the Georgia and Tennessee initial consultation meetings. We also attended and presented at the North Carolina Police Executive Association Conference.  Federal activities included a FirstNet-hosted federal agency data collection webinar and a consultation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Secret Service.

·         This week, FirstNet will conduct the California initial consultation meeting and attend and present at the Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute Board Meeting.  Federal activities include consultations with DHS/Federal Protective Services,  DHS/Transportation Security Administration and DHS/United States Coast Guard.

·         Check the recent FirstNet blog for a recap of important information and dates, as well as the presentation slides from the quarterly SPOC webinar held 7/9.

·         To date, FirstNet has held 42 consultation meetings involving more than 2,600 public safety representatives.  There are 11 additional initial state consultation meetings scheduled for later this year: Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa (8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/15), CNMI (10/20), Guam (10/22) and Oklahoma (10/28).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         State and local 911 professionals, Federal agency representatives and other 911 stakeholders will participate in a “State of 911” webinar and question and answer session, presented by the National 911 Program, Tuesday, August 11th from 12-1pm Eastern Time. This webinar will feature a presentation by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), to discuss their recently-published paper: FirstNet and NG9-1-1:  High-Level Overview of Systems and Functionality. Interested parties may register for the webinar here.

·         The Public Safety Grade and User Equipment task teams will be conducting conference calls this week to continue work on their respective assignments.

·         FirstNet will join Tennessee on 8/5-6 at its statewide interoperability conference in Franklin.  The Tennessee Consolidated Network for Emergency Communications and Technology (TN-CNECT) is bringing together all divisions of public safety to engage at this event

 

 

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.

 

Traditional Media

FirstNet media coverage was moderate this week, with some media sources leveraging FirstNet blog entries to develop articles on data collection, consultation, and technology developments.

 

FirstNet Plans Second Round of State Consultation Meetings

http://www.radioresourcemag.com/newsArticle.cfm?news_id=12361

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is planning a second round of consultation meetings expected to begin in 2016, FirstNet announced during a single points of contact (SPOC) webinar.

 

IEEE Communications Society: Feature Topic: Call for Papers

http://www.comsoc.org/commag/cfp/critical-communications-and-public-safety-networks

For example, the US Government has created in 2012 an authority to establish a national public safety broadband network called FirstNet; short for First Responders Network. The standards organizations and stakeholders in developing narrowband technologies have indicated that their future strategy is to evolve into LTE-based solutions for public safety systems.

 

FirstNet developing base stations for police cars, but deployment still several years away

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/firstnet-developing-base-stations-police-cars-deployment-still-several-year/2015-07-23

FirstNet, which has been tasked with building a nationwide LTE network for emergency workers, is working to create portable cellular base stations that can ride inside police cars and other vehicles, thereby allowing emergency workers to quickly and easily deploy wireless networks in remote areas.

 

Connect Iowa Blog: FirstNet Addresses Vertical Location

http://www.connectiowa.org/blog/post/firstnet-addresses-vertical-location

Acting Chief Technology Officer of FirstNet (the First Responder Network Authority), Jeff Bratcher, explains vertical location and how FirstNet is addressing this issue.

 

Web and Social Media

The Georgia and Tennessee consultations were topics of discussion over social media by first responders in those states.  The Georgia meeting led to several new followers for the FirstNet twitter account, including Emergency Management Agencies from Fulton County and Macon, GA. Twitter now has 2,465 followers; LinkedIn 835 users; Google+ 49 users; and YouTube 137 subscribers. 

 

FirstNet posted 4 blog entries over the past week on topics including the New Mexico initial consultation, the SPOC quarterly webinar, and a spotlight on the Maine single point of contact, Lisa Leahy. All blog posts can be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 


Monday, July 20, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 20, 2015

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet is pleased to present a new video on the data collection effort that is to be completed initially by September 30.  We developed this video to review the key elements of data collection and explain its importance to FirstNet and public safety agencies at all levels of government.  Thanks to Todd Early, Texas SPOC, and Randell Harris, Information Technology Manager for Quinault Indian Nation and PSAC Tribal Working Group member, for appearing in the video to discuss data collection in the States and Tribal Nations.

·         Last week, FirstNet conducted the Illinois and Alabama initial consultation meetings. We also attended and presented at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Association of Government Accountant’s Conference.

·         This week, FirstNet will attend and present at the North Carolina Police Executive Association Conference.  Federal activities include a FirstNet-hosted federal agency data collection webinar and a consultation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Secret Service.

·         FirstNet will be in Georgia on 7/21 and Tennessee on 7/23 for initial state consultation meetings. To date, FirstNet has held 40 consultation meetings involving more than 2,400 public safety representatives.  There are 12 additional initial state consultation meetings scheduled for later this year: California (7/28-30), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa (8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/15), CNMI (10/20), Guam (10/22) and Oklahoma (10/28).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker.

·         FirstNet is accepting applications for the following area leads (4 positions); the announcements close today, July 20:

Supervisory Communications Program Specialist (ZA-0301-05)

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Location Negotiable After Selection

DEU vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2015-0186

MAP vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2015-0179

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         Last week, conference calls were held with the Early Builder Working Group (EBWG) and the Public Safety Grade Task Team to continue work on their respective taskings.

·         The July monthly regional calls are being replaced by individual calls with all 56 states and territories focused on specifics about data collection progress and outreach.  Our goal is to obtain a better understanding of the efforts in each state and territory, answer questions, identify potential issues, and continue towards our goals of folding stakeholder user data into our upcoming Request for Proposals and the state plans that will follow.

 

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.

 

Traditional Media

The media coverage of FirstNet this week involved state and local activities related to planning for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

 

Urgent Communications:  LA-RICS Works Toward September Public-safety LTE Deadline, Opponents Still Claim RF-Emissions Danger

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/la-rics-works-toward-september-public-safety-lte-deadline-opponents-

There is a lot of work to be done, but the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) still plans to complete the deployment of its public-safety LTE system by the end of September, although the project continues to receive opposition from groups claiming dangers from radio-frequency (RF) emissions.

 

FierceMobileGov: FirstNet Helping to Develop Mobile Communications Systems as Part of Nationwide Network

http://www.fiercemobilegovernment.com/story/firstnet-helping-develop-mobile-communications-systems-part-nationwide-netw/2015-07-14

The organization behind a national effort to build an interoperable broadband communications network for police, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders is also looking to develop mobile systems that would provide temporary coverage for emergency personnel when they're outside the network.

 

SCV News-CA: The Next Step in Communications for County’s First Responders

http://scvnews.com/2015/07/12/the-next-step-in-communications-for-countys-first-responders/

A new public safety broadband data network is poised to dramatically enhance law enforcement communications and radically improve policing overall.

 

Web and Social Media

The FirstNet social media communications channels continue to grow steadily.  The FirstNet Twitter account continues to expand rapidly, this week gaining more than 40 followers, with a total of 2,427 followers; LinkedIn 816 users; Google+ 49 users; and YouTube 132 subscribers. 

 

As discussed above, FirstNet released a new video to review the key elements of data collection and explain its importance to FirstNet and public safety agencies at all levels of government.  The video included Todd Early, Texas SPOC, and Randell Harris, Information Technology Manager for Quinault Indian Nation.  View the video at www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/firstnet-video-blog-data-collection.

 

FirstNet also published several blog posts this week, including the state consultation report from South Carolina and one from the FirstNet Office of the Chief Technology Officer on the Mobile Communications Unit (MCU) and its role in incident deployment and coverage extension options.  The MCU blog was covered by several media outlets.  All blog posts can be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.


Monday, July 13, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 13, 2015

FirstNet News

·         We held the quarterly SPOC webinar on 7/9, with topics of discussion including updates on our acquisition process and roadmap milestones, an overview of the second and third notices for public comment, and data collection/consultation planning and milestones.  Participants included representatives from forty-one states and territories.  The presentation deck is available on the FirstNet website.

·         Last week, FirstNet conducted the North Dakota and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initial consultation meetings. We also attended and presented at the FEMA Region 4 – Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group meeting and at the Oregon City/County Management Association (OCCMA) Summer Conference.

·         This week, FirstNet will attend and present at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference.

·         FirstNet will be in Illinois on 7/14 and Alabama on 7/15 for initial state consultation meetings.  Thirty-eight consultation meetings have been held to date involving more than 2,200 public safety representatives.  There are 14 additional initial state consultation meetings scheduled for later this year: Georgia (7/21), Tennessee (7/23), California (7/28-30), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa (8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/15), Oklahoma (10/7), CNMI (10/20), and Guam (10/22).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker.

 

News from the PSAC, States and Territories

·         Last week, conference calls were held with the PSAC Executive Committee and the Tribal Working Group (TWG).  This week, the Early Builder Working Group (EBWG) will have a conference call.

·         FirstNet presented to the Board of Advisors of the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) in Bismarck, North Dakota on 7/10.  The chairmen and chairwoman of six of the seven tribes located in the state were present.  Earlier in the week, a number of meetings with different divisions of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe were held.

·         The July monthly regional calls are being replaced by individual calls with all fifty-six states and territories focused on specifics about data collection progress and outreach.  Our goal is to obtain a better understanding of the efforts in each state and territory, answer questions, identify potential issues, and continue towards our goals of folding stakeholder user data into our upcoming RFP and the state plans that will follow.

 

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.

 

Traditional Media

There was steady media coverage this week of FirstNet and some state and local activities related to planning for the NPSBN. 

 

Urgent Communications: FirstNet responses to draft-RFP queries provide some insight into potential plans, leave many questions unanswered

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-responses-draft-rfp-queries-provide-some-insight-potential-plans-leave-many-qu

FirstNet releases 217 pages of responses to 666 questions associated with its draft RFP documents, largely reiterating its openness to myriad approaches that would address the organization’s public-safety broadband mission, while acknowledging that decisions have not yet been made in several key areas that could impact the economics of potential bids.

 

Law Officer: Next Generation Interoperability with LA-RICS

http://www.lawofficer.com/articles/print/volume-11/issue-60/features/next-generation-interoperability-with-la-rics.html

Could FirstNet smartphones replace MDCs under LA-RICS? A new public safety broadband data network is poised to dramatically enhance law enforcement communications and radically improve policing overall.

 

FirstNet NC Blog: NC APCO President Ellis Frazier on FirstNet in the PSAP

http://fnnc.weskingnc.com/nc-apco-president-ellis-frazier-on-firstnet-in-the-psap/

This blog post is part of a new series where we discuss some of the specifics of FirstNet and how data connectivity is going to affect the way that emergency responders save and protect lives. Ellis Frazier is the president of NC APCO and has been with the organization for 13 years. He also has had a 24 year career as a communicator. Currently, he is the ENP Communications Director for Yadkin County.

 

Web and Social Media

The FirstNet social media communications channels continue to grow steadily.  The FirstNet Twitter account continues to expand rapidly, this week gaining more than 40 new followers for a total of 2,415; LinkedIn 808 users; Google+ 49 users; and YouTube 129 subscribers.  The North Dakota consultation received considerable attention over twitter, as did state planning activities in Maryland and Maine.

 

FirstNet published several blog posts this week including the state consultation report from New York.  The prior week’s blog post by Jeff Bratcher, FirstNet Acting Chief Technology Officer, about Indoor Location Technologies, continued to receive many views and discussion over social media .  All blog posts can be accessed through the FirstNet blog landing page at www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 


Monday, July 06, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 6, 2015

FirstNet News

·         On 6/30, the FirstNet RFP team released the fourth batch of answers to questions received on the Special Notice and draft RFP documents.  In all, FirstNet received 670 questions from 52 entities about the draft RFP and special notice. All documents, including a Consolidated Set of Q&As are available on the FedBizOpps.Gov website.

·         We’re preparing for the quarterly SPOC webinar to be held this Thursday, 7/9 from 2:00-3:30 pm EDT.  The previous Outlook invitation was updated with the meeting link and teleconference bridge number.  Key topics include updates on the Strategic Program Roadmap, the acquisition process, the Second and Third public notices, and data collection, with a preview of SPOC engagement through the remainder of the year.  

·         Last week, members of the FirstNet Board and staff leadership participated in a series of activities at two major trade association annual conferences:  the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) annual conference in Baltimore, MD and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) annual conference in Denver, CO.  At NSA, FirstNet Board member Richard Stanek briefed the full NSA Executive Committee on FirstNet's progress.  FirstNet also hosted a symposium for conference attendees led by FirstNet Board member Richard Stanek, Acting Executive Director TJ Kennedy, Texas Department of Public Safety Assistant Director and SPOC, Todd Early, and Los Angeles Sheriffs’ Department (LASD) Commander Scott Edson.  At NENA, FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson delivered remarks to about 2,000 attendees during the general session and met separately with the NENA Executive Board. FirstNet participated in a panel discussion the next day discussing Next Generation 911 and FirstNet synergies.

·         Two federal consultation meetings were held last week with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The meeting with DOD was the first of several engagements.  The FEMA Disaster Emergency Communications Division (DEC)  meeting looked at public safety broadband as the natural progression of technological capabilities that DEC would potentially provide to local, state, tribal and federal agencies for communications restoration post-disaster. In addition to the consultation meetings, the FirstNet team also had an opportunity to meet with the DHS Office of State and Local Law Enforcement, Assistant Secretary Heather Fong to provide an update on FirstNet.

·         This week FirstNet will be in North Dakota on 7/9 for the initial state consultation meeting.  Thirty-seven consultation meetings have been held to date involving more than 2,000 public safety representatives. There are 17 initial state consultation meetings scheduled for later this year. Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: North Dakota (7/9), Illinois (7/14), Alabama (7/15), Georgia (7/21), Tennessee (7/23), California (7/28-29), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa ( 8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/15), Oklahoma (10/7), CNMI (10/20), and Guam (10/22).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker

News from the States, Territories, and PSAC Associations

·         There are now 567 federally recognized tribes.  Following a decades long effort, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs announced Thursday that the Pamunkey tribe’s quest for recognition has been approved, making the tribe of Pocahontas the first in Virginia to receive the coveted designation. Six other Virginia tribes are seeking recognition through an act of Congress.  Read more from the Washington Post story here.

·         The state of Maine has launched a new website for education and outreach

 

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.

 

Traditional Media

This week’s media coverage focused heavily on the NENA conference in Denver, with stories about the need for coordination and interconnectivity between NG-911 systems and the FirstNet network.  In addition, there were some stories about state planning for FirstNet and the release of more responses to questions on the draft RFP.

 

Maine’s FirstNet Program Launches a New Educational Website

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/maines-firstnet-program-launches-a-new-educational-website-2015-06-26

FirstNetME, a statewide program focused on preparing Maine for the design, deployment and operation of the nation’s first dedicated high-speed wireless broadband network for public safety, is pleased to announce the launch of their new website.

 

TR Daily: FirstNet Releases More Draft RFP Answers 

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today released the third batch of answers to questions concerning the draft request for proposals (RFP) and special notice it released in April (TRDaily, April 27).  Today’s tranche included answers to questions 283 through 516. In all, FirstNet received 670 questions from 52 entities about the draft RFP and special notice, including in writing and during an industry day held last month (TRDaily, May 14).  As with the first two batches that were released, the questions for FirstNet publicized today were all over the map in terms of information that parties were seeking, including questions about the number of expected public safety users, the leasing of excess capacity, payments to or from FirstNet, most-favored pricing, opt-out of states, and a competitive market for services. 

 

Web and Social Media

The FirstNet social media communications channels continue to grow steadily.  The FirstNet Twitter account now has 2,386 followers; LinkedIn 799 users; Google+ 48 users; and YouTube 128 subscribers.  Twitter followers saw the most growth from last week. FirstNet published a blog about the CTO team’s work on the “Z axis” issue for first responders. This blog was picked up and developed into two news stories (FierceWireless and Communications Daily) and received considerable attention over social media (notably Twitter and LinkedIn).


Monday, June 29, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 29, 2015

FirstNet News

·         The FirstNet RFP team continues to review and respond to the more than 670 questions received on the Special Notice and draft RFP documents.  The team posted 234 responses on Friday, June 26, which brings the total number of answers posted to 516.  Additional information, including the links to the Q&A, is available on the FirstNet blog http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/firstnet-moving-quickly-answer-650-questions-special-notice-draft-rfp-documents.

·         Last week FirstNet met with several federal partners on various grant planning and policy issues, including the DHS Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the interagency Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC), which includes Federal Departments and Agencies with emergency communications programs. FirstNet also participated in the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association Conference in Milwaukee, and in two separate meetings in Utah with their governing board in Salt Lake City, and a workshop for local stakeholders in Richland.

·         This week FirstNet will be participating in the National Sheriff’s Association Conference in Baltimore June 27-30, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Annual Conference in Denver June 30 - July 1, and a webinar for the Association for College & University Technology Advancement on June 30.

·         Two federal consultations are scheduled for this week with DHS/FEMA (July 1) and DOD (July 2). 

·         Thirty-seven state consultation meetings have been held to date (no meetings were held this past week). There are 14 initial state consultation meetings scheduled for later this summer. We have received a total of 53 completed state and territory initial consultation checklists.  Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: North Dakota (7/9), Illinois (7/14), Alabama (7/15), Georgia (7/21), Tennessee (7/23), California (7/28-29), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa ( 8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9), Arizona (9/15), CNMI (10/20), and Guam (10/22).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker

·         The July 9 FirstNet Quarterly SPOC webinar is scheduled for 2:00-3:30 pm eastern.  The agenda will include an update on our acquisition process, the recent public notices, and some key information related to our data collection efforts.

 

News from the States, Territories, and Associations

 

·         On Thursday, June 25th, we hosted an optional webinar featuring the state of Texas eLearning platform and two on line courses:  Introduction to Public Safety Broadband and the Tutorial for the Mobile Data Survey Tool.  The comments and questions for the Texas team generated a good discussion around motivating individuals to learn about the nationwide public safety broadband network (including continuing education credits for responders), and making it easy to provide information for the current FirstNet data collection effort.  Our thanks again to Todd Early, the Texas SPOC, Lesia Dickson, Texas Outreach and Education Coordinator, and the entire Texas team for their offer to share this information.  Texas also acknowledged the partnerships from Texas A&M Engineering Extension, the Department of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Communications, and finally, NTIA and the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) for funding the project.

·         FirstNet is looking for other examples of data collection strategies to share.  Please contact datacollection@firstnet.gov with suggestions or offers for similar future forums.

 

 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.

 

Traditional Media 

The Colorado Statesman: Hudson: Local Governments Grapple With Boosting Broadband

http://www.coloradostatesman.com/content/995819-hudson-local-governments-grapple-boosting-broadband

At the same time Colorado communities are scrambling to connect to the fiber optic backbones that parallel many of the state’s major highways, the Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Department of Safety are exploring the FirstNet Public Safety Broadband Network that the U. S. Department of Commerce is attempting to deploy nationally. Assigned its own reserved band of cellular spectrum, FirstNet can guarantee public safety responders access to a reliable channel for high-speed data.

 

Missouri Farmer Today: Organizations Expand Broadband

http://www.missourifarmertoday.com/news/organizations-expand-broadband/article_393f6736-1471-11e5-854b-f37034788a15.html

Development of a public safety broadband service known as FirstNet could lend momentum to the rural sector, Bliss said.

 

Emergency Management: Without Trust, FirstNet Won't Be Successful

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/FirstNetmustestablishtrust.html

Trust is the most fundamental element of any relationship, be it in business, government or your personal life. Without trust there will be no connection and certainly no success.

 

Web and Social Media
The FirstNet social media communications channels continue to grow steadily.  The FirstNet Twitter account now has 2,360 followers; LinkedIn 794 users; Google+ 48 users; and YouTube 128 subscribers.  FirstNet released a new
video featuring several SPOCs discussing planning for consultation meetings.  The video has received positive reviews from stakeholders and can be viewed at: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/firstnet-state-spocs-discuss-best-practices-planning-initial-consultation-meetingTwo blog entries were published that addressed FirstNet and gained attention over social media:

 

Geek Wire: Q&A: Former Seattle CTO Bill Schrier on the Outlook for Municipal Broadband

http://www.geekwire.com/2015/qa-former-seattle-cto-bill-schrier-on-the-outlook-for-municipal-broadband/

Our guest on the latest GeekWire radio show was Bill Schrier, the former CTO for the City of Seattle and current state point of contact for FirstNet, a $7 billion program passed by Congress to build a nationwide wireless network for first responders.

 

CATO Institute Blog: President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing

http://www.cato.org/blog/president-obamas-task-force-21st-century-policing

President Obama’s Task Force is now recommending a host of actions to expand the role of the federal government even further…The Federal Government should make the development and building of segregated radio and increased bandwidth by FirstNet for exclusive use by local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies a top priority.