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Monday, March 02, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - March 2, 2015

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet has launched two new webpages: one for speaker requests and one on the programmatic environmental impact statements. Going forward, please use the speaker request form to request FirstNet presentations at your meetings and conferences.

·         The User Advocacy team conducted the Wyoming initial consultation meeting on February 25.

·         FirstNet completed the February regional SPOC calls with 46 states and territories participating. Discussion has focused on draft data collection activities as well as updates on federal consultation and the upcoming release of the draft RFP and a second public notice. 

·         We conducted tribal outreach, including presentations at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Council Winter Session (ECWS), the Native American Infrastructure Association (NAIA), and Oglala Sioux Tribe, among others. 

·         Federal outreach included a meeting with a cross-section of Department of Justice (DOJ) technicians and operational managers responsible for communications capabilities.  Overall, the FirstNet update was provided with a very high level of interest in the more technical discussions and background provided by CTO.  We participated in a White House working session hosted by DOJ on the proposed structure for the new body camera grant program and attended the ECPC executive committee meeting.

·         Last week, FirstNet also participated in National Emergency Number Association’s (NENA) 9-1-1 Goes to Washington, the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters/Black Chief Officers Committee (BCOC), the NATE Unite 2015 Conference and Exposition, the National States Informational Geographic Council Conference, the Region V Pre-Consultation Meeting and the IACP State Association of Chiefs and Mid-Sized Cities Combined Conference.

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in a California Town Hall, the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) and First Responder Network Security Summit, the Arkansas consultation meeting, the Pennsylvania Southcentral Regional meeting, the National Fire Protection Association Board meeting and the Fraternal Order of Police Board meeting.

·        Joe Martinet joined the FirstNet team as the Director of Devices. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the cellular and satellite telecommunications device development and operations fields. Joe is a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL with a BSEE. Highlights of his time in the private sector include:

o   Technical Director at LightSquared for the first data devices that combined the terrestrial LTE standard and EGAL satellite Qualcomm technologies.

o   Test Director at TerreStar for the successful completion of the first ever satellite VoIP call over GMR1 3G (GSM based) technologies utilizing a standard size smartphone.

o   While at Sprint/Nextel, Joe managed the development and launch of the first ever handsets combining Motorola iDEN PTT with Qualcomm CDMA data and voice technologies.

o   Joe also was a Systems Performance Supervisor and RF Operations Manager earlier in his career at Nextel in Chicago.

·         The consultation schedule and tracker is now on the FirstNet website: http://firstnet.gov/consultation/meetings.

·         Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Arkansas (3/4), Massachusetts (3/12), Nebraska (3/18-3/19), Washington DC (3/26), South Dakota (4/1), Missouri (4/7), New York (4/20), North Carolina (4/23), South Carolina (4/30), West Virginia (5/5), Virgin Islands (5/19), Maine (5/20), Idaho (5/21), New Hampshire (6/9), Ohio (6/11), Vermont (6/16), Kansas (6/17), Wisconsin (6/18), California (6/23-25), Illinois (7/14), Alabama (7/15), Georgia (7/21), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/12), Indiana (8/26) and New Jersey (9/3).

·         To date, FirstNet has received completed consultation checklists from 47 of 56 states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

·         The next FirstNet Board and Committee meetings will be March 24-25 at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Washington, DC.  More information regarding registration and the agenda will be forthcoming.

 

From the States and PSAC Organizations

·         We held kick off calls for the PSAC priority and preemption and public safety grade task teams on 2/26 and 2/27.

·         The PSAC organizations are in the process of providing their recommendations to FirstNet for PSAC representation for the February 2015-2017 term.

 

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
Media coverage was moderate compared to previous weeks, and the FirstNet topics included public notice plans and the three year anniversary of FirstNet being signed into law.  Key stories from this week include: 

Urgent Communications: Three Years After Its Creation, It Is Time for FirstNet to Begin Making Key Decisions

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/three-years-after-its-creation-it-time-firstnet-begin-making-key-decisions

Three years after being established by Congress, FirstNet has not made as much deployment progress as many public-safety and industry officials had hoped. However, most of the main components appear to be in place, so 2015 should see the FirstNet board make key decisions about the much-anticipated nationwide broadband network for first responders.


TR Daily: FirstNet to Look at Public Safety Entity Definition in Further Notice

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) plans to issue another public notice further exploring issues related the definition of public safety entity, a FirstNet official said today at the National Emergency Number Association’s 911 Goes to Washington event.  Vicki Lee, FirstNet’s association manager, said at today’s event that FirstNet plans to issue a public notice that will solely further explore issues and interpretations related to the definition of public safety entity. She said she did not know when the public notice would be released. Regarding a potential stand-alone public notice on the definition of public safety entity, FirstNet spokesman Ryan Oremland told TRDaily later today that it was a "key issue that is under consideration for future public notices.  But there are many factors that will shape the final 'when' and 'what', including FirstNet Board input and approval.”  He also noted that the definition of public safety entity generated the most comments of any issue in response to the first public notice, with 80% of entities mentioning it.


EMS World: Update on the Progress of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

http://www.emsworld.com/article/12047258/update-on-the-progress-of-the-first-responder-network-authority-firstnet

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) represents a sea-change in the way EMS and other public safety entities communicate with one another. And that improved interoperability will lead to faster, more efficient patient care. In the “How FirstNet Can Help EMS Provide Better Patient Care” webinar, hosted Thursday, February 19, by NHTSA’s Office of EMS (OEMS) as part of its ongoing EMS Focus: A Collaborative Federal Webinar Series, FirstNet experts discussed why FirstNet’s effort to build a public safety broadband network is important to EMS systems across the nation. The webinar featured presentations by Kevin McGinnis, a FirstNet Board member and Amanda Hilliard, director of outreach for FirstNet. McGinnis currently heads Maine’s North East Mobile Health Services and is a nationally recognized advocate for broadband communications within the EMS community.

 

 

Social Media

Social media discussions about FirstNet focused on the consultation and outreach, and how FirstNet can help improve EMS operations. We posted a couple blogs this past week on consultation efforts. Additional blogs can be found here: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. The FirstNet Twitter account continues to grow steadily, with more than 1,757 followers; LinkedIn 546; Google+ 28; and YouTube has 91 subscribers. 

 

The Myers Model Blog: FirstNet -- Why is Net Neutrality and Title II important to Public Safety Broadband?

http://advancingtelecom.blogspot.com/2015/02/firstnet-why-is-net-neutrality-and.html

Why would FirstNet be interested in Title II and Net Neutrality? The basis for understanding is quite simple: Public Safety is the catalyst and anchor tenant for a new hardened infrastructure that can support broadband to everyone. Commercial broadband access is just a derivative of the hardened requirements. FirstNet needs all the partners it can gather, but they also need control of its implementation, at least to a point where the baseline, hardened, protected infrastructure is built and implemented and everyone else's needs are applications that ride within it.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - February 23, 2015

FirstNet News

·         The User Advocacy team conducted the Delaware initial consultation meeting with 34 public safety stakeholders on February 19.

·         Last week, Chair Sue Swenson and Governor Jim Douglas met with the National Governors Association (NGA) at the winter meeting, where 29 states and territories were represented.  They gave an excellent update to the Chiefs of Staff from around the country and were also able to meet with some Governors. This was a very productive meeting to update state leadership. Sheriff Rich Stanek participated in the Minnesota 21st Century Broadband Networks – Driving Our Future meeting.

·         Last week, FirstNet also participated in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) meeting, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Webinar: How FirstNet Can Help EMS Provide Better Patient Care, and the County Executives of America Board Meeting.

·         Federal outreach included meetings with the FEMA Grants Program Directorate staff, key Department of Justice programs and Health and Human Services staff to discuss an emergency coordination grants coordination strategy to support FirstNet adoption. FirstNet also had the opportunity to brief the Policy and Plans Steering Group’s Spectrum Working Group on FirstNet activities.  The Policy and Plans Steering Group is convened within the Department of Commerce based upon direction given to the NTIA by Presidential Memorandum.  The group is at the Assistant Secretary level and focuses on advancing Presidential directives related to radio spectrum use and policy.

·         This week, FirstNet will be presenting at National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 9-1-1 Goes to Washington, the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters/Black Chief Officers Committee (BCOC), the NATE Unite 2015 Conference and Exposition, the National States Informational Geographic Council Conference, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Technical Operations meeting, the Region V Meeting and the IACP State Association of Chiefs and Mid-Sized Cities Combined Conference.

·         The February monthly regional SPOC/SWIC calls take place this week.

·         Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Wyoming (2/25), Arkansas (3/4), Massachusetts (3/12), Nebraska (3/18-3/19), Washington DC (3/26), South Dakota (4/1), Missouri (4/7), New York (4/20), North Carolina (4/23), South Carolina (4/30), Virgin Islands (5/19), Maine (5/20), Idaho (5/21), New Hampshire (6/9), Ohio (6/11), Vermont (6/16), Kansas (6/17), Wisconsin (6/18), California (6/23-25), Illinois (7/14), Alabama (7/15), Georgia (7/21), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/12), Indiana (8/26) and New Jersey (9/3).

·         To date, FirstNet has received completed consultation checklists from 46 of 56 states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

·         The next FirstNet Board and Committee meetings will be March 24-25 at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Washington, DC.  More information regarding registration and the agenda will be forthcoming.

 

From the States and PSAC Organizations

·         The Tribal Working Group (TWG) meeting met February 22 in Washington, DC in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Council Winter Session. The TWG developed a list of recommendations on tribal outreach, education, and inclusive strategies to ensure full participation by tribal jurisdictions in the nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network. 

·         The state of Tennessee will be holding the first of three state broadband summits on February 27 in Nashville, bringing together diverse stakeholders including public safety, education, healthcare, and economic development.  For more, visit www.connectedtn.org

 

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
Media coverage was heavy this week with several FirstNet stories, including Federal coordination with FirstNet; state consultation, the Early Builders network projects, and the demonstration public safety LTE network at the Alpine ski championships in Vail.  Key stories from this week include: 

 

Feds, FirstNet Build Public Safety LTE Network
http://www.fedtechmagazine.com/article/2015/02/feds-firstnet-build-first-public-safety-lte-network
OEC had spent years helping Boston’s public safety community improve emergency communications prior to the marathon. As it works today with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build the nation’s first interoperable public safety broadband network, the coordinated, multifaceted response to the Boston Marathon serves as a model for what could one day be possible nationwide.

 

Fierce Wireless Tech: Sonim Creates Public Safety Advisory Board to Focus on First Responder Needs

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/press-releases/sonim-creates-public-safety-advisory-board-focus-first-responder-needs

Board to Highlight Emergency Communication Priorities, Work toward Assuring Deployment and Operation of FirstNet Band 14. "We are so excited about being a part of a group of leaders who were fundamental in making the FirstNet network a reality. Our team will be working closely with the board to bring in additional members who have the knowledge, experience and relationships to meet the high standards and critical needs of our first responders," said Plaschke. "Ensuring that the FirstNet public safety broadband network launches is our collective priority. We're pleased to have Sonim support our efforts to make this critical network a reality," said Dowd.


Radio Resource: Public-Safety LTE Pilot Exposes Necessity of Private Network

http://74.63.161.22/onlyonline.cfm?OnlyOnlineID=509

Several themes were highlighted during a public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) pilot in the Colorado mountains last week: Public safety needs a private network for broadband, some rural communities might have greater needs for broadband than urban areas, and public-safety users quickly embrace LTE applications and devices. Colorado state and local public-safety officials, working closely with industry suppliers, deployed a band 14 700 MHz LTE demonstration network during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (FIS AWSC) Feb. 2 – 15 in Vail and Beaver Creek, two mountain ski resorts in the state. With approval from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the FCC granted a special temporary authorization (STA) to use the band 14 spectrum.


Urgent Communications: LA-RICS LTE Project Shrinks As Cities Opt Out, Refuse to Approve Sites

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety/la-rics-lte-project-shrinks-cities-opt-out-refuse-approve-sites

With its public-safety LTE system scheduled for completion in six months, the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS) has seen the scope of the deployment shrink as some member cities have opted out of the project or refused to approve sites, according to LA-RICS Executive Director Patrick Mallon…As part of the LA-RICS agreement with FirstNet, “we’re obligated to provide PSBN [public-safety broadband network] coverage to any and all public-safety entities that want to participate," Mallon said. "So, even if they’ve opted out, they have offered to let us continue to install equipment in their cities. Because of that, we anticipate that they will want to participate in the PSBN system.”

 

Social Media

Social media discussions about FirstNet focused on outreach and consultation in the states and territories, the Alpine World Ski Championship, and the recent webinar event, “How FirstNet Can Help EMS Provide Better Patient Care,” that Board Member Kevin McGinnis and Director of Outreach Amanda Hilliard participated in.  Maine SPOC Lisa Leahy commented on Twitter that the webinar was “received well by 1st responders.”

 

We posted a number of blogs this past week on outreach and consultation efforts, as well as the CTO team’s observations of the public safety LTE Network at the Alpine World Ski Championship: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/public-safety-lte-demo-network-2015-fis-alpine-world-ski-championships. The Vail blog received hundreds of views and was widely discussed over Twitter.  Additional blogs can be found here: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. The FirstNet Twitter account continues to grow steadily, with more than 1,720 followers; LinkedIn 537; Google+ 26; and YouTube has 88 subscribers. 
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update – February 17, 2015

FirstNet News

·         We conducted the one and a half day Texas initial consultation meeting last week on February 11-12.  In conjunction with the Texas initial consultation meeting, local official meetings were held with Austin Mayor Stephen Adler and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and department command staff. 

·         Last week, FirstNet also participated in the NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association Telecom Executive Forum, the Pennsylvania FirstNet Southeastern Regional meeting, the Emergency Services Committee meeting of the United South & Eastern Tribes (USET) at Impact 2015 and the U.S. Forest Service Radio Executive Council meeting.

·         This week, in coordination with the NTIA State and Local Implementation Grant Program team, we will hold SPOC Data Collection preview meetings February 18 and 20, in which FirstNet will preview and solicit SPOC input on the data collection activities that would be beneficial for the SPOCs to collect to inform the Request for Proposal and State Plans.

·         Also this week, FirstNet will be participating in the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) meeting, the 21st Century Broadband Networks meeting, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) webinar entitled “How FirstNet Can Help EMS Provide Better Patient Care” (register here), and the County Executives of America Board Meeting. 

·         FirstNet Federal Outreach met with the Department of the Interior’s Radio Executive Committee on February 11th, providing updates on FirstNet activities and to discuss consultation preparation of the agency with the bureau representatives.

·         The first in person Tribal Working Group (TWG) meeting will be held February 22 in Washington, DC in conjunction with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Council Winter Session. The TWG will be providing advice and recommendations on tribal outreach, education, and inclusive strategies to ensure full participation by tribal jurisdictions in the nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network. 

·         Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Delaware (2/19), Wyoming (2/25), Arkansas (3/4), Massachusetts (3/12), Nebraska (3/18-3/19), Washington DC (3/26), South Dakota (4/1), Missouri (4/7), North Carolina (4/23), South Carolina (4/30), Idaho (5/21), New Hampshire (6/9), Kansas (6/17), CA (6/23-25), Georgia (7/21), Hawaii (8/12), Indiana (8/26) and New Jersey (9/3).

·         To date, FirstNet has received completed consultation checklists from 46 of 56 states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

·         The next FirstNet Board and Committee meetings will be March 24-25 at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Washington, DC.  More information regarding registration and the agenda will be forthcoming.

 

From the States and PSAC Organizations

·         The PSAC Executive Committee held a conference call on February 9 and discussed the new PSAC tasking work groups and the June meeting. A full PSAC webinar was held on February 17.

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
Media coverage this week focused on state consultation, the Early Builders network projects, and the Alpine ski championships in Vail where a demonstration public safety LTE network was in operation.  Key stories from this week include

 

Radio Resource Mission Critical Communications Magazine: State Consultation Shows žFirstNetž’Evolution

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/MissionCritical/ (p.6, Feb 2015)

In January, I attended the Colorado state consultation meeting with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet’žs message at the meeting was much more practical than it was during the early days, particularly when it comes to coverage. The early board meetings brought big promises of 100 percent broadband coverage. We all know that isn’t financially realistic in a country as large and as geographically diverse as the U.S. Those bold predictions have been toned down. While still promises much better coverage than commercial networks, it will be too cost prohibitive to cover every square mile of the country.

 

FirstNet Should Have More Choices Than Just Opt-In/Opt-Out
https://medium.com/@BillSchrier/firstnet-more-choices-than-just-opt-in-out-cb47b306b62c

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) was created by Congress in 2012 and funded with $7 billion to deploy a nationwide wireless network dedicated to public safety. But Congress also attached many strings to FirstNet. One of the major requirements is the creation of a plan to deploy FirstNet in each state. That State Plan — created in consultation with public safety responders in that state — is then presented to the Governor of that State for an explicit decision: opt-in and allow FirstNet to proceed, or opt-out. Technically if the Governor “opts out” the state itself is supposed to build the network in the state, with some financial support from the First Responder Network Authority.

 

Social Media

Social media discussions about FirstNet focused on outreach and consultation in the states and territories, the Alpine World Ski Championship, and upcoming events such as “How FirstNet Can Help EMS Provide Better Patient Care,” a Webinar with Board Member Kevin McGinnis and Director of Outreach Amanda Hilliard on February 19.  

 

We posted a number of blogs this past week detailing our outreach and consultation, including one on the LA-RICS project: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/early-builders-blog-la-rics; Additional blogs can be found here: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog; The FirstNet Twitter account has more than 1,685 followers; LinkedIn 526; Google+ 24; and YouTube has 86 subscribers. 

 


Monday, February 09, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update – February 9, 2015

FirstNet News

·         Save the Date!  FirstNet, in coordination with the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) team, is also planning an in-person 2-day SPOC meeting between April 14-16, 2015.  FirstNet will provide additional information within the next 2 weeks once a meeting venue has been secured.

·         FirstNet Board members and staff participated in several events last week involving more than 200 stakeholders in Oregon (Tri-state Tribal Symposium; concurrent with Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians); Wyoming (WY Telecommunications Association winter meeting); Texas (TESSCO Technologies Innovation Showcase 2015); Alaska (AK Fire Chiefs Association Leadership Summit) and in Washington, D.C., for the federal consultation webinar.  In addition, Board member Teri Takai participated in the Michigan Statewide Interoperability Communications Training Conference. 

·         This week, FirstNet will be at the NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association Telecom Executive Forum, the Texas initial consultation meeting and at a Pennsylvania-FirstNet southeastern regional meeting.

·         Upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Delaware (2/19), Wyoming (2/25), Arkansas (3/4), Massachusetts (3/12), Nebraska (3/18-3/19), Washington DC (3/26), South Dakota (4/1), Missouri (4/7), North Carolina (4/23) and South Carolina (4/29).

·         To date, FirstNet has received completed  consultation checklists from 46 of 56 states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

·         The next FirstNet Board and Committee meetings will be March 24-25 at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Washington DC.  More information regarding registration and the agenda will be forthcoming.

 

From the States and PSAC Organizations

·         This week, assignments were finalized for the PSAC work groups for public safety grade (12 volunteers) and priority and preemption (11 volunteers). The PSAC also submitted the initial Early Builder’s Working Group (EBWG) recommendations, and FirstNet is now preparing a follow up tasking so the EBWG can continue its work.

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
Media coverage this week largely focused on the recently closed FCC AWS-3 Spectrum Auction, and many stories alluded to how it fully funds FirstNet and construction of the nationwide public safety broadband network. In terms of FirstNet’s position on the AWS results, Board members and staff are encouraged to focus their comments around how the auction results look very promising for FirstNet, but the funding is not guaranteed until after the FCC receives money from the bidding companies, which is due in early March.  Additionally, several local stories focused on FirstNet outreach efforts.  Key stories from this week include:

Fierce Mobile Government: Question of FirstNet Funding Now Moot, Thanks to Successful FCC Spectrum Auction

http://www.fiercemobilegovernment.com/story/question-firstnet-funding-now-moot-thanks-successful-fcc-spectrum-auction/2015-02-04

Far surpassing estimated revenues, the Federal Communications Commission raised a staggering $44.9 billion in a recent wireless spectrum auction with some of the proceeds earmarked for the development of a nationwide, interoperable network for first responders. The AWS-3 auction – comprised of the 1695-1710 megahertz, 1755-1780 MHz and the 2155-2180 MHz bands – closed Jan. 29 and revenues even eclipsed the $19.1 billion raised in the FCC's last major spectrum auction held in 2008. This AWS-3 auction is the second of three designed to benefit the planned wireless broadband network for first responders, known as FirstNet, which is estimated to cost $7 billion.

 

Radio Resource: Adams County to Serve as Host Core for New Mexico

http://74.63.161.22/onlyonline.cfm?OnlyOnlineID=506

Adams County, Colorado, will serve as the host core for the New Mexico early builder broadband network, a decision based on technical and financial comparisons, said a New Mexico official. New Mexico considered the Harris County, Texas, host core as well, said Jacqueline Miller, New Mexico deputy secretary for the Department of Information Technology. “We determined Adams County was a better solution so we could manage the system at a higher level of detail without additional upgrades,” she said. “Adams County had included some additional capacity.” Both Adams County Communications Center (Adcom 9-1-1) and New Mexico have spectrum lease agreements with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks using Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funds. Harris County is another FirstNet early builder, using funds from a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) port authority grant.

 

American City & County: Nationwide Broadband Network Aims to Shepherd Public Safety Into the 21st Century

http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/nationwide-broadband-network-aims-shepherd-public-safety-21st-century

When last week’s nor’easter dumped about two feet of snow and brought hurricane-force winds to the island of Nantucket, the town’s modern day communication systems didn’t stand a chance. There was only one functioning communications system. “Some of our landlines are down, cell service is spotty, the Internet and TV are down, and the only thing we have is our public-safety radio,” Police Chief William Pittman told The New York Times in an interview done over that same radio system. It’s the kind of crisis situation that a relatively young federal authority called the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, is mandated to address so public safety can respond more effectively in the future. Created by Congress in 2012 with $7 billion in federal funding, FirstNet is leading an effort to build a public-safety broadband network and give first responders access to 21st Century technologies in even some of the most remote, harsh environments and under chaotic circumstances.

 

Social Media

Social media discussions about FirstNet focused on outreach and consultation in the states and territories, the FCC auction, and the Alpine World Ski Championship.  We posted a number of blogs this past week detailing our outreach and consultation, including one from Chair Sue Swenson about her recent participation in the California Town Hall in Humboldt County: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/public-safety-feedback-real-world-incident-show-need-npsbn-california-town-hall. Additional blogs can be found here: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. The FirstNet Twitter account has more than 1,612 followers; LinkedIn 510; Google+ 24; and YouTube has 86 subscribers.


Monday, February 02, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update -- February 2, 2015

FirstNet News

·         This week, FirstNet will be at the Tri-state Tribal Symposium (concurrent with Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians), the Wyoming Telecommunications Association Winter Meeting and at TESSCO Technologies Innovation Showcase.

·         We completed the final January monthly SPOC/SWIC calls with regions 5 and 9 last week.  A total of 46 states and 95 state team members participated in January’s ten regional calls.  

·         We conducted the Kentucky initial consultation meeting on January 28. Nearly 50 public safety stakeholders attended the meeting, including representatives from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Tennessee. 

·         Upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Texas (2/11-2/12), Delaware (2/19), Wyoming (2/25), Arkansas (3/4), Massachusetts (3/12), Nebraska (3/18-3/19), Washington DC (3/26), South Dakota (4/1), North Carolina (4/23) and South Carolina (4/29).

·         To date, FirstNet has received completed  consultation checklists from 46 of 56 states and territories: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

·         As discussed on the January 8th webinar, FirstNet sent out letters to 566 federally-recognized Indian Tribes on January 30, 2015, for the purposes of initiating formal government-to-government consultation, as required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  Under NHPA, FirstNet is required to consult with all tribes regarding any action or “undertaking” that may have the potential to impact present-day or historic tribal lands or resources; in this case, the undertaking is the design, construction, and deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network.  This letter was sent to Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) or tribal leaders, as appropriate.  The formal government-to-government consultation required under Section 106 of the NHPA is not intended to substitute for or replace consultation with the State Single Points of Contact required under FirstNet’s statute; rather it is a parallel statutory obligation.  We have attached a template letter for your reference, as well as a list of tribes that were contacted.

·         The next FirstNet Board and Committee meetings will be March 24-25 at the Department of Commerce headquarters building in Washington DC.  More information regarding registration and the agenda will be forthcoming.

 

From the States and PSAC Organizations

·         This week FirstNet will be at the Michigan Statewide Interoperability Communications Training Conference and the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association Leadership Summit.

·         The PSAC is establishing two work groups to address its two recent assignments to provide advice and recommendations on priority and preemption and public safety grade.

·         The PSAC will host its next meeting via webinar on February 17.

 Media Watch

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 Traditional Media
Media coverage was heavy on several different FirstNet-related topics, including Federal and State/territorial consultation; the BTOP projects; and the Colorado Demo LTE Safety Network for the Vail skiing event.  In addition, we continue to work with the Daily Dispatch service to increase their inclusion of FirstNet news in their state clipping services. Key stories are listed below:

 Cal OES Newsroom: FirstNet Outreach and Education Ongoing in the North State

https://caloesnewsroom.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/firstnet-outreach-and-education-continues-in-the-north-state/

Technology is changing with the speed of light and much of this technology has been beneficial to consumers and businesses alike. Likewise, connecting all public safety personnel through FirstNet would be one of the most important advancements in public safety. That’s why the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Public Safety Communications Department continues to hold town hall meetings across the state to explain what this nationwide, high-speed, wireless broadband network could mean to California and how it could benefit public safety stakeholders.

 GCN: FirstNet Gives Responders Access To Commercial Technology

http://gcn.com/articles/2015/01/28/firstnet.aspx

Imagine if a police officer could send the location of a fleeing suspect to other officers while perusing the suspect on foot.  Or if medical personnel caring for a patient inside an ambulance could video conference with doctors in the emergency room en route to the hospital? Thanks to a new government network, these tasks are now within reach, according to a blog by TJ Kennedy, FirstNet’s acting executive director.

 GCN: Colorado to Demo LTE Safety Network

http://gcn.com/articles/2015/01/28/firstnet-colorado-demo.aspx

FirstNet Colorado, along with public safety agencies in Vail and Eagle counties, will demo a dedicated wireless broadband data network for emergency response. The LTE Demonstration Network will be held during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in early February, giving first responders the chance to use next generation LTE devices that will bring the power of broadband data to local, tribal, state and federal responders.

 McClatchy DC: Faced with a Tech Tsunami, Motorola Fights to Preserve Cop-com Franchise

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/static/features/Motorola/Index.html?brand=mcd

As Chicago cops braced for protests in advance of the NATO and G-8 summits in 2012, hometown radio giant Motorola made what seemed like a grand gesture. Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Calvin Robertson, MSWIN land mobile radio system at MHP Troop K headquarters on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013. Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Calvin Robertson, MSWIN land mobile radio system at MHP Troop K headquarters on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013. The company, which for years has used tenacious marketing and clout to reign over the emergency radio business, donated to the city $1.8 million worth of telecom equipment that could beam data and videos to law enforcement officers shielding the world leaders.

 Affigent GovTransformer: Is FirstNet Coming to Life?

http://govtransformer.us/2015/01/firstnet-coming-life/

Signed into law in 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gave FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.  While the project is in the process of developing a business plan and expanding its staff, it has been gaining tremendous traction these days.

 Western Fire Chiefs Association Daily Dispatch: FirstNet Initial Consultation Meeting in Colorado

http://www.dailydispatch.com/StateNews/CO/2015/January/27/FirstNet.Initial.Consultation.Meeting.in.Colorado.aspx

On January 14, members of the FirstNet team met with numerous local, state, federal and tribal public safety practitioners – including those from law enforcement, fire, and EMS – about planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) in Colorado. Overall, more than 120 representatives from the state’s public safety and private sector communities participated in the initial consultation meeting – FirstNet’s 11th to date.

 Social Media

Social media discussions about FirstNet focused on outreach and consultation in the states and territories. The Information Sharing Environment (ISE) released its Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Final Report.  You can read the entire report, introduced by a blog from PSAC Chairman Harlin McEwen, here: http://ise.gov/blog/chief-harlin-r-mcewen/icam-summit-final-report-announcement 

 We posted a number of blogs this past week detailing our outreach and consultation, including this blog from Vice Chair Jeff Johnson, who talked about his new role as VC and his commitment to the public safety community: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/firstnet-vice-chair-focus-strategies-outreach; Additional blogs can be found here: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog; The FirstNet Twitter account has more than 1,578 followers; LinkedIn 490; Google+ 24; and YouTube has 84 subscribers.

 Several videos were posted by FirstNet stakeholders on YouTube including one by National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), featuring NPSTC Vice Chair Andy Thiessen discussing FirstNet issues: http://youtu.be/YTy8jJHTKN8; Additionally, TJ Kennedy was featured in several short Washington OneNet videos on the Washington Office of the Chief of Information webpage. You can watch these videos here: https://ocio.wa.gov/initiatives/washington-onenet-firstnet/videos.