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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - March 20, 2017

FirstNet News

·         On Friday, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in favor of FirstNet in the protest action. This is a positive development for FirstNet and the public safety community. FirstNet intends to move expeditiously to finalize the contract for the nationwide public safety broadband network.

 

·         Last Thursday, FirstNet hosted the inaugural International Public Safety Wireless Broadband Forum in Reston, Virginia. More than 20 public safety and technology leaders from Australia, Canada, Finland, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom presented on their current public safety wireless efforts. FirstNet leadership also presented on progress to date and next steps beyond the contract award. Attendees benefitted from the forum and agreed to continue sharing updates and lessons learned.

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 48 state Governance Body Consultation Meetings with a meeting in Michigan last week. FirstNet staff traveled to Dimondale for the meeting of the Michigan Public Safety Communications Interoperability Board and discussed the Governor’s decision and the FirstNet State Plan. Michigan stakeholders also outlined their planning for the FirstNet State Plan review process.

 

·         FirstNet also participated in three panel discussions at National RES (Reservation Economic Summit) in Las Vegas, Nevada last week. The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development convenes the annual meeting to bring together respected tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, and top executives.

 

·         FirstNet staff also met with the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation’s Business Council on Monday to present on the background of FirstNet, the FirstNet State Plan process, and the importance of tribal data.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Institute of Fire Engineers Conference in Orange, California; the Center for Public Safety Excellence Conference in Garden Grove, California; a Connecticut Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting in Middletown; the Wildland Urban Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada; the Minnesota APCO/NENA Conference in Alexandria; the Center for Domestic Preparedness Tribal Nations Training Week in Anniston, Alabama; a meeting with DHS management for the Technical Resource for Incident Prevention (TRIPwire) program; the New England Division of IAFC Annual Meeting in Quincy, Massachusetts; and a governance body meeting, metro engagement meeting, and Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meeting in American Samoa.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: San Diego, California Fire Chief Discusses the Vital Need for the FirstNet network.

 

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.

 

MissionCritical Communications 3/17: Court Rules in Favor of FirstNet in Protest Case

http://mccmag.com/Features/FeaturesDetails/FID/732

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in favor of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in the protest action. The FirstNet board will hold a special meeting to determine next steps. “We are pleased with the court’s decision,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “This is a positive development for FirstNet and the public safety community. FirstNet intends to move expeditiously to finalize the contract for the nationwide public-safety broadband network.”

 

Wireless Week 3/17: Trump Budget Would Continue Support for “Next-Generation Wireless Services”

https://www.wirelessweek.com/blog/2017/03/trump-budget-would-continue-support-next-generation-wireless-services

According to the budget text, Trump’s plan “continues to support the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in representing the United States interest at multi-stakeholder forums on internet governance and digital commerce.” Additionally, the budget “supports the commercial sector’s development of next generation wireless services by funding NTIA’s mission of evaluating and ensuring the efficient use of spectrum by government users.”

 

Urgent Communications 3/15: FirstNet staff ‘ready to go’ after contract award is made; board opts to decline resolution vote

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/firstnet-staff-ready-go-after-contract-award-made-board-opts-decline

FirstNet’s staff yesterday said it is prepared to act quickly on tasks necessary to deploy a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) while eagerly anticipating a key court decision. Meanwhile, FirstNet board members opted against voting on a delegation resolution that had been on the meeting agenda.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew faster than usual this week.  Twitter gained 116 new followers, now at 5,305.  Facebook has 775 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,900 followers.  YouTube has 390 subscribers. 


Monday, March 13, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - March 13, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Last week, FirstNet attended three Regional Public Safety Broadband Conferences that were hosted by the Tennessee Advanced Communications Network in Jackson, Knoxville, and Nashville. FirstNet staff discussed devices and how FirstNet will support fire response.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet staff from the Chief Technology Office, PSAC Chair Chief (Ret.) Harlin McEwen, and PSAC Vice Chair Tom Sorley participated in the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Mission Critical Voice Roundtable discussion in Boulder, Colorado.

 

·         FirstNet staff met last week with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Atmore, Alabama, and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, Mississippi. FirstNet provided a programmatic update and discussed the State Plan delivery process.

 

·         FirstNet also provided a programmatic update at a meeting of the Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission of Nevada on Thursday in Elko, NV.

 

·         FirstNet also attended the Texas 9-1-1 Alliance District Directors meeting in San Antonio, discussing the relationship between FirstNet and Next Generation 9-1-1 in a presentation on the future of end-to-end public safety communications.

 

·         On Tuesday this week, the FirstNet Board will hold its quarterly board meeting by teleconference.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in an Eastern Shoshone Tribal Council meeting in Fort Washakie, Wyoming; the National RES (Reservation Economic Summit) in Las Vegas, Nevada; a Pennsylvania Northeastern Regional Meeting in Stroudsburg; a Federal Communications Commission Region 19 700/800MHz Committee meeting in Windsor Locks, Connecticut; the Michigan Governance Body Meeting in Dimondale; a Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission meeting in Waterbury; a Connecticut Public Safety Broadband Committee meeting in Middletown; and a Northwest Arkansas Regional Fire Chiefs meeting in Siloam Springs.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: PSAC Profile: National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and Meet the SMEs – FirstNet Senior 9-1-1 Advisor Bill Hinkle. All blog posts are available at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

·         FirstNet’s quarterly newsletters are out! Visit FirstNet.gov to read and share the latest FirstNet updates for the Fire Rescue, EMS, Law Enforcement, and 9-1-1 communities. Sign up and share with our new online subscription.

 

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.

 

WaTech 3/8: Washington OneNet announces premier of SHOTS FIRED – a new film about the 2015 shooting at North Thurston High School

http://watech.wa.gov/washington-onenet-announces-premier-shots-fired-new-film-about-2015-shooting-north-thurston-high

"Washington OneNet’s award winning films are powerful outreach tools to educate first responders and the public about the potential benefits of a data-enabled world where first responders have priority access to wireless networks and applications, like those that will be offered by FirstNet.  The newest film, SHOTS FIRED, reflects on a real critical incident and how the safety of students, teachers and responders may improve in a FirstNet world.”  TJ Kennedy, FirstNet, President

Fire Chief 3/7: The ‘internet of things’ and the fire service

https://www.firechief.com/2017/03/07/the-internet-of-things-and-the-fire-service/

FirstNet, once built and services launched, will create another wave stimulated by secure public safety broadband and nationwide public safety interoperable data and enhanced voice. Then perhaps we will be talking about the FirstNet of Things — all of the things, data, video and secure communications that FirstNet brings to public safety.

RCR Wireless News 3/6: Private LTE network market set for strong growth, FirstNet to provide impetus

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170306/network-infrastructure/lte/private-lte-network-market-set-for-strong-growth-firstnet-to-provide-impetus-tag2

In the U.S., the most prominent private deployment is centered on the First Responder Network Authority program that is in the process of selecting a commercial operator partner to help build the nationwide public safety network. The program includes 20 megahertz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band along with around $6.5 billion in government funding dedicated to constructing the network. AT&T is currently seen as the favorite to win the contract, which would provide the carrier with access to some of the spectrum assets though require network pre-emption in favor of public safety when needed. IHS said it expects the FirstNet deployment to begin around 2020, with the U.S. becoming “a main driver of global private LTE revenues.”

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 38 new followers, now at 5,189.  Facebook has 758 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,895 followers.  YouTube has 387 subscribers. 
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - March 6, 2017

FirstNet News

 

·         FirstNet President TJ Kennedy provided a keynote speech on Tuesday at the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) UNITE 2017 Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. On Wednesday, he gave another keynote speech at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) DC Mobile Technology Summit in Washington.

 

·         FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis spoke Tuesday during a general session at the Northwest Rural Health Conference in Seattle, Washington, highlighting the positive impact of FirstNet on rural EMS and community paramedicine.

 

·         Chief Customer Officer Rich Reed was in Montreal, Canada on Thursday to provide an “Introduction to FirstNet” presentation at the Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet Senior Advisor Bill Schrier provided a keynote speech entitled “FirstNet’s Edge” at the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO) Emerging Technology Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

·         FirstNet also participated in the California Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (CalNENA) Conference in San Diego last week, presenting in two breakout sessions and meeting with key state communications and public safety leaders.

 

·         FirstNet Office of the Chief Technology Officer staff also attended the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Spain last week, the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in a Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; a Texas 9-1-1 Alliance District Directors meeting in San Antonio; an Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission of Nevada meeting in Elko; the North Carolina EMS Administrators Conference in Wilmington; the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Mission Critical Voice Roundtable in Boulder, Colorado; a Metropolitan DC 9-1-1 Center Directors meeting in Arlington, Virginia; an Emergency Communications Preparedness Center Steering Committee meeting in Arlington, Virginia; tribal meetings with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Atmore, Alabama, and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, Mississippi; and Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN) Regional Public Safety Broadband Conferences in Jackson, Nashville, and Knoxville.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: PSAC Profile: Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association and FirstNet: Delivering to Public Safety the Capabilities They Need to Save Lives – Theirs and the Public’s. All blog posts are available at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

·         FirstNet’s quarterly newsletters are out! Visit FirstNet.gov to read and share the latest FirstNet updates for the Fire Rescue, EMS, Law Enforcement, and 9-1-1 communities. Sign up and share with our new online subscription.

 

·         The 2017 Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN) Regional Public Safety Broadband Conferences are March 7th, 8th, and 9th from 10am-3pm.  The Conferences are free to attend and lunch will be provided. Register at www.TACN.tech/events.

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Urgent Communications 3/3: Updated: Judge hears oral arguments in Rivada Mercury lawsuit protesting FirstNet procurement

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/updated-judge-hears-oral-arguments-rivada-mercury-lawsuit-protesting

Attorneys provided oral arguments today in Rivada Mercury’s lawsuit protesting the bidding team’s exclusion from the final stage of the FirstNet procurement process, bringing the case one step closer to a much-anticipated decision from U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Elaine Kaplan.

 

Nextgov 3/1: FirstNet's Message To Tech: First Responders Could Be The Next Big Market

http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2017/03/firstnet-president-industry-help-us-ruggedize-authentication/135817/

TJ Kennedy, president of FirstNet, the public private partnership building a broadband network exclusively for public safety users, needs private sector's help coming up with new ways to securely authenticate devices, he said at an AFCEA event Wednesday.

 

Federal News Radio 3/1: Commerce secretary promises ‘special renaissance’ under Trump administration

http://federalnewsradio.com/workforce/2017/03/commerce-secretary-promises-special-renaissance-trump-administration/

Ross said he’s also looking to launch more weather satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and seeks universal implementation of FirstNet, the department’s first responder network. In order to achieve this, he called on the president to set appropriate funding levels for the department in his upcoming budget proposal.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 41 new followers, now at 5,151.  Facebook has 749 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,888 followers.  YouTube has 385 subscribers. 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - February 27, 2017

FirstNet News

·         In our new FirstNet 101 video, FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson highlights the importance of FirstNet to public safety.  Watch and learn about how FirstNet will answer public safety’s needs by putting advanced communications technology, apps, and devices into the hands of first responders and other public safety personnel -- helping them save lives and protect communities across our nation.  

 

·         Last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth, Board Member Governor Jim Douglas, and staff provided a FirstNet briefing to numerous gubernatorial Chiefs of Staff during a working session at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.

 

·         On Friday, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy provided a briefing to the Adjutants General Association of the United States in Washington, DC.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis and staff attended the EMS Today JEMS Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah, staffing the FirstNet booth and participating in a productive panel discussion.

 

·         FirstNet staff held meetings last week with tribal and public safety leadership from the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Staff answered a variety of questions from the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe leaders, and the SPOC teams from Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah shared how each state has engaged tribes within their respective state.

 

·         FirstNet was also in Phoenix, Arizona last week to brief members of the Indian Country Intelligence Network. Chief Customer Officer Rich Reed and staff provided a FirstNet update and answered various questions on FirstNet planning and implementation, as well as issues regarding rural and tribal areas. FirstNet staff also shared information about the Tribal Government Outreach team’s tribal public safety data collection efforts, and collaborated with tribes’ representatives to share data.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the 2017 California Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (CalNENA) Conference in San Diego, California; Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain; the National Association of Tower Erectors’ UNITE 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas; the APCO Emerging Technology Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina; the Fire Chiefs of Massachusetts Professional Development Conference in Worcester; the Northwest Rural Health Conference in Seattle, Washington; the AFCEA DC Mobile Technology Summit in Washington; the Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montreal, Canada; the Global City Team Challenge Public Safety SuperCluster Workshop in Washington, DC; a meeting of the New Hampshire Fire Service in Concord; the Central Virginia EMS Expo in Henrico; the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Spring 2017 Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana; and the Western States Sheriffs’ Association Annual Training and Vendor Exhibition in Reno, Nevada.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blog posts: FirstNet: Building the Nation’s Dedicated, Advanced Public Safety Communications Network and FirstNet Annual Report: Fiscal Year 2016 Marked Significant Achievements in Making Network a Reality for Public Safety. All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

·         FirstNet’s quarterly newsletters are out! Visit FirstNet.gov to read and share the latest FirstNet updates for the Fire Rescue, EMS, Law Enforcement, and 9-1-1 communities. Sign up and share with our new online subscription.

 

·         The 2017 Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN) Regional Public Safety Broadband Conferences are March 7th, 8th, and 9th from 10am-3pm.  The Conferences are free to attend and lunch will be provided. Register at www.TACN.tech/events.

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.

 

Mission Critical Communications 2/23: FirstNet Releases Annual Report to Congress

http://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15230

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released its annual report to Congress. This month marks the fifth anniversary of the legislation that created FirstNet. “Over the last fiscal year, FirstNet accomplished many major milestones, with the most significant being the gains made in the acquisition process for the deployment of the nationwide public-safety broadband network,” said Edward Parkinson, FirstNet director of government affairs, in a blog post about the report.

Urgent Communications 2/23: Judge schedules oral arguments in FirstNet case for March 3

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/judge-schedules-oral-arguments-firstnet-case-march-3

Oral arguments in the lawsuit filed by the Rivada Mercury bidding team protesting evaluations in the FirstNet procurement process will be heard next Friday, March 3, a federal judge ruled today.

 

Urgent Communications 2/21: Five years later, public safety can see the light at the end of the FirstNet tunnel

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/five-years-later-public-safety-can-see-light-end-firstnet-tunnel

Tomorrow marks the five-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing into law the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. At the time, the headline-grabbing aspects of the legislation were an extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut and myriad initiatives designed to provide assistance to the large unemployed population. Today, the tax-cut and unemployment benefits from this law largely have been forgotten. However, a generally overlooked feature of the bill finally is on the verge of becoming reality: FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 37 new followers, now at 5,110.  Facebook has 712 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,878 followers.  YouTube has 384 subscribers. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - February 21, 2017

FirstNet News

  • Last week, FirstNet participated in an after action review of the Harris County, Texas Early Builder Project’s network and application deployment at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas. The 10-day operational period was roundly considered to be a great success and illustrated the benefits of a dedicated public safety broadband network. Public safety officials outlined the benefits of the network and identified other areas for refinement, including more collaboration with the end user community and development of processes and procedures in alignment with an event concept of operations. Representatives from the LA-RICS Program also participated in the discussion and provided a briefing on operations at the Rose Parade.

 

  • FirstNet also met with the Wisconsin Tribal Emergency Management Alliance last week in Wausau, including representatives of the Oneida Tribe, Menominee Tribe, St. Croix Chippewas, and HoChunk Nation, as well as a FEMA liaison and a local county official who works with the Potawatomi Community. The conversation focused on data collection, the FirstNet timeline, tribal consultation, tower location, and environmental considerations.

 

  • This week, FirstNet will be participating in a Connecticut Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee meeting in Middletown; Nebraska regional meetings in Bridgepoint and Kearney; a meeting with Navajo Nation tribal and public safety leadership in Flagstaff, Arizona; a Phoenix Public Safety Cabinet meeting in Arizona; the University of Colorado Interdisciplinary Telecom Program Seminar Series in Boulder; the 2017 EMS Today JEMS Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah; an Indian Country Intelligence Network meeting in Phoenix, Arizona; a meeting with the Adjutants General Association of the United States in Washington, DC; an Indian Country Law Enforcement Coordination Group meeting in Washington, DC; the 2017 Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs Seminar in Ridgedale, Missouri; the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, DC; and the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2017 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

 

 

  • FirstNet’s quarterly newsletters are out! Visit FirstNet.gov to read and share the latest FirstNet updates for the Fire Rescue, EMS, Law Enforcement, and 9-1-1 communities. We now have an online subscription form for the FirstNet newsletters. Sign up and share here.

 

  • The 2017 Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN) Regional Public Safety Broadband Conferences are March 7th, 8th, and 9th from 10am-3pm. The Conferences are free to attend, and lunch will be provided. Register at www.TACN.tech/events.

 

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.

 

WAVE 3 News 2/16: Broadband Tools Strengthen Rose Parade Security

http://www.wave3.com/story/34521410/broadband-tools-strengthen-rose-parade-security

Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System and Motorola Solutions deploy broadband infrastructure, software and devices to protect Rose Parade. The current LA-RICS system, built with Motorola Solutions strategic partner Ericsson, has more than 70 LTE towers and will have a growing number of LMR sites to boost the overall system’s appeal to public safety agencies as more towers are added. LA-RICS represents the largest of the Early Builder projects that are part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). As the prime contractor for LA-RICS, Motorola Solutions continues its global leadership in creating public safety broadband networks that complement existing LMR infrastructure.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 55 new followers, now at 5,073.  Facebook has 684 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,871 followers.  YouTube has 385 subscribers.