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Monday, August 22, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 22, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Last Thursday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced the reappointment of Sue Swenson, Jeff Johnson, and Teri Takai to the FirstNet Board of Directors. Sue Swenson will continue to serve as Board Chair for another two-year term. Board member Barry Boniface has decided not to seek reappointment to his seat due to the demands of his business, but he has agreed to remain on until a replacement is found or until the end of the year, whichever occurs first. For more information, please see the blog post.

 

·         The FirstNet Board and Finance Committee will hold a Special Meeting via teleconference on Friday, August 26.  Members of the public may listen to the meeting by dialing toll free 1.800.369.1808 and the passcode 7322336. 

 

·         Last week, FirstNet attended the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. CEO Mike Poth provided the keynote address at APCO's Distinguished Achievers Breakfast, where he addressed nearly 1,100 attendees about the valuable contributions FirstNet will make to the future of public safety communications. In the FirstNet Town Hall Meeting, Mike, President TJ Kennedy, and other FirstNet staff provided an overview and timely updates about significant milestones that FirstNet has achieved and answered questions. FirstNet’s breakout session, "FirstNet and NG9-1-1," was attended by over 60 people, including PSAC Chair Harlin McEwen, a number of state and territory single points of contact (SPOCs), and State Planning Committee members. FirstNet also hosted an Early Builders Roundtable, with panelists from Colorado, Los Angeles, and Texas, who discussed the valuable lessons learned as part of the PSAC’s Early Builders Working Group (EBWG).

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet attended the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) 2016 Fire-Rescue International in San Antonio, Texas. FirstNet Board Chair Swenson and Vice Chair Johnson provided a brief FirstNet update to the IAFC Board of Directors and answered questions from the members. The IAFC Board passed a motion to draft a position statement in support of FirstNet and its mission to meet the broadband data needs of public safety. In addition, FirstNet debuted its new large exhibit booth, presented updates to 14 committees, and conducted a general education session, "FirstNet: The Future of Firefighting," with approximately 50 attendees. FirstNet staff also had the opportunity to film video interviews with several metropolitan and volunteer fire chiefs in attendance and to do a ride along with the Austin, Texas Fire Department.  Videos from the event are available on FirstNet’s Twitter account.

 

·         FirstNet posted two blog entries last week, FirstNet Board Members Appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker: Member Statements and Delivering Actionable Data Via Innovative Apps, Devices, the fourth in the series “10 Ways FirstNet Will Help Public Safety Save Lives and Secure Communities”.  All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. 

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 37 state Governance Body Consultation Meetings, meeting with the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Territory Wide Communication Interoperability Governance Board last week.

 

·         FirstNet also held two Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meetings last week, including one with Region VII and another with representatives from seven federal departments and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The primary topics of discussion with Region VII were loading, capacity, and device management, while the federal discussion dealt more heavily with primary user states and data prioritization on the network.

 

·         FirstNet has created a fact sheet to address any questions on network funding and revenue reinvestment provisions.  It can be found HERE on the FirstNet resources page.

 

  • This week FirstNet will be participating in the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD) Annual Conference and Technology Showcase in Washington, DC; a Metro Engagement Meeting in Mesa, Arizona; the National Governors Association Policy Academy in Julian, West Virginia; the Virginia Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability Region 5 meeting in Chesapeake; a Metro Engagement Meeting in Denver, Colorado; the National EMS Safety Summit in Denver, Colorado; a New Mexico Pueblo Tribal Police Chiefs meeting in Albuquerque; an Oklahoma Public Safety Communications Tribal Advisory Committee meeting in Oklahoma City; and a Region VIII QPP CTT in Bozeman, Montana.

 

  • Last week the FirstNet Tribal Team held positive discussions with the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida; presented at a regional FCC Tribal Broadband, Telecom, and Broadcast Training and Consultation Workshop in Washington; and briefed the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Energy & Telecommunications Committee. The FCC engagement provided FirstNet the opportunity to meet with tribal IT and telecommunications personnel, and led to an invitation to accompany the FCC's Office of Native Affairs & Programs at all their regional meetings.

 

·         Note from NTIA: Should tribal members express interest in attending FirstNet's Southwest Border Forum (August 30-31 in Phoenix, AZ) or the National Tribal Emergency Management Conference (September 21-23 in Lemoore, CA), SPOCs may choose to support participation as an allocable state and local implementation grant program (SLIGP) expenditure.  Allowances may include the cost of transportation to and from, along with prorated reimbursement (based upon the event agenda), dependent upon full attendance at FirstNet presentations.  Please speak with your SLIGP federal program officer for a detailed understanding of how to properly account for these costs.

 

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 8/18: FirstNet names eight recipients in $26.8 million grant program to relocate 700 MHz narrowband systems

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/firstnet-names-eight-recipients-268-million-grant-program-relocate-7

“FirstNet today announced that eight public-safety entities will receive a total of $26.8 million to fund the relocation of their narrowband systems to different 700 MHz frequencies, clearing the airwaves for FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network that is scheduled to be built during the next several years.”

 

·         Mission Critical Communications 8/18: Swenson, Johnson, Takai Reappointed to FirstNet Board

http://www.mccmag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/14609 

“U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker reappointed three First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board members, including Chairwoman Sue Swenson, to three-year terms. Jeff Johnson, FirstNet vice chair, and Teri Takai, senior advisor at the Center for Digital Government, were also reappointed. Swenson will continue to serve as chairwoman of the FirstNet board for another two-year term.”

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew faster than normal this week. Twitter gained more than 75 new followers, now at 4,069. Facebook has 372 followers. LinkedIn now has 1,650 followers. YouTube has 313 subscribers. 


Monday, August 15, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 15, 2016

FirstNet News

·         Last week, Bill Schrier joined FirstNet as a Senior Advisor, working in State Plans. Bill most recently served as the Washington State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Seattle Police Department. Bill retired from the City of Seattle as its Chief Technology Officer in 2012.  He also served as Chair of the Operator Advisory Committee (OAC) to the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) from 2010 to 2012. Bill has previous experience as a police officer and with the United States Army. He has been a prominent public safety advocate and public commenter on FirstNet through his blog and Twitter. Bill is based out of Washington State and can be reached at william.schrier@firstnet.gov or (202) 480-0854.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet posted two blog entries, Meet the SME's- Senior Law Enforcement Advisor Mike Bostic and Capacity is Key for Planned Events with Large Crowds, the third in the series “10 Ways FirstNet Will Help Public Safety Save Lives and Secure Communities”.  All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog. 

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 36 state Governance Body Consultation Meetings, meeting with the Wisconsin Interoperability Council last week, during one of its regularly scheduled governance body meetings.

 

·         FirstNet held two Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meetings in Region IV states last week. Topics included Quality of Service (QoS) (specifically restoration and network maintenance), data management, local control and the workability of QPP across jurisdictions.

 

·         FirstNet will have a strong presence next week at two major national conferences. At  the APCO 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, Mike Poth will give a keynote address at the Distinguished Achievers Breakfast; Mike and TJ Kennedy will hold a FirstNet Town Hall; and FirstNet staff will lead sessions on “FirstNet and 9-1-1” and State Plans. Also next week, FirstNet Board members and staff will be in San Antonio, Texas, for the IAFC 2016 Fire-Rescue International, where they will participate in the IAFC Board of Directors meeting and more than a dozen committee meetings, as well as lead a general education session on FirstNet. In addition, FirstNet will be launching our new 10’x20’ booth, complete with new graphics and video monitors.

 

·         On Friday August 12, FirstNet released a draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for the Central Region of the U.S. (Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming). Comments on the draft PEIS are due October 11, 2016 and FirstNet has scheduled public meetings in each of the Central Region’s 16 states, starting in September to explain its environmental plan to the public. The first meetings are both on Sept. 7 in Des Moines, Iowa, and in St. Paul, Minnesota. The official notice published to the Federal Register can be found here: http://bit.ly/2aNQxKw

 

  • This week FirstNet will be participating in the APCO 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL; FCC Tribal Broadband, Telecom, and Broadcast Training and Consultation Workshop in Bothell, WA; Region VII QPP CTT in Osceola, IA; IAFC 2016 Fire-Rescue International in San Antonio, TX; Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) Tribal Technology & Energy Subcommittee Meeting in Bothell, WA; U.S. Virgin Islands Governance Body Meeting in Christiansted; Meeting with Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes; Federal QPP CTT in Reston, VA; California Ambulance Association in Stateline, NV; Executive Leadership Briefing with Arizona Representatives in Phoenix, AZ; U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Information Industry Working Group Roundtable on Spectrum Policy in Washington D.C.; and Illinois Executive Briefings in Springfield, IL.

 

·         FirstNet has developed a new video about State Plans based on feedback from our consultation and outreach efforts, to outline the key steps and considerations for the States.  We hope you find this short video effective in explaining not only the State Plan development process, but also how the public safety community can participate in and impact those discussions.  Please feel free to share this video with your associations and first responder colleagues.  

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by the Communications Department.

·         JEMS 8/9: New Mexico EMS Innovations Conference Highlights Opportunities for FirstNet Implementation (By Brent Williams)

http://www.jems.com/articles/2016/08/new-mexico-ems-innovations-conference-highlights-opportunities-for-firstnet-implementation.html

“Innovation in the medical field is all around us. Every day, new solutions are developed that positively impact the ability of medical professionals and technology to save lives and improve patient outcomes.  In my years working as an EMS professional, and in communications, I have experienced firsthand scenarios where we could improve patient care using data, technology and innovations that are being used by the general public every day.”

·         NIST Blog 8/10: NIST’s Rolling Wireless Net Helps Improve First-Responder Communications

http://www.nist.gov/ctl/pscr/nists-rolling-wireless-net-helps-improve-first-responder-communications.cfm

“To demonstrate improvements to emergency communications and foster research on systems that can be quickly placed in strategic locations, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has worked with industry partners to integrate commercial technologies into a mobile wireless communications system. The portable system was built to enable research in diverse environments,” said Tracy McElvaney, an engineering supervisor in NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division. “But it is modeled after FirstNet’s image of a vehicle-borne network system and the public safety community’s vision of a rapidly deployable system to be used when the nationwide network is not available.”

Web and Social Media

·         FirstNet’s social media presence continues to grow at its normal rate. Twitter gained more than 25 new followers, now at 3,993. Facebook has 352 followers. LinkedIn now has 1,645 followers. YouTube has 309 subscribers. 


Monday, August 08, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 8, 2016

FirstNet News  

·         FirstNet has now completed 34 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with a meeting last week in Arkansas. Topics discussed at the meeting included State Plan considerations, quality of service, priority and preemption, network restoration, and the financial responsibilities involved with an opt-out decision.

 

·         FirstNet also held three Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meetings last week with Region II in Connecticut, Region III in Maryland, and Region X in Washington State. Central themes included the need for standardized processes and procedures to aid in decision making during events, comparing the needs of local and state emergency responders with commercial and federal users, network states, along with coverage and capacity in rural areas.

 

·         FirstNet exhibited last week at the National Association of EMS Educators’ Annual Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas, which featured EMT and paramedic trainers from across the nation. Board member Kevin McGinnis and FirstNet staff spoke at several sessions and staffed the FirstNet booth.

 

·         Updated SPOC Talking Points are attached for your use in answering questions and discussing current topics around the FirstNet network.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 

 

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the National Conference of State Legislatures, Homeland Security Committee in Chicago, Illinois; the Rhode Island 2016 Preparedness conference in Warwick; Region IV Sub-Regional QPP CTTs in Atlanta, Georgia and in Fayetteville, North Carolina; the Minnesota Central Region NG9-1-1 Bi-Annual meeting in Alexandria; the Wisconsin Governance Body meeting; and the Oregon Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee (SIEC) meeting in Salem.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two blog entries: PSAC Completes ICAM and Local Control Task Team and Public Safety Needs True Priority, the latest in the series “10 Ways FirstNet Will Help Public Safety Save Lives and Secure Communities” that is available at:  http://www.firstnet.gov/about/why. All blog posts can also be accessed at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog

 

·         Looking ahead to next week:

 

o   FirstNet will be meeting with officials from the two tribes in Florida, as well as participating in a regional Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Tribal Broadband, Telecom, & Broadcast Training and Consultation Workshop in Washington State.  

 

o   FirstNet Board members and staff will present updates to the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Board of Directors and multiple committee and association meetings at Fire Rescue International in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, Mike Worrell will host a session on “The Future of Firefighting.” Attendees will also be able to stop by booth #13103 during expo hours on August 19-20 to interact with FirstNet, the Texas FirstNet team, and members of the PSAC. For more information, please visit: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/events/iafc-annual-conference-expo-2016

 

o   FirstNet will be in Orlando, Florida, for the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 2016 Annual Conference. CEO Mike Poth will give the keynote August 16 at the Distinguished Achievers Breakfast and FirstNet President TJ Kennedy will host a town hall. In addition, FirstNet will host sessions on FirstNet and 9-1-1 and readying your state for the opt-in/opt-out decision. For more information, please visit: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/events/apco-2016-annual-conference

 

·         FirstNet has developed a new video about State Plans based on feedback from our consultation and outreach efforts, to outline the key steps and considerations for the States.  We hope you find this short video effective in explaining not only the State Plan development process, but also how the public safety community can participate in and impact those discussions.  Please feel free to share this video with your associations and first responder colleagues.  

 

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 8/1: FirstNet Outlines Plans for Metro Leadership Engagements

http://www.mccmag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/14523

During a FirstNet SPOCs webinar, FirstNet leadership detailed metro leadership engagements. FirstNet Director of Consultation David Buchanan said the engagements will help educate and inform local public-safety executives and leaders, who in many states are key influencers to the governors. FirstNet will target public-safety officials and first responders serving any metro area interested in a consultation, said a FirstNet spokesman.

 

IoT Evolution World 8/1: Protect & Serve: Supporting Law Enforcement with Real Time IoT

http://www.iotevolutionworld.com/iot/articles/423719-protect-serve-supporting-law-enforcement-with-real-time.htm

The US Federal Government continues to build out FirstNet in support of broader initiatives to ensure every town, city, county and state across the country are safe. Created under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the FirstNet is an independent authority within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Their purpose is to establish, operate, and maintain an interoperable public safety broadband network. To fulfill these objectives, Congress allotted $7 billion and 20 MHz of valuable radio spectrum to build the network.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow at its normal rate.  Facebook has 331 followers, Twitter gained almost 30 new followers and is now at 3,966 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,632 followers.  YouTube now has 308 subscribers.

 

Do you have something you want to feature in the weekly update, such as a conference date, personnel announcement, or news article showcasing the work of your organization?  Please send it to Yancy Edwards at yancy.edwards.ctr@firstnet.gov for possible inclusion in an upcoming update.


Monday, August 01, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 1, 2016

FirstNet News  

·         Last week, FirstNet held a State single point of contact (SPOC) Webinar to provide updates on FirstNet’s shift to a customer care-focused organization and discuss the ongoing and future consultation efforts across the nation. More than 100 stakeholders from 45 states and territories participated. In addition to the FirstNet presentations, SPOC team members from Montana, Oklahoma, and Oregon gave brief accounts of recent consultation engagements held in their states.

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 33 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with meetings in Hawaii and North Dakota last week. Topics discussed included State Plans, opt-in/opt-out decision considerations, data collection, and funding.

 

·         Board member Kevin McGinnis and FirstNet staff, along with the New Mexico SPOC team, participated in the New Mexico EMS Innovations Conference in Albuquerque. FirstNet led a general session attended by 300 participants including the Navajo Nation, hosted an information booth, and held a number of side meetings with interested participants. Kevin also led an ad hoc discussion with several staff members from the New Mexico State Health Department that addressed the FirstNet network relative to tribal health initiatives in the state.

 

·         FirstNet and the Public Safety Communications Research Program (PSCR) participated in the National Fallen Firefighters Technology Summit last week in Oakland, California. The presentations covered research being done to reduce firefighter fatalities in the fire service, focusing on sensor technology, contextual display of information, and smart machines. The fire service leaders discussed some of the possible challenges to technology acceptance.

 

·         The FirstNet Federal Border Forum (Southwest) will take place August 30-31 at the Bureau of Land Management National Training Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Registration for federal practitioners is open now.  For additional details on the forum or registration questions, contact the Federal Consultation team at FederalConsultation@FirstNet.gov .    

 

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the National Association of EMS Educators Annual Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas; the Rhode Island Interoperable Communications Committee meeting in Lincoln; a PSCR Analytics Summit in Boulder, Colorado; the Arkansas Governance Body meeting in Little Rock; the Region III Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meeting in Reisterstown, Maryland; the Region X QPP CTT meeting in Seattle, Washington; the Los Angeles-Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) meeting in Los Angeles, California; and the annual Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Wisconsin conference in Stevens Point.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted three blog entries: Evolution of FirstNet’s CCO, Metro Engagements Highlight SPOC Webinar; Flying Blind is Dangerous: Enhancing Situational Awareness During Emergencies; and Why FirstNet: Enhancing Situational Awareness, the third and fourth in the series “10 Ways FirstNet Will Help Public Safety Save Lives and Secure Communities” that is available at:  http://www.firstnet.gov/about/why. All blog posts can also be accessed at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog

 

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 7/26: RFP competition should improve chances that FirstNet vision can become a reality for public safety

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/rfp-competition-should-improve-chances-firstnet-vision-can-become-reality-public-safety

It may have been the worst-kept secret in the public-safety communications industry, but AT&T last week officially announced that it is leading one of the bidding teams vying for the right to build and maintain FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network for the next 25 years.

 

Urgent Communications 7/26: Verizon CEO declines to comment on potential FirstNet role

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/verizon-ceo-declines-comment-potential-firstnet-role

Just days after AT&T formally announced that it has submitted a bid to lead a team seeking to build and operate FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network, Verizon’s CEO today declined to comment on the possible role that his company might play in a FirstNet bid.

 

Urgent Communications 7/28: Decision on LMR-to-LTE migration for mission-critical voice should be made by public safety, Seybold says

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/decision-lmr-lte-migration-mission-critical-voice-should-be-made-pub

Public safety’s mission-critical voice communications someday may be transmitted over FirstNet’s nationwide LTE system, but elected officials and government administrators should not retire land-mobile-radio (LMR) networks until first responders express confidence in the LTE-based offering, according to leading wireless consultant Andrew Seybold.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow at its normal rate.  Facebook has 314 followers, Twitter gained 25 new followers and is now at 3,938 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,624 followers.  YouTube now has 304 subscribers.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 25, 2016

FirstNet News  

 

·         FirstNet is finalizing preparations for its SPOC Webinar on Wednesday, July 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. The purpose of the webinar is to provide SPOCs and their team members key FirstNet organizational updates and discuss progress and near term focus areas regarding the 2016 consultation program, including metro and executive engagements and the Consultation Task Team (CTT) effort.

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 31 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings, after meeting with the Tennessee FirstNet Leadership Committee last week. Topics discussed included coverage expectations, network security, and the State Plans review process.

 

·         On July 17, FirstNet participated in the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ (NOBLE) 40th Annual Training Conference and Exhibition in Washington, DC. Leading an interactive session of nearly 50 NOBLE members, Area Lead Jeff King discussed the origins of FirstNet and the potential ways in which the FirstNet network will revolutionize the law enforcement profession, improve citizen safety, and improve public safety services overall. There were a number of questions from participants about devices, including how the network could facilitate reporting in the field, body-worn cameras, and biometrics.

 

·         FirstNet representatives also participated in the PINNACLE 2016 EMS Leadership & Management Conference last week in San Antonio, Texas. Board member Kevin McGinnis gave a FirstNet update to members of the Joint National EMS Leadership Forum and the National EMS Management Association. FirstNet staff also presented on the broader topic of cyber security and technology use to a general session of the conference.

 

·         The Federal Consultation team is preparing for a FirstNet Federal Southwest Border Forum in Phoenix, Arizona on August 30-31. This meeting will provide an opportunity for federal stakeholders in and around the Southwest Border Region to engage with FirstNet through a series of presentations and breakout session(s) focused on what is possible with public safety LTE and understanding federal needs. Federal practitioners participating in the forum will have the opportunity to sponsor counterparts from state, local and tribal public safety organizations in order to gain as comprehensive a picture as possible of operations along the border. Federal Consultation Lead Chris Algiere’s recent blog post describes the Forum and also includes a link to an associated video discussing challenges along the southwest border.  For additional details on forum registration, contact FederalConsultation@FirstNet.gov 

 

·         The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued last week a Public Notice that provides preliminary guidance on the process NTIA is developing to review applications for its State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP) from states and territories seeking to deploy their own radio access networks (RAN). The public is invited to submit comments on this Notice by August 18, 2016. To submit comments, please click the link HERE.

 

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the annual Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments Conference in Monroeville; the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Summer training Conference in Savannah; the National Telephone Cooperative Association (NTCA)-Southwest Regional Conference in Park City, Utah; a North Dakota Governance Body meeting in Bismarck; a Tennessee Statewide Interoperability Conference in Franklin; the Tri-State Telecommunications Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho; the Hawaii Governance Body meeting in Honolulu; the New Mexico EMS Innovations Conference in Albuquerque; and the Arizona-California Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) CTT in Sacramento, California.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted three blog entries: Connecting Public Safety Operations Along the Southwest Border from Federal Consultation Lead Chris Algiere (as noted above), Going Wireless in an Emergency: A New Kind of Superhighway, and FirstNet: Connecting Responders in Rural America. ‘Connecting Responders in Rural America’ is the second entry in the series “10 Ways FirstNet Will Help Public Safety Save Lives and Secure Communities” that is available at: http://www.firstnet.gov/about/why. All blog posts can also be accessed at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog

 

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.

 

StateScoop 7/20: NTIA unveils draft guidance for states weighing FirstNet options

http://statescoop.com/ntia-unveils-draft-guidance-for-states-weighing-firstnet-options

State officials are about to get their first glimpse of details that will help them to decide whether to opt in or out of a nationwide broadband network for first responders.


Mission Critical Communications 7/19: NTIA Requests Comments on Process for Opt-Out States, Aug. 18 Deadline

http://www.mccmag.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/14485

The NTIA issued a public notice outlining the alternative path states could take to connect to the FirstNet nationwide public-safety broadband network. NTIA said the notice provides preliminary guidance on the “rigorous process” it is developing to review applications for its SAPP from states seeking to deploy their own RAN, the facilities needed to connect first responders to the core of FirstNet’s broadband network.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow at its normal rate.  Facebook has 257 followers, Twitter gained 25 new followers and is now at 3,913 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,609 followers.  YouTube now has 300 subscribers.