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Monday, June 29, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 29, 2015

FirstNet News

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

News from the States, Territories, and Associations

 

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

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

 

 Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-

Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Traditional Media 

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

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

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

 

Missouri Farmer Today: Organizations Expand Broadband

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 22, 2015

FirstNet News

·         Last week, we held initial consultation meetings in Vermont, Kansas, and Wisconsin bringing the total to 37 consultation meetings to date.  We also held pilot consultations with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). 

·         Last week, FirstNet participated in the New York State Wireless Forum, the Telecommunications Association of Michigan ComPulse Annual Convention, the 2015 Arkansas Interoperability Conference and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Conference.

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the Utah Communications Authority Technology Seminar, Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association Conference and the National Sheriffs Association Annual Conference, including a presentation to their Indian Affairs committee.

·         Next week, a Tribal Working Group (TWG) member will present at a telecom breakout session during the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Conference in St. Paul, Minn. entitled “Pursuing Digital Sovereignty: Removing Barriers and Achieving Success”

·         To date, FirstNet has received 53 of 56 completed consultation checklists. Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: North Dakota (7/9), Illinois (7/14), Alabama (7/15), Georgia (7/21), California (7/28-29), Tennessee (7/23), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa (8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3), Alaska (9/9) and Arizona (9/15).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker

·         FirstNet is accepting applications for the below vacancy. The position closes on Thursday, 6/25.

Program Support Specialist (Federal Public Safety) (ZA-0301-4)

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Locations:  Reston, VA

DEU vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2015-0147

MAP vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2015-0148

 

From the PSAC and States/Territories

·         Join us this Thursday, 6/25 from 2:00-3:30 pm EDT for an optional webinar.  Lesia Dickson of the Texas Public Safety Broadband Program, will be presenting on the eLearning platform that Texas has chosen, as well as the two comprehensive courses:  Introduction to Public Safety Broadband and the Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) Mobile Data Survey Tutorial (MDST).  The eLearning modules can be used as is by other states without charge at the Texas eLearning site, or other states can have the eLearning modules to adapt for their own needs, saving time and funds.  This invitation should already be in your Outlook inbox.  This webinar replaces our normal June SPOC/SWIC regional calls.

·        The state of Oregon has developed an easy-to-use online GIS tool to capture stakeholder feedback regarding coverage objectives: (Tutorials: https://youtu.be/67xNVVlDBT0 and https://youtu.be/fL7homF2_BY)

·         The state of Washington has posted a Washington FirstNet by the Numbers infographic to its website.

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-

Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Traditional Media
The FirstNet congressional hearing dominated this week’s media coverage. There was a large media turnout including news services and trade publications that report on public safety, telecommunications, government procurement, and congressional developments for the hearing.  In general, the media coverage was positive as it tracked the subcommittee’s posture that FirstNet has made major progress building a high-performing organization and laying the foundation for the network through its programs and activities. Other topics covered in the news this week include FirstNet state consultation meetings.

 

Broadcasting & Cable: Pallone Sings Praises of FirstNet

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/pallone-sings-praises-firstnet/141776

House Democratic leaders had both praise and advice for FirstNet in advance of a hearing Tuesday (June 16) on the status of the broadband-based interoperable emergency communications network being funded through FCC spectrum auctions.

 

The Hill: First Responder Network Will Be Secure, Chief Assures Lawmakers

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/245195-first-responder-network-will-be-secure-chief-reassures-lawmakers

Strong cybersecurity will be built in to a nascent network for emergency first responders, its director said at a Tuesday hearing.

 

Urgent Communications: House Subcommittee Applauds FirstNet’s Progress Toward Nationwide Public-safety Network

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/house-subcommittee-applauds-firstnet-s-progress-toward-nationwide-public-safety-network?page=1

Members of a House subcommittee and the state of Ohio CIO yesterday expressed support for FirstNet’s timely execution of its deployment roadmap during a hearing on the topic.

   

Web and Social Media
We continue to see a steady increase in the use of FirstNet social media communications channels. The FirstNet Twitter account now has 2,327 followers; LinkedIn 780 users; Google+ 48 users; and YouTube 125 subscribers. A new blog post prepared by FirstNet’s Director of Applications, Mark Golaszewski, was published on the FirstNet website that provides a high level description of what an Applications Ecosystem is, and how a robust ecosystem is an essential part of the future National Public Safety Broadband Network.  The blog post can be accessed here: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/what-applications-ecosystem. All blogs are located at: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 15, 2015

FirstNet News

·        Tomorrow, FirstNet Acting Executive Director TJ Kennedy will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s communications and technology subcommittee at 2 pm EDT in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing will be available over webcast on the Committee’s website.  The hearing will be an opportunity to highlight the progress FirstNet has made and discuss our priorities and path forward with the subcommittee, including consultation and the acquisition process.  FirstNet also looks forward to answering any questions the members may have on various issues related to the deployment of the network and the FirstNet organization.  For more information, please see:  http://energycommerce.house.gov/press-release/subcommittee-continue-oversight-firstnet-build-out-%E2%80%93-nationwide-public-safety-network

·         Initial consultation meetings took place in three states last week:  New Hampshire, New Mexico and Ohio, bringing the total to 34 consultation meetings to date. This week, FirstNet will conduct the initial consultations in Vermont, Kansas and Wisconsin.

·         Last week, FirstNet participated in the Telecommunications Association of the Southeast (TASE) Summer Symposium, the National Council of State Telecomm Association Executives (NCSTAE), the 2015 Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference (with Tribal Working Group member Michael Bird [Kewa and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblos] and Washington OneNet state planning team member Shelley Westall), the Inter-Tribal Emergency Management Coalition Summit (with Tribal Working Group member Randell Harris [Tlingit]), the National Homeland Security Conference, the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association and the New York State Broadband Symposium.

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the Customs and Border Protection Initial Consultation Pilot, the New York State Wireless Forum, the Telecommunications Association of Michigan ComPulse Annual Convention, the 2015 Arkansas Interoperability Conference and the Department of Justice Data Collection Pilot.

·         To date, FirstNet has received 52 of 56 completed consultation checklists. Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Vermont (6/16), Kansas (6/17), Wisconsin (6/18), North Dakota (7/9), Illinois (7/14), Alabama (7/15), Georgia (7/21), California (7/28-29), Tennessee (7/23), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa (8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1), New Jersey (9/3) and Alaska (9/9).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker

·         The following public safety subject matter expert positions are now posted on USAJobs.com. The positions close on June 16.

o   Emergency Management Specialist (Emergency Medical Services) (ZP-0089-04)

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Location:  Negotiable After Selection, United States

DHA vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2015-0150

o   Emergency Management Specialist (911) (ZP-0089-04)

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Location:  Negotiable After Selection, United States

DHA vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2015-0151

o   Emergency Management Specialist (Fire) (ZP-0089-04)

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Location:  Negotiable After Selection, United States

DHA vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2015-0156

 

From the PSAC and States/Territories

·         Congratulations to Iowa SPOC Tom Lampe on receiving the 2015 Broadband Hero Award for his leadership in Iowa’s FirstNet efforts!

 

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 included articles on a wide variety of topics including state opt-out strategies, DHS coordination with FirstNet, rural broadband access, and the upcoming congressional hearing.  The Iowa SPOC was recognized by the Governor for his work on FirstNet, and this led to several stories from local press and public safety trade publications. 

 

Urgent Communications: Opt-out Scenarios from FirstNet Appear Increasingly Tough for States, Territories

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/opt-out-scenarios-firstnet-appear-increasingly-tough-states-territories

Many states and territories are exploring the opt-out alternative to being part of FirstNet, which would require them to build out the radio access network (RAN) in their jurisdictions. However, the risks associated with opt-out logistical issues, financial implications and potential political fallout may outweigh potential benefits to the governors making the decisions.

 

Fierce Mobile Government: DHS Officials Tout Resilient Communications, Capabilities Under Proposed FirstNet System

http://www.fiercemobilegovernment.com/story/dhs-officials-tout-resilient-communications-capabilities-under-proposed-fir/2015-06-10

While the multibillion-dollar development of a wireless broadband network for first responders, known as FirstNet, promises to bring interoperable communications to public safety organizations nationwide, Homeland Security Department officials recently touted how the potential capabilities and features will benefit them.

 

Radio Resource: Iowa’s FirstNet SPOC Honored for Comprehensive Outreach

http://www.radioresourcemag.com/newsArticle.cfm?news_id=12210

Connect Iowa, in collaboration with Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB), recognized Thomas Lampe.  Related Link: http://www.connectednation.org/BlogPost/iowa%E2%80%99s-firstnet-spoc-recognized-connect-iowa-broadband-hero

 

The Des Moines Register-IA: FirstNet Completes a Full Grassley

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/tech/2015/06/11/firstnet-phase-one-first-responder-network/71080764/

FirstNet, a $7 billion federal effort to set up a dedicated communications network for first responders, has completed a full Grassley of sorts.

   

Web and Social Media
There has been a steady increase in the use of FirstNet social media communications channels. The Ohio consultation meeting received considerable attention over social media.  The FirstNet Twitter account now has 2,289 followers; LinkedIn 769 users; Google+ 47 users; and YouTube 120 subscribers.  This week we posted blog entries on the Arkansas Consultation Meeting; a video tutorial on PSCR’s work on Quality of Service; and a statement congratulating Iowa SPOC Thomas Lampe for receiving an award from the Governor for his work on FirstNet.  Blogs are located at: http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 8, 2015

FirstNet News

·         We wrapped up a successful week of stakeholder engagement in San Diego, which started with the June 1 PSAC meeting, followed by the FirstNet Committee and Board meetings and the PSCR conference.  The PSAC meeting included 33 of the 40 PSAC members, and focused on discussions around the PSAC assignments for priority and preemption, public safety grade and user equipment.  Regarding the PSCR conference, FirstNet staff participated in priority and preemption and acquisition and data collection sessions.  All materials are available on the FirstNet and PSCR websites.

·         Last week, in addition to the San Diego meetings, FirstNet participated in the APCO Data Types & Security Mechanisms for Public Safety Apps meeting and the Police Executive Research Forum/Major Cities Chiefs Association Annual Conference.

·         This week, FirstNet will participate in the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association 2015 Summer Professional Development Seminar, the National Council of State Telecom Association Executives (NCSTAE), the 2015 Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference, the National Homeland Security Conference and the Montana State Fire Chiefs Association conference.

·         To date, there have been 31 initial consultation meetings which have involved almost 2,000 state, tribal, and local representatives. Overall, we have connected with more than 25,000 public safety and private sector stakeholders at more than 175 outreach and consultation engagements in fiscal year 2015 to date.  This week staff will participate in consultations in New Hampshire (6/9), New Mexico (6/10), and Ohio (6/11).

·         To date, FirstNet has received 51 of 56 completed consultation checklists. Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Vermont (6/16), Kansas (6/17), Wisconsin (6/18), North Dakota (7/9), Illinois (7/14), Alabama (7/15), Georgia (7/21), California (7/28-29), Tennessee (7/23), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa ( 8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1) and New Jersey (9/3).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker

·         The following public safety subject matter expert positions are now posted on USAJobs.com. The positions close on June 16.

o   Emergency Management Specialist (Emergency Medical Services) (ZP-0089-04)

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Location:  Negotiable After Selection, United States

DHA vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2015-0150

o   Emergency Management Specialist (911) (ZP-0089-04)

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Location:  Negotiable After Selection, United States

DHA vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2015-0151

o   Emergency Management Specialist (Fire) (ZP-0089-04)

First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)

Location:  Negotiable After Selection, United States

DHA vacancy announcement:  NTIA-FRNA-2015-0156

 

From the PSAC and States/Territories

·        The June regional SPOC/SWIC calls will be replaced by an optional webinar this month on June 25, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT.  Lesia Dickson of the Texas Public Safety Broadband Program, will be presenting on the eLearning platform that Texas has chosen, as well as the two comprehensive courses:  Introduction to Public Safety Broadband and the Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) Mobile Data Survey Tutorial (MDST).  The eLearning modules can be used as is by other states without charge at the Texas eLearning site, or other states can have the eLearning modules to adapt for their own needs, saving time and funds.  Watch for the Outlook invitation coming soon.

·        The next quarterly webinar is July 9 from 2:00-3:30 pm EDT.

 

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 focused on the PSAC, Board, and PSCR meetings.  Articles covered a variety of topics, including the Early Builder update at the PSAC meeting; the market research report at the Board meeting; Chair Swenson’s keynote to the PSCR; and the questions received on the draft RFP.

 

Urgent Communications: FirstNet's Public-Safety-Centric Mindset 'Very Different' Than Typical Federal Entity, Swenson Says

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnets-public-safety-centric-mindset-very-different-typical-federal-entity-swenson-s

FirstNet may housed in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and subject to federal rules, but public-safety users can be assured that FirstNet—and its contracted partners—plan to conduct its operations with the same urgency as first responders, according to FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson.

 

FirstNet Receives 642 Questions on Draft RFP

http://mccmag.com/newsArticle.cfm?news_id=12174

FirstNet has received 642 questions about its draft RFP and special notice. Responses to the draft RFP and special notice are due July 27 said Acting Executive Director TJ Kennedy during a June 3 board meeting Kennedy revealed data from a market research project the board conducted about the public-safety mobile data market. According to Kennedy, findings validated the major themes of the special notice and draft RFP, including the addressable market of 4 million to 13 million public-safety users for the FirstNet network.

 

Fierce Mobile Government: FirstNet Projects Progress, But Challenges Remain

http://www.fiercemobilegovernment.com/story/firstnet-projects-progress-challenges-remain/2015-06-03

The First Responder Network Authority continues to make progress as the Public Safety Advisory Committee, whose mission is to help FirstNet carry out its duties and responsibilities, hears its first formal update on pilot projects.

 

RCR Wireless News: PSAC Gets Initial Reports on FirstNet Pilot Projects

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150602/network-infrastructure/lte/psac-gets-initial-reports-on-firstnet-pilot-projects-tag6

The 40-member Public Safety Advisory Committee received its first formal update on the status of FirstNet pilot projects around the country, in the ongoing effort to lay the groundwork for a national LTE network for public safety broadband.

   

Web and Social Media
Social media activity also mainly focused on the FirstNet Board and PSAC meetings this week. The FirstNet Twitter account gained a number of followers from the meetings, and now has more than 2,260 followers; LinkedIn 757; Google+ 45; and YouTube 117 subscribers.  FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson’s keynote address from the 2015 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting is available at http://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/sue-swenson-keynote-2015-pscr-public-safety-broadband-stakeholder-meeting. The FirstNet team produced a video with PSCR on priority, preemption, and quality of service that has garnered positive attention over social media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h189vQhzWFc.


Monday, June 08, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 2, 2015

FirstNet News

·         The User Advocacy Team spent time preparing for the PSAC (6/1), Committee and Board meetings (6/2-3) this week.  The presentations are now posted on the FirstNet website,. http://www.firstnet.gov/content/public-safety-advisory-committee-meeting-june-1-2015  You may find the agenda for the Committee and Board meetings here: http://firstnet.gov/content/firstnet-board-meeting-june-2-3-2015.

 

·         If you haven’t yet had a chance, take a look at the new YouTube video produced by the Public Safety Communications Research Labs (PSCR):  “FirstNet Priority, Pre-emption, and Quality of Service Tutorial: LTE Basic Concepts". Tracy McElvaney of PSCR, does a great job of presenting these concepts in terms that everyone can understand.  https://youtu.be/h189vQhzWFc

·         This week, in addition to the PSCR Stakeholder meeting in San Diego June 3-5, FirstNet will be presenting at:  the APCO Data Types & Security Mechanisms for Public Safety Apps (June 2- San Diego, CA), the Police Executive Research Forum/Major Cities Chiefs Association Annual Conference (June 2-4, Phoenix, AZ), the Telecommunications Association of the Southeast (TASE) Summer Symposium (June 5-7, Destin, FL), and the Michigan Sheriff's Association 2015 Summer Professional Development Seminar ( June 7-9, Thompsonville, MI),

 

·         Last week FirstNet was at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) conference in Bethesda, Maryland. 

·         The 31st initial consultation meetings took place last week in Connecticut.  There were 34 state, local and tribal attendees, including law enforcement, fire, EMS, CIO, and public health representatives.  The 31 initial consultation meetings thus far have involved almost 2,000 state, tribal, and local representatives.  Overall, we have connected with more than 25,000 public safety and private sector stakeholders at more than 175 outreach and consultation engagements in fiscal year 2015 to date.

 

·         To date, FirstNet has received 51 of 56 completed consultation checklists. Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: New Hampshire (6/9), New Mexico (6/10), Ohio (6/11), Vermont (6/16), Kansas (6/17), Wisconsin (6/18), Illinois (7/14), Alabama (7/15), Georgia (7/21), California (7/28-29), Tennessee (7/23), Pennsylvania (8/4), Hawaii (8/11-12), American Samoa ( 8/13-14), Indiana (8/26), Michigan (9/1) and New Jersey (9/3).  An updated schedule can be viewed on the website tracker

 

 

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
Much of this week’s media coverage of FirstNet looked ahead to the future of public safety communications, including the release of a roadmap by NIST concerning the nationwide public safety broadband network and how it will improve operations for first responders.  The International Wireless Communications Expo ( IWCE) webinar on the FirstNet draft RFP also received coverage in a few trade publications.
 

Find Funding to Tap into žFirstNet

http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODE/MissionCritical/Default.aspx?href=MCR%2F2015%2F06%2F01&pageno=28&view=document

The First Responder Network Authority (žFirstNet) has spent the past year consulting and planning the rollout of its public safety broadband network. Once deployed, the network will provide more bandwidth and reliable data connectivity for first responders than anything currently available commercially. Even though Congress has authorized $7 billion in funding to support the initiative, it won’t come free to first responders, and getting onboard with žFirstNet could prove onerous, especially for small and medium-sized agencies that aren’t eligible for Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funds. Fortunately, a number of grant programs from both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) can fund devices and service contracts that will enable agencies to participate in žFirstNet.

 

Fierce Mobile Government: New NIST Document Envisions Broadband Public Safety Network Over Next 20 Years

http://www.fiercemobilegovernment.com/story/new-nist-document-envisions-broadband-public-safety-network-over-next-20-ye/2015-05-26

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a document that envisions what a national broadband communications network might look like in two decades, specifically focusing on location-based services to improve situational awareness for first responders…The document is based on a 2013 workshop of 150 public and private sector participants and was commissioned by PSCR, which operates a 700 megahertz public safety broadband demonstration network. Currently, an independent government entity called the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, is spearheading development of a broadband network that would address the decades-long problem of first responders to communicate with one another due to stand-alone systems and devices that are incompatible across many jurisdictions. Money has been raised through recent spectrum auctions by the federal government.

 

Urgent Communications: Changes in Public-safety Communications are Happening Quickly—and Acceleration is Likely in the Forecast

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/changes-public-safety-communications-are-happening-quickly-and-acceleration-likely-forecast

Evolution in public-safety communications has become noticeably more rapid in recent years, and the pace of change is likely to accelerate during the next several years, driven largely by developments in FirstNet and next-generation 911.

   

Web and Social Media
Social media discussion touched on next week’s meetings, local outreach conducted by the states, the annual National Hurricane Preparedness Week – which took place this week, as well as ‘The Internet of First Responder Things (IoFRT)’ – based on a blog written by WA SPOC Bill Schrier. You may find that blog here: https://schrier.wordpress.com/2015/05/25/the-internet-of-first-responder-things-iofrt/;

The FirstNet Twitter account has more than 2,239 followers; LinkedIn 737; Google+ 45; and YouTube 113 subscribers.  We published a video tutorial on priority, pre-emption, and quality of service that was developed in partnership with the PSCR on the FirstNet YouTube account:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h189vQhzWFc&feature=youtu.be