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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 26, 2015

FirstNet News

·         Preparations continue for the PSAC (6/1) and Committee and Board meetings (6/2-3) in San Diego.  The PSAC meeting will provide an opportunity for staff to brief and solicit feedback from the PSAC on a range of topics including the Roadmap, Special Notice and Draft RFP Documents, Data Collection, and the Second and Third Notices.  In addition there will be updates and discussion on the Priority and Preemption, Public Safety Grade and User Equipment assignments and updates from the Early Builder and Tribal Working Groups. The last 90 minutes of the PSAC meeting, focused on the technical and Working Group assignments, will be opened to the public (for in person attendance as well as webcast). 

·         User Advocacy conducted SPOC calls with the Region 5 and 9 states and territories this week and will complete calls with the remaining 8 regions next week.  The May calls are primarily being used to poll states on their progress in data collection and solicit feedback on the April SPOC meeting and plans for the next meeting.

·         The 28th, 29th and 30th initial consultations meetings took place this week in the Virgin Islands (VI), Maine (ME) and Idaho (ID).  The VI meeting had about 45 attendees.  The ME meeting had about 22 state and local representatives, including those from neighboring states.  The ID meeting had more than 100 state and local representatives, also including those from neighboring states.  Discussions on real world use cases at the meetings included hurricane response and large planned events in those states.

·         The 30 initial consultation meetings to date have involved nearly 1,800 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, FirstNet will be participating in the Armed Forces Communications 
and Electronics Association
(AFCEA) Law Enforcement and IT Day and the Connecticut initial consultation meeting.

·         Last week, FirstNet participated in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Information Management Conference; the NTIA hosted State Broadband Leaders Workshop; the National Association of Counties Western Interstate Region Board Meeting; the State of Texas Executive Council Priority and Preemption webinar; and the USVI, ME and ID initial consultation meetings.

·         To date, FirstNet has received 51 of 56 completed consultation checklists. Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Connecticut (5/27), New Hampshire (6/9), New Mexico (6/10), Ohio (6/11), 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.

 

News from the States and PSAC

·         Texas has launched its FirstNet online learning program at http://txlte.com/. Enrollment is required but all courses are publically available, free, and self-paced.  Additionally, two hours of continuing education credits can be earned that are honored by four Texas state agencies. The portal currently has two courses:  Introduction to Public Safety Broadband Program and ICTAP Mobile Data Survey Tutorial for FirstNet Data Collection.  States may access these courses at https://txlte.freedomlearn.com or may use the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) training packages to tailor their own courses.  Additionally, a direct link to the MDS Tutorial is now available upon selecting the MDST button on the www.publicsafetytools.info  site.  For additional info, email lesia.dickson@dps.texas.gov

·         The state of Washington has been using a new tool they developed, “Tribal Nations By The Numbers” as a way to start discussions about current capacity and future need.   According to Washington state, it demonstrates the value of the relationship between tribes and rural communities and the importance of interoperable communications to tribal and non-tribal responders and citizens. It is available for review and download

·         The delegate from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) to the Tribal Working Working Group (TWG), Randell Harris (Tlingit), will be presenting to a gathering of the Montana Indian Nations Working Group, hosted by “FirstNet in Montana” (6/9-10).  The discussion will focus on the topics of tribal engagement in statewide data collection.

·         The delegate from the American Public Health Association (APHA)--American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian (AI/AN/NH) Caucus to the TWG, Michael Bird (Santo Domingo-San Juan Pueblo), will be joining Carl Rebstock (FirstNet) and Shelley Westall (Wasington OneNet) for a panel discussion at the national Tribal Public Health Emergency Preparedness Conference (TPHEPC) in Washington State (6/9-10) and hosted by the Quinault Indian Nation.  The healthcare and public health dimensions of FirstNet to remote communities and cross-border activities will be addressed.  Michael will also be presenting the conference key note address.

·         FirstNet is assisting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) in modifying the Mobile Data Survey Tool (MDST) to better accommodate tribal contributions.  

 

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 of FirstNet included more articles about Industry Day, the Congressional Research Service Report and local reports about state consultations.
 

Fierce Mobile Government: Business Model Becomes a Focus at First-ever FirstNet Industry Day

http://www.fiercemobilegovernment.com/story/business-model-becomes-focus-first-ever-firstnet-industry-day/2015-05-20

The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, held its first industry day recently, giving contractors interested in responding to its request for proposals a chance to find out the latest goings-on. As a next step in developing a nationwide public safety broadband network, more than 425 people from federal, state and local jurisdictions plus associations and vendors mingled May 14 in person or via webcast, according to a FirstNet press release.

 

Virgin Island Daily News: Officials Ponder Internet Options for Territory's First Responders (choose “Continue to Use PressDisplay.com” option after opening the link)

http://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-virgin-islands-daily-news/20150520/281629598855873/TextView

Virgin Islands law enforcement officials met on Tuesday with representatives from FirstNet, a government agency charged with placing first responders on a high-speed Internet and cellular network.

 

Web and Social Media
In addition to the three consultation meetings, social media discussion touched on continued discussion around Industry Day, IACP Law Enforcement Information Management Conference, and the annual EMS Week, which took place this week.  The FirstNet Twitter account has more than 2,222 followers; LinkedIn 724; Google+ 45; and YouTube 111 subscribers. 

 

FirstNet blog topics this week included one on the upcoming PSAC meeting and two about EMS Week 2015 – included one from FirstNet Board Member Kevin McGinnis.  They are available at: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 20, 2015

FirstNet News

·         On 5/14 we held the Industry Day at FirstNet headquarters and broadcast via webcast.  More than 425 representatives from federal and state agencies, local jurisdictions, public safety associations, and the vendor community participated in person or via the webcast.  The presentation is available on our website at http://www.firstnet.gov/content/firstnet-industry-day-may-2015

·         The 26th and 27th initial consultations meetings took place in Louisiana (LA) and Arkansas (AR).  The LA meeting had about 85 attendees.  The AR meeting had about 70 state and local representatives, including those from neighboring states.  Discussions on real world use cases at the meetings included tornado responses and large planned events in those states.

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Maine and Idaho initial consultation meetings; the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Information Management Conference; the National Association of Counties (NACo) Western Interstate Region Board Meeting; the State of Texas Executive Council Priority and Preemption webinar, and the State Broadband Leaders Workshop (hosted by NTIA).

·         Last week, FirstNet participated in The President's NSTAC Big Data Analytics Subcommittee, the Texas Emergency Management Conference,  the Department of Commerce’s “Big-A” conference and the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day Ceremony.

·         The FirstNet Committee and Board meetings will be held June 2-3 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, followed by the PSCR conference June 3-5. Additional details may be found on the Federal Register website.

·         To date, FirstNet has received 51 of 56 completed consultation checklists. Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Virgin Islands (5/19), Maine (5/20), Idaho (5/21), Connecticut (5/27), 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

·         The 27 initial consultation meetings to date have involved more than 1,750 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.

 

News from the States and PSAC Associations

·         The Texas 2015 Emergency Management Conference (5/12-15) was attended—and included FirstNet presentations by—Brian Hobson, Brian Kassa, and Carl Rebstock.  Greater than 2,800 attendees registered, representing more than 30 agencies on the Governor’s Emergency Management Council, all three tribes within the state, and public officials from the local, state, and national governments, as well as emergency medical personnel, firefighters, law enforcement officers, Texas Military Forces, voluntary organizations and private sector partners. Officials from academia; border security and port security; cyber security; health, medical, and veterinarian care; media; telecommunications; and transportation also participated.  Topics covered a panoply of issues that touched on all aspects of response and recovery.  Details may be found at https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/conference/txEmerMgmtConf.htm

·         The PSAC will be meeting from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm PDT at the Omni Hotel in San Diego on June 1. The meeting will be open to the public from 3:15-5:00 pm PDT. Details on how to register to attend the open meeting or view the webcast will soon be posted on the FirstNet 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
Media coverage of FirstNet included articles about Industry Day and the Special Notice with Draft RFP Documents.
 

The Performance Institute: Are We Any Closer to a Nationwide Public Safety Wireless Broadband Network?

http://www.performanceinstitute.org/2015/05/12/are-we-any-closer-to-a-nationwide-public-safety-wireless-broadband-network/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-we-any-closer-to-a-nationwide-public-safety-wireless-broadband-network

Are we there yet? That’s what the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation asked at the March 11 hearing. Good question. In the world of public safety, people come to expect quick results. If your house is on fire, you are a victim of a crime, or if you are gripped with pain due to a heart attack, you expect public safety to be there within minutes. Shouldn’t those brave first responders expect the same immediacy when they need help?

 

Government Matters: Sunday Talk Shows: (WJLA at 9:30) Hosts FirstNet’s TJ Kennedy
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/05/government-matters---may-10-2015-113886.html#ixzz3a9Cg2KUH

FirstNet Acting Executive Director TJ Kennedy discusses "early builder projects," the organization's draft RFP, and staffing concerns.

 

Web and Social Media
In addition to the two consultation meetings, social media discussion touched on Industry Day, the Texas Emergency Management Conference, and National Police Week.  The FirstNet Twitter account has more than 2,196 followers; LinkedIn 711; Google+ 41; and YouTube 109 subscribers. 

 

FirstNet blog topics last week included one on the Harris County Early Builders Project and two about National Police Week 2015 – included one from FirstNet Board Member Chris Burbank. EMS Week is this week: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/national-ems-week-2015. All blogs are available at: http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

 

Additionally, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) published a blog on the deadline extension for state data collection. You may find that here: http://blog.npstc.org/2015/05/12/deadline-extended-for-state-data-collection-for-firstnet-planning/


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 11, 2015

FirstNet News

·         We held two webinars last week for federal, state, local, and tribal public safety participants to review the Special Notice and draft RFP documents and Public Notices.  The May 6 webinar had more than 75 participants, including SPOCs, PSAC members (including the Tribal Working Group), and federal agency POCs.  The May 8 webinar had more than 70 participants.  The presentation used for these two webinars was based on the April 24 Special Board Meeting materials. The team also used the webinars and a blog to announce the extension of the deadline for states to conduct initial data collection to inform our acquisition on users and coverage by 2 months to September 30, 2015.  This extension was based on requests from multiple SPOCs and will not impact the target release date of the RFP by the end of the calendar year.

·         The first Industry Day is 5/14 from 1-4 pm EDT. The in-person registration is full; those interested in attending may view the meeting via webcast on the FirstNet website. Pre-registration is not required for the webcast.

·        The State Plans team distributed emails to the 50 states and Washington DC to download the individual state coverage objectives geographic information system (GIS) data. The team is working to build the territory packages and will be disseminating them in the near future.  Please contact datacollection@firstnet.gov if you did not receive this email or with any questions.

·         This week, FirstNet will be also be participating in The President's NSTAC Big Data Analytics Subcommittee, the Texas Emergency Management Conference,  the Department of Commerce’s “Big-A” conference and the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day Ceremony.

·         FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson received the Leadership in Advancing Communications Policy Award and Washington SPOC Bill Schrier received the Leadership in Advocacy Award at APCO’s 11th Annual Public Safety Communications Leadership in Policy Awards Dinner on 5/5.

·         Other activities last week included APCO's Annual Public Safety Broadband Summit & Expo, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Tribal Telecom, LLC 4th Annual Tribal Telecom and Technology Conference, the Wisconsin Wireless Association, the FirstNet Association DC-Based Staff Briefing, the Emergency Communications Preparedness Center Executive Committee meeting and the USGS Hazards leadership briefing.

·         The 24th and 25th initial consultations meetings took place in West Virginia (WV) and Rhode Island (RI).  The WV meeting had 61 attendees and included discussions about communication use cases involving the Yeager Airport landslide, the Gas Pipeline Explosion, the Derecho in 2012, and other large planned events.  The RI meeting had about 26 state and local representatives and use case discussions covered a water search and rescue event with the U.S. Coast Guard and the establishment of a patient tracking system.

·         FirstNet would like to formally welcome our new Region II and IX Outreach leads:

Ř  Our new Region II lead David Cook based out of New York,  has over 20 years of experience in supporting emergency communications efforts from both the government and industry perspective, and is still and active fire fighter. David previously served as the Director for Outreach, NYS Office for Technology, Director, Bureau of Public Safety, Rensselaer County and the Enhanced 911 Emergency Communications Coordinator, Rensselaer County.

Ř  Our Region IX lead Keone Kali will be based out of Hawaii. Keone formerly served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Hawaii and brings 21 years of experience in information technology, business development, and senior management in both the public and private sector.  Prior to his appointment as State CIO, Mr. Kali served as Deputy CIO of Operations and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).  Mr. Kali has extensive experience working with multiple jurisdictions, municipalities, state and federal agencies, and has worked internationally under Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction programs.

·         To date, FirstNet has received 50 of 56 completed consultation checklists. Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: Louisiana (5/13), Arkansas (5/14), Virgin Islands (5/19), Maine (5/20), Idaho (5/21), Connecticut (5/27), 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

·         The initial consultation meetings to date have involved more than 1,600 state, tribal, and local representatives.  Overall, we have connected with more than 15,400 public safety and private sector stakeholders through more than 175 outreach and consultation engagements in fiscal year 2015 to date.

 

News from the States and PSAC Associations

·         We hosted the third FirstNet Briefing for Public Safety and State/Local/Tribal Association Staff Representatives at DOC Headquarters with 30 attendees from 25 organizations. The team presented and addressed questions on the Special Notice and draft RFP documents; Public Notices; and state consultation, planning and outreach including data collection. NTIA also provided a short briefing on SLIGP.

·         The Tribal Working Group (TWG) met via conference call on May 5 and the Early Builder Working Group (EBWG) on May 8.

·         The PSAC Executive Committee (EC) held its regular monthly conference call on May 8. The focus of the discussion was on updates regarding the June 1 PSAC meeting in San Diego.

·         The PSAC EC also met via conference call with members of the CTO team on May 8 to continue its work on the end user equipment assignment. A summary of work to date will be provided at the June 1 meeting.

·         The State of Maryland Interoperability Office is holding a series of forums to continue to educate public safety and its stakeholders about FirstNet, as well as the state’s other public safety technology programs that could be supported by FirstNet. This year Maryland is asking counties to speak about their programs, as well as their successes and challenges, as a way to build on what FirstNet will be able to offer them. The state will also hold a tabletop exercise in the afternoon to work through the public safety communications programs and see how and where the FirstNet network could be used.​Register here: http://regionalforums2015.eventbrite.com/​   

 

Media Watch

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

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

 

Traditional Media
Media coverage was not as heavy as last week.  Articles about FirstNet included the APCO Broadband Summit NTIA’s decision to lift the LA-RICS suspension; the release of the Special Notice/Draft RFP documents; and the Industry Day announcement.  

 

FirstNet sets 'Industry Day,' starts taking one-on-one meetings with vendors

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/firstnet-sets-industry-day-starts-taking-one-one-meetings-vendors/2015-05-02

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) made a couple of significant moves of late, setting May 14 as an "Industry Day" for interested parties to convene and beginning the process of accepting requests for one-on-one meetings with vendors starting May 15.

 

Connect Iowa Blog: FirstNet: RFP Draft is Released

http://www.connectiowa.org/blog/post/firstnet-rfp-draft-released

An article from GCN announces that FirstNet has released a draft of its request for proposal (RFP). FirstNet wanted to release the draft documents to give maximum opportunity for input for the final RFP. The final RFP is scheduled to be issued later this year.

 

Web and Social Media
In addition to the two consultation meetings, social media discussion touched on the upcoming Industry Day, the APCO Broadband Summit, and the FirstNet RFP.  The FirstNet Twitter account has more than 2,170 followers; LinkedIn 700; Google+ 41; and YouTube 107 subscribers.  FirstNet blogs from this included International Firefighters Day and Public Service Recognition Week.  They are available at:
http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

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 state or territory?  Please send it to FirstNet Outreach at outreach@firstnet.gov for possible inclusion in an upcoming update.


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

WISCOM Procedure - Effective May 4, 2015

The final version of the WISCOM Procedure explaining the use of the Regional and Statewide interoperability talkgroups has been published. It can be found here.

This procedure has been in development for an extended period of time and was recently reviewed by numerous individuals with a vast amount of experience in interoperable communications.

Any questions or comments should be directed to: DOJInteroperability@doj.state.wi.us

 


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - May 4, 2015

FirstNet News

·         Webinars have been scheduled for 5/6 and 5/8 to recap the April 24 Special Board Meeting, which focused on an overview of the Special Notice and draft RFP documents, for our key public safety stakeholders.  The April 24 Board documents are available on the FirstNet website.

·         FirstNet will be hosting an Industry Day 5/14, which is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required to attend the event in person, and FirstNet requests that you limit in person attendance to one individual per state/territory or organization, as space will be limited. If you are planning to attend onsite, please register by sending an email to FirstNetIndustryDay@firstnet.gov with the name, title, and company/organization for each attendee. FirstNet will webcast the Industry Day on its website. Pre-registration is not required for the webcast. For questions about Industry Day, please contact FirstNetIndustryDay@firstnet.gov. More information is available on the updated Doing Business with FirstNet webpage and in our recent press release at: http://www.firstnet.gov/news/firstnet-hold-industry-day-may-14-will-begin-accepting-requests-one-one-meetings-may-15

·         We held a consultation meeting last week in South Carolina with 49 state and local attendees.  This week there are two consultation meetings scheduled in West Virginia and Rhode Island.  We have held 23 consultation meetings involving more than 1,500 state, tribal, and local representatives.  Overall, we have connected with more than 15,000 public safety and private sector stakeholders through 175 outreach and consultation engagements in fiscal year 2015 to date.

·         The pre-publication version of the Third Notice is available on the FirstNet website and on the Federal Register website. It is scheduled to be published on 5/5. This Third Notice responds to comments and further clarifies proposed interpretations related to the definition and scope of the term “public safety entity” as used in FirstNet’s enabling legislation and as discussed in the First Notice.  Comments in response to this Third Notice will be due 30 days after it’s published; an FAQ on the Third Notice is available here:  http://firstnet.gov/resources.

·         The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report on FirstNet. The FirstNet response may be found in Appendix IV on pages 65-66 of the report.

·         Last week, FirstNet participated in the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) Summit, the 2015 Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Conference, the Minnesota Public Safety Interoperable Communications Conference, the California USDA Rural Development Grant Managers Conference, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Fly-In, the 2015 Wireless Infrastructure Show, the Canada-United States Communications Interoperability Working Group (CANUS CIWG) meeting and the Metro Fire Chiefs Conference.

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in APCO's Annual Public Safety Broadband Summit & Expo, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Tribal Telecom, LLC 4th Annual Tribal Telecom and Technology Conference, the Wisconsin Wireless Association, the FirstNet Association DC-Based Staff Briefing and the Emergency Communications Preparedness Center Executive Committee meeting.

·         To date, FirstNet has received 50 of 56 completed consultation checklists. Confirmed upcoming initial consultation meetings are: West Virginia (5/5), Rhode Island (5/6), Louisiana (5/13), Arkansas (5/14), Virgin Islands (5/19), Maine (5/20), Idaho (5/21), Connecticut (5/27), 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

 

News from the Public Safety Advisory Committee’s Tribal Working Group (TWG)

·         The TWG has a conference call scheduled for 5/5.

 

News from the States and PSAC Associations

·         A FirstNet briefing for Washington DC-based staff representatives of the public safety and state/local/tribal associations is 5/7; this is a follow up to an earlier briefing held in September 2014.  Currently we have 35 representatives attending from 26 organizations.

 

Media Watch

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

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

 

Traditional Media
This week saw a large volume of media reports about FirstNet activities, including recap of the Board meeting, release of the Special Notice/Draft RFP documents, the NASCIO fly-in event, GAO report findings, and the Industry Day announcement. Going forward, we anticipate additional reports on the Second Notice comments, as well as NTIA’s decision to restart the LA-RICS project under the revised plan.

 

TR Daily: FirstNet to hold Industry Day May 14

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today announced that it plans to hold an Industry Day May 14 to discuss its recently released special notice and request for proposals (RFP) (TRDaily, April 27). The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. in the Dallas L. Peck Memorial Auditorium at the U.S. Geological Survey building in Reston, Va., which is where FirstNet is based. The Industry Day will also be webcast. “This is a key opportunity for members of the public safety community, the vendor community, and the public to engage in a dialogue with FirstNet about our proposed acquisition approach to deploy the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN),” said FirstNet acting Executive Director TJ Kennedy. “We encourage local, state, tribal, and federal agencies, market participants, and the public to participate in this event and in future opportunities to provide direct feedback to FirstNet on acquisition matters affecting the NPSBN.” FirstNet also announced today that will begin on May 15 accepting requests for meetings with vendors.

 

GovTech: State CIOs Seek Help on Cyber, Answers on FirstNet

http://www.govtech.com/state/State-CIOs-Seek-Help-on-Cyber-Answers-on-FirstNet.html State CIOs hope to secure more federal support for cybersecurity efforts, more details about FirstNet and more options for broadband grants as they meet with officials in Washington, D.C., this week.  Multiple state CIOs are meeting with officials from the White House, federal agencies and Congress Wednesday as part of the NASCIO Midyear Conference to focus attention on state-level IT issues and press for policy changes.

 

GCN: FirstNet releases draft RFP

http://gcn.com/articles/2015/04/29/firstnet-draft-rfp.aspx

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board released a draft RFP for the construction, operation, maintenance and improvement of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) for local, state, regional, tribal and federal first responders. To date, FirstNet has published 13 RFIs and held multiple meetings with vendor meetings and state officials to determine how to best leverage existing capabilities and best practices to meet the needs of a nationwide public safety network. With this draft RFP, it is seeking comments on all aspects of the acquisition strategy/approaches, including the proposed pricing concepts and operational architecture principles.

 

Fierce Wireless: Regional carriers urge FirstNet to 'maximize interoperability'

http://www.fiercewireless.com/tech/story/regional-carriers-urge-firstnet-maximize-interoperability/2015-04-29?utm_campaign=SocialMedia
The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) wants the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to adopt technical requirements for the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) that maximize interoperability of the network. The CCA made its stance known when it filed its comments with FirstNet earlier this week. CCA also is urging FirstNet to provide states the opportunity to evaluate detailed FirstNet plan information in the opt-out process and to clarify key concepts set out in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, FirstNet's enabling legislation.

 

Web and Social Media
The Special Notice and Draft RFP documents received considerable attention over social media, as did the CIO meeting.  The FirstNet Twitter account has grown to over 2,130 followers; LinkedIn 686; Google+ 40; and YouTube has 106 subscribers.  FirstNet blogs are available at:
http://www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog