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Monday, July 28, 2014

SPOC FirstNet Weekly Update - July 28

FirstNet News

·         The FirstNet Consultation and Outreach teams continue to prepare for the Maryland initial consultation meeting in Annapolis on July 29.  The meeting has drawn attention from numerous other states and trade press media, so we have completed a communications plan to quickly provide interested parties with key information and developments from this consultation meeting.  This will include an update email for all SPOCs and a blog entry on the FirstNet website.  We have received a total of 18 completed state consultation checklists from the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Washington D.C., Florida, Guam, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

·         Ed Parkinson presented at the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT)-NG911 Institute Capitol Hill Technology Showcase on July 22. The event brought together industry experts and government leaders in emergency communications. For more information on this event, please read Ed’s blog about the meeting:

·         FirstNet was the primary topic of a webinar hosted on July 23 by Urgent Communications that drew a large audience of more than 250 state and local public safety and private sector representatives.  Amanda Hilliard presented on the FirstNet consultation process and received several questions about how the forthcoming RFP fits into the state planning process. 

·         Ed Parkinson presented a webinar for the attendees of the Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN) 2014 Interoperability Conference on July 24.  He focused on the state's outreach and consultation efforts, as well as the upcoming RFP process.

·         The team is preparing for the upcoming APCO Conference in New Orleans the first week of August.  We have worked with the APCO staff to plan multiple sessions at APCO to share our updates and strategy and hope to see many of you in New Orleans.

o   Saturday Aug. 2, 2014

·      10:15-10:45 AM  Executive Council Briefing – FirstNet Overview (Ed Parkinson)

o   Sunday Aug. 3, 2014

·      2:00-2:30 PM RECCWG Region VI Meeting (Amanda Hilliard providing FirstNet update)

·      2:40-3:40  Conference Session – Information Technology and Emergency Response in the Age of FirstNet (Kevin McGinnis & Ed Parkinson with Mitch Herckis, NASCIO and Bill Schrier, Washington)

o   Monday Aug. 4, 2014

·      11:15-11:45 Presentation Theatre:  Want to learn more about FirstNet, where things stand and what’s in store? (Ed Parkinson & Amanda Hilliard)

·       4:10-5:10 Conference Session – FirstNet and Next Generation 9-1-1 Deployment (Jeff Bratcher, Amanda Hilliard & Jeff Johnson)

o  Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014

·      8:00-8:15:  Keynote – Distinguished Achievers Breakfast; Topic: Goals and direction, importance of 9-1-1, dispatch, emergency communications centers (TJ Kennedy)

·      11:15-11:45: Presentation Theatre:  Want to learn more about FirstNet, where things stand and what’s in store? (Dave Buchanan & Rich Reed)

o  Wednesday Aug. 6, 2014

·      2:20-3:20: Conference Session – FirstNet Town Hall (TJ Kennedy, Kevin McGinnis & Jeff Johnson)


Media Watch

Traditional Media – The Urgent Communications webinar was covered by our primary trade publications:

·         Clearer Timeline for FirstNet not Expected Until at Least '15

·         TR Daily (via NPSTC):  FirstNet Spectrum Lease Agreement Nearing for Harris County, Texas, Official Says

·         LTE network for US public safety taking it one step at a time


Social Media – The FirstNet Communications team worked with the Department of Commerce to place a blog entry on the Commerce homepage about our efforts to deploy a resilient public safety network.  The blog was part of Commerce’s focus on its agencies’ efforts to improve resiliency.


The FirstNet Twitter account now has more than 600 followers, and the LinkedIn account has 135 followers.  Please visit the FirstNet blog for regular stories about FirstNet activities, developments in the states, and public safety mobile applications:
Friday, July 18, 2014

WI FirstNet Newsletter - July 2014

Please find the very first newsletter dedicated to the Public Safety Broadband Wireless project in Wisconsin. It may be found here: WI FirstNet Newsletter - July 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014

Request for comments on Model City for Demonstrating and Evaluating Advanced Spectrum Sharing Technologies

NTIA and the Federal Communications Commission’s FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) issue this Joint Public Notice to seek public comment on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recommendation that the Secretary of Commerce establish a public-private partnership to facilitate the creation of an urban test city that would support rapid experimentation and development of policies, underlying technologies, and system capabilities for advanced, dynamic spectrum sharing. The test services (referenced herein as a “Model City”) for demonstrating and evaluating advanced spectrum sharing technologies could include large-scale sustainable facilities for systems-level testing in real-world environments across multiple frequency bands, including public safety and selected federal bands.

Through this Joint Public Notice, NTIA and OET seek to promote the Model City concept in conjunction with: (1) the new Center for Advanced Communications established by NTIA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and (2) the FCC’s existing experimental licensing program.

Comments will be due 45 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

FCC - EAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

From the FCC "Today we take steps to strengthen the Emergency Alert System (EAS) by proposing revisions to our EAS rules to address problems encountered during the first nationwide test of the EAS. Specifically, in light of the lessons learned from the nationwide EAS test, which occurred on November 9, 2011, this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to: (1) establish a national location code for EAS alerts issued by the President; (2) amend our rules governing a national EAS test code for future nationwide tests; (3) require broadcasters, cable service providers, and other entities required to comply with the Commission’s EAS rules (EAS Participants) to file test result data electronically; and (4) require EAS Participants to meet minimal standards to ensure that EAS alerts are accessible to all members of the public, including those with disabilities." The full report may be retrieved here: FCC 14-93A1

Monday, June 23, 2014

Interoperability Council seeks Stakeholder comment

The Wisconsin Interoperability Council is seeking stakeholder feedback on the Governance Assessment report and draft Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP) for the next 30 days.

Feedback may be submitted to Tim Pierce, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, by e-mail at

Your feedback is vital to the Interoperability Council during the formal adoption process of these two documents.

Wisconsin Governance Assessment Report

Draft Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP)