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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.


Monday, July 18, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 18, 2016

FirstNet News  

·         Mike Bostic joined the FirstNet team last week as the Senior Law Enforcement Advisor. Mike served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 34 years, retiring as an Assistant Chief. Most recently, he severed as the public safety advocacy director in Raytheon Company and Nokia Corporation, focused on public safety communications. Mike has a wide spectrum of policing experience and held significant roles in communications and information systems in both policing and the private sector. Mike is working remotely from California and can be reached at Michael.Bostic@firstnet.gov or 571-599-0658.

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 30 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings. Last week included meetings in Oklahoma with the Public Safety Broadband Governing Board and in West Virginia with the Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee. Primary discussion topics at both included the 90-day State Plan review and decision process, the importance of tribal input to the opt-in/opt-out decision, and rural coverage.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet Board Member Governor Jim Douglas and Director of Government Affairs Edward Parkinson traveled to Des Moines, Iowa for the annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA). There were no formal FirstNet presentations, but both engaged in informal discussions with various governors and governors’ staff.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet hosted a Region 5 Quality of Service, Priority, and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, with 37 attendees. Attendees provided valuable feedback regarding the need for standardized policies and procedures, including the importance of documenting requirements for local network control.

 

·         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. Through this meeting, we will keep federal stakeholders informed and up-to-date on FirstNet developments and current efforts, expand outreach to regional stakeholders, and gain a better understanding of how to support federal operational needs in the region. For additional details on registration, contact FederalConsultation@FirstNet.gov

 

·         This week, FirstNet is participating  in the Pinnacle 2016 EMS Leadership & Management Conference in San Antonio, Texas; the Idaho First Responder Net Outreach Effort in Post Falls; a Tennessee Governance Body meeting in Franklin; a ConnectME Advisory Board meeting in Hallowell, Maine; a Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation Tribal Leadership meeting on the Colville Reservation in Washington; a Wisconsin Homeland Security Council meeting in Madison; the 2016 Arkansas Interoperability conference in Little Rock; the National Association of Counties (NACo) 81st Annual Conference and Exposition in Long Beach, California; and the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association meeting in Sykesville.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted a blog entry on tribal first responders, Q&A With Poarch Band of Creek Indians: Mobile Data, Rural Coverage Key To Emergency Response, and started a new blog series called “10 Ways FirstNet Will Help Public Safety Save Lives and Secure Communities” that is available here:  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 Comm 7/14: Congress needs to offer a bigger carrot, if it wants a potential 911-funding stick to have any meaning

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-offer-bigger-carrot-if-it-wants-potential-911-funding-stick-have-any-meaning?page=1

Exactly what the federal government’s long-term role in 911 should be is something that needs to be determined soon, particularly if the goal of migrating to NG911 by 2020 hopes to have any chance of becoming a reality… This timing is especially appropriate given the projected timing of the FirstNet system that is designed to deliver next-generation media and applications to first responders in the field, because FirstNet and NG911 deployments clearly are complementary initiatives

 

RCR Wireless News 7/13: Rivada Networks looks to tap new technology to bolster FirstNet

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160713/carriers/rivada-networks-looks-tap-new-technology-bolster-firstnet-tag2

The First Responder Network Authority was provided with the 700 MHz D-Block license and more than $6 billion in funding from the FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction to entice firms into a new partnership. This effort has drawn interest from a number of established carriers, including Verizon Wireless and AT&T, as well as new entities.  One of those entities is Rivada Networks.  Rivada last month unveiled vendor partners lined up to help the company in its efforts to build out a nationwide public safety network should it win a part or all of the FirstNet bidding process. Rivada said partners include Harris Corporation, Ericsson, Nokia, Intel Security, Fujitsu Network Communications and Black & Veatch.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow.  Facebook has 220 followers, Twitter gained 15 new followers and is now at 3,888 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,600 followers.  YouTube now has 292 subscribers.
Monday, July 11, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 11, 2016

FirstNet News  

·         The Federal Consultation Team met last week with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Public Safety Communications Working Group and, along with FirstNet CTO staff, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) CIO, providing updates on current FirstNet activities and other topics such as the current vision for the application and device ecosystem.

 

·         This week, FirstNet Board Member Governor Jim Douglas and Director of Government Affairs Edward Parkinson are traveling to Des Moines, Iowa for the annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA). Currently 30 governors are scheduled to attend, and both presumptive Presidential nominees have been invited.

 

·         Also this week, FirstNet is participating in the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association Southeast Regional Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia; the Alaska Governance Workshop in Anchorage; the Region 5 quality of service, priority and preemption (QPP) consultation task team (CTT) meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota; the New York State Chiefs of Police Summer Meeting in Buffalo; the 2016 First Responder Resource Group conference in Washington, DC; the Florida EMS ClinCon in Orlando; the West Virginia Governance Body meeting in Sutton; the Oklahoma Governance Body meeting in Oklahoma City; the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Interior Budget Council meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota; the Virginia Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability-Region II meeting in Culpepper; the Arizona Fire Chiefs 2016 Fire & EMS Leadership conference in Glendale; the Tennessee EMS Education Association conference in Murfreesboro; and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blog entries: Connecting with the Public Safety Community Through Social Media and FirstNet Outlines Key Steps for Development of State Plans, Interoperability Requirements. 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.


Safer Buildings Coalition 07/07: FirstNet Bid Update – Marching Forward

http://saferbuildings.org/firstnet-gears-accelerated-march-forward/

The window for bidding in the First Responder Network Authority’s request for proposals has closed, evaluations are underway and a contract is expected to be awarded by early November if all goes as hoped. The brain-storming phase of the planned nationwide network is morphing into the doing phase, and FirstNet officials are warning that the next 18 months will be a whirlwind of activity and decisions. As momentum surrounding the FirstNet bid gathers, there will be more integral involvement from players in the federal sector, new task teams launched and accelerated outreach to the states and major metropolitan areas to get the right message out to the front lines.

 

Homeland Preparedness News 07/06: FirstNet prepares for deployment of nationwide public safety broadband network

https://homelandprepnews.com/countermeasures/19193-firstnet-prepares-deployment-nationwide-public-safety-broadband-network/

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) moved forward on Friday with its preparations for a public-private partnership to deploy and operate a nationwide public safety broadband network. During their meeting in Chicago, the FirstNet board of directors provided strategic guidance for the overall plan and indicated that deployment remains on track for November.

 

The National Law Review 07/05: FirstNet Resolutions

http://www.natlawreview.com/article/incentive-auction-update-foreign-ownership-enforcement-robocalls-firstnet

Last week the Board of Directors of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) met in Chicago, Illinois and adopted resolutions approving a new five-year lease for its technical headquarters in Boulder, Colorado and updated the charter for the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).  FirstNet’s leadership also provided strategic guidance to position itself for a public-private partnership and eventual deployment of the network following the award of the contract, which remains on track for November 2016.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow.  Facebook has 193 followers, Twitter gained 10 new followers and is now at 3,870 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,596 followers.  YouTube now has 290 subscribers.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 5, 2016

FirstNet News  

·         FirstNet held an open public joint meeting of the FirstNet Governance and Personnel, Finance, Technology, and Consultation and Outreach Committees on June 29 in Chicago, Illinois, followed the next day by an open public meeting of the full FirstNet Board. Additional details can be found in the press release on the FirstNet website.

 

·         FirstNet has now completed 28 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings, with a presentation to the Utah Communications Authority (UCA) in Sandy on June 28. The meeting was attended by roughly 40 public safety representatives from various local, state, and tribal organizations, including the Governor's General Counsel, the Director of the Utah Department of Indian Affairs, Paul Patrick (PSAC Member representing the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMO)), and numerous police and fire chiefs from around the state. Questions centered on general timelines for adoption, the Governor's decision, land mobile radio (LMR) vs. long-term evolution (LTE) networks, rural vs. urban build-out processes, and FirstNet network coverage, user costs, and sustainability.

 

·         On June 29, FirstNet held the Region I Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meeting with more than 25 public safety representatives from across multiple jurisdictions and disciplines. Participants focused largely on the definition of network users and how those definitions would play out operationally during an incident, while others provided valuable feedback regarding how they envisioned different users utilizing the FirstNet network.

 

That same day, FirstNet hosted a QPP CTT webinar with five Nevada public safety officials. The discussion focused on the different network states, the effect of user devices on cell sectors, and the provisioning of QPP profiles to meet Nevada’s needs. Participants also expressed a desire to receive training on the network and possibly conduct a scenario-based exercise.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet staff provided updates to approximately 30 attendees representing metropolitan areas at the National Homeland Security Conference in Tampa, Florida. Specifically, the staff discussed the path to network deployment, status of the PSAC and its membership, device compatibility, applications, and potential uses of the FirstNet network for public safety.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet attended OhioFirst.Net’s LTE Pilot Media Day in Beavercreek and spoke to the group, including industry representatives, about the origins of FirstNet, what the network promises from a national perspective, and various LTE topics. The media day also provided FirstNet with an opportunity to talk with the two co-state single points of contact (SPOCs) for Ohio.

 

·         FirstNet posted a new blog by Rich Reed, Chief Customer Officer, on the goals of the new Chief Customer Office (CCO). All blog posts can also be accessed at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog

 

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in a meeting with the Maryland SPOC and other state officials in Annapolis; the Virginia Regional preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability – Region V meeting in Chesapeake; a discussion with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in Washington, DC; a Virginia Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security meeting in Richmond; and the Nebraska EMS Conference in Kearney.

 

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 Comms 6/30: FirstNet announces new staff positions as organization prepares for post-award challenges

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-announces-new-staff-positions-organization-prepares-post-award-challenges

FirstNet this week took steps to begin the transition from a startup organization focused on the procurement process to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network to one that is prepared to deliver services to first-responder customers, including the establishment of two new units.

 

Urgent Comms 6/28: Big-picture question about FirstNet’s commercial role bubbles to the surface

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface

During last week’s hearing about FirstNet, U.S. senators focused on the need to address rural issues, including topics like deployment timelines and coverage for first responders in sparsely populated areas—geographic regions that tend to be served last by the commercial space, if they are served at all. Given this commercial history and the fact that FirstNet is in the process of selecting a team of commercial partners, the senators’ desire to protect rural public-safety users is understandable. However, Congress did a good job protecting those interests by including rural-coverage requirements in the legislation that established FirstNet.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow.  Facebook has 181 followers, Twitter gained 20 new followers and is now at 3,861 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,589 followers.  YouTube now has 286 subscribers.
Monday, June 27, 2016

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - June 27, 2016

FirstNet News  

·         The FirstNet Board will convene an open public meeting on June 30, 2016 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. CST, preceded by an open public meeting of the FirstNet Governance and Personnel, Finance, Technology, and Consultation and Outreach Committees on June 29, 2016 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. CST. The meetings will be held at 172 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 and available via webcast on the FirstNet website. For more information click here

·         FirstNet published a new entry on its blog: Smart Response for Smart Cities, which included a companion video explaining how the FirstNet Network will support Smart City initiatives, including the Internet of Things.  All blog posts can also be accessed at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog

·         FirstNet has now completed 27 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings, with meetings in Ohio, New Mexico, and the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) last week. Discussions at these engagements focused on the opt-in/opt-out decision and timeline, sustainability and coverage of the FirstNet network, the deployment process, subscription and device costs, and user fees in both rural and urban areas. These meetings have increasingly been paired with metropolitan and executive consultation elements, in addition to Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption (QPP) Consultation Task Team (CTT) meetings. Region VI held its QPP CTT engagement following the New Mexico Governance Body meeting, which included 30 public safety representatives.

·         Last week, FirstNet participated in a meeting of the Canada-United States Communications Interoperability Working Group in Ottawa, Canada. The meeting was co-chaired by Public Safety Canada and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with representation from the Federal Communications Commission, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, Canadian Border Services, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, amongst others.

·         This week, FirstNet is participating in the Idaho FirstNet planning committee meeting in Fort Hall; Ohio FirstNet long term evolution (LTE) Pilot Media Day in Beavercreek; the National Homeland Security Conference in Tampa, Florida; the Utah Governance Body meeting in Sandy; Chicago Police and Fire Department meetings; a Pennsylvania North Central Regional Task Force meeting in Williamsport; the Region 1 QPP CTT meeting in Framingham, Massachusetts; the Washington-Allegany-Garrett Interoperability Network Committee briefing in Cumberland, Maryland; the FirstNet Committee and Board meetings in Chicago, Illinois; the Virginia Regional Preparedness Advisory Committee for Interoperability (RPAC-I) Region 7 meeting in Fairfax; and the Missouri EMS Association meeting in Lake of the Ozarks.

 

News from the PSAC

·         The Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) and Local Control Task Teams are on track to submit their final recommendations to FirstNet via the PSAC Executive Committee (EC) no later than July 28, 2016.

·         Last week, FirstNet attended two major law enforcement events in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Board member Sheriff Rich Stanek attended the Major County Sheriffs’ Association Summer Meeting in his capacity as the group’s Vice President for Homeland Security, providing updates on FirstNet to the Homeland Security Committee. Sheriff Stanek, Ehrin Ehlert, and PSAC Chair Chief (Ret.) Harlin McEwen also attended the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference, and presented at multiple committee meetings including the Emerging Technology and Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Committee.

·         Also engaging the law enforcement community, Chief McEwen and Amanda Hilliard provided FirstNet and PSAC updates to over 100 attendees representing 48 states and territories (primarily state police), approximately 15 federal agencies, and Canada at The International Justice and Public Safety network (Nlets) 49th Annual Business Meeting. Approximately half of the state attendees indicated participation in state FirstNet planning efforts.

·         FirstNet President TJ Kennedy provided a brief FirstNet update to the Criminal & Social Justice Committee at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 84th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. In his remarks, President Kennedy stressed the importance of Mayors’ participation to gain support for network deployment and encourage service adoption.

 

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 6/23:  If FirstNet is Not the Answer, Does Someone Have a Better Alternative?

http://urgentcomm.com/blog/if-firstnet-not-answer-does-someone-have-better-alternative

If this was a typical government program built on the notion that it would return to Congress and seek additional funding, there might be an argument to kill FirstNet. But that’s not the case. If a contractor performs in the manner outlined in the RFP, FirstNet should be self-sustaining for 25 years.  In other words, FirstNet should require no more taxpayer funding for the next 25 years, as a result of a public-private partnership agreement. Isn’t that what every Republican—and every taxpayer—wants from a government initiative?

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet social media continues to grow.  Facebook has 172 followers, Twitter gained 45 new followers and is now at 3,842 followers, while LinkedIn has 1,577 followers.  YouTube now has 286 subscribers.