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Monday, August 21, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 21, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Last week, Arizona, Kansas, and Nevada opted in to the FirstNet network.  Stay tuned for updates, and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         FirstNet had a large presence at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) Annual Conference & Expo last week in Denver, Colorado. FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson provided a keynote address at the Distinguished Achievers Breakfast; FirstNet held a town hall with Sue, Board member Rich Stanek, Board member Kevin McGinnis, and Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher; and FirstNet staff presented on Next Generation 9-1-1 integration, State Plans and Governor’s Decision, and applications and devices, as well as staffed an exhibit booth.

 

·         FirstNet staff also participated in a meeting of the NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association’s Tribal Affairs Committee last week.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the National EMS Safety Summit in Denver, Colorado; a Cisco-Jasper Internet of Life Saving Things Event in Las Vegas, Nevada; a Virginia Public Safety Broadband Network Region III Conference in Lynchburg, Virginia; and the National Native American Law Enforcement Association Annual National Collaborative Training Event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

News from the PSAC

·         FirstNet’s PSAC Early Builders Working Group (EBWG) has their monthly teleconference this Wednesday, August 23.

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.

 

Government Technology 8/18: FirstNet for Emergency Communications: 6 Questions Answered

http://www.govtech.com/network/FirstNet-for-Emergency-Communications-6-Questions-Answered.html

The system nicknamed FirstNet was created by Congress in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Under the contract with the government, the group led by AT&T will build, operate and maintain a new nationwide communications network, providing high-speed wireless communications for public safety agencies and personnel. The network will be protected against unauthorized intrusion and strong enough to withstand disasters that might damage other communications systems. Emergency workers will be able to preempt other users’ traffic on the network, and will be able to send and receive as much data as they need to during their emergency work.

 

Telecompaper 8/18: Nevada Joins FirstNet

https://www.telecompaper.com/news/nevada-joins-firstnet--1208511

Nevada became the 15th state to join the FirstNet network following a decision by local Governor Brian Sandoval. He announced his decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a wireless broadband communications network for Nevada’s public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

 

Urgent Communications 8/17: AT&T exec discusses core-to-core interoperability, Verizon proposal, FirstNet differentiators

http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety-broadbandfirstnet/att-exec-discusses-core-core-interoperability-verizon-proposal-first

Enabling interoperability between the FirstNet public-safety LTE core being built by AT&T and the LTE cores of Verizon or other carriers is feasible technically, but doing so would be a departure from the FirstNet request for proposals (RFP) and could introduce security issues for public safety, according to an AT&T executive.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at a higher than normal rate this week, likely due in part to FirstNet’s promotional work around the APCO conference.  Twitter gained 85 new followers, now at 7,238.  Facebook has 1,653 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,787 followers.  YouTube has 540 subscribers. 


Monday, August 14, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 14, 2017

FirstNet News

·         Last week, Montana opted in to the FirstNet network.  Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy and Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher presented at the 3rd Annual Communications Infrastructure Forum in Boulder, Colorado.

 

·         FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis and FirstNet staff attended the National Association of EMS Educators’ (NAEMSE) Annual Symposium last week in Washington, DC, staffing a booth and engaging with a number of stakeholders in attendance. Kevin also attended the PINNACLE 2017 conference in Boca Raton, Florida.

 

·         FirstNet staff also traveled to El Paso, Texas last week to meet with the Tigua Nation to tour some of their expansive tribal lands and understand the communications complexities the tribe faces, including challenges posed by wildfires and numerous public safety issues along the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

·         FirstNet leadership and staff is currently in Denver, Colorado for the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Annual Conference & Expo. Information on FirstNet’s participation, including sessions and booth, is available here.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Virginia Public Safety Broadband Network/FirstNet Region II Conference in Culpepper and the NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association’s Tribal Affairs Committee.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: FirstNet Heads to the Mile High City for #APCO2017 and PSAC Association Profile: National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

 

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.

 

Government Technology 8/11: With 12 Jurisdictions on Board, FirstNet Gathers Forward Momentum

http://www.govtech.com/network/With-Jurisdictions-on-Board-FirstNet-Gathers-Forward-Momentum.html

After several years of laying the foundation for a dedicated nationwide public safety communications network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) initiative is building even more momentum as states begin to opt in. To date, a dozen states have signed on stating their intent to join the network.

 

Urgent Communications 8/10: FirstNet reviewing state-plan comments, remains on schedule for ‘opt-in/opt-out’ decisions

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-reviewing-state-plan-comments-remains-schedule-opt-inopt-out-decisions

​All states and territories have submitted formal or informal comments about their initial state plans to FirstNet, which expects to respond to the comments and integrate the input in final state plans that are slated to be distributed to governors in mid-September, according to a FirstNet official.

 

StateScoop 8/9: States cite network coverage concerns as FirstNet comments period closes

http://statescoop.com/states-cite-network-coverage-concerns-as-firstnet-comments-period-closes

The 45-day window for states to provide FirstNet feedback on its plans for a nationwide communications network for public safety closed Friday. And while 12 states and territories have now opted in to the plans put forth by the federal agency, questions remain for the 44 still mulling the decision, particularly with regard to network coverage.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 105 new followers, now at 7,152.  Facebook has 1,544 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,742 followers.  YouTube has 535 subscribers. 


Monday, August 07, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - August 7, 2017

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet has now engaged with State Plan review teams in all 56 states and territories.  Last Friday was the deadline for states and territories to provide comments to their individual State Plans; FirstNet and AT&T will now review the comments and provide feedback by mid-September. 

 

·         Last week, the U.S. Virgin Islands, New Mexico, Michigan, and Maine opted in to the FirstNet network.  Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet staff attended the Louisiana Sheriffs' and Wardens' Annual Training Conference in Destin, Florida. Following Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ opening remarks, Louisiana SPOC Jim Waskom provided a FirstNet update to sheriffs and their staff, encouraging them to attend regional outreach meetings set to begin this week.

 

·         FirstNet staff participated in a Tribal Boundaries Workgroup meeting, working with the National Boundaries Group, which coordinates boundary information sharing among federal, state, local, tribal, and private organizations.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Communications Infrastructure Summit in Boulder, Colorado; the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) Annual Symposium in Washington, DC; the PINNACLE 2017 conference in Boca Raton, Florida; an Oregon Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee (SIEC) meeting in Salem; the Rhode Island Association of Emergency Managers Conference in Warwick; a Virginia Public Safety Broadband Network Region IV conference in Abingdon; the Kansas EMS Association Conference in Mulvane; and a meeting with the Tigua Nation (formerly known as the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo) in El Paso, Texas.

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.

 

Washington Post 8/2: FirstNet, broadband network to enable police and fire responders to talk to each other, ready to launch

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/08/02/firstnet-broadband-network-to-enable-police-and-fire-responders-to-talk-to-each-other-ready-to-launch/?utm_term=.93e495f44e6d

Many police officers, firefighters and paramedics carry their own smartphones to do the things their department-issued equipment can’t. But now, 16 years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, exposed the inability of American first responders to talk to each other, a nationwide cellular network called “FirstNet” is launching to give public safety employees the ability to send data, video and text to each other. When a crisis hits and cell towers are overwhelmed, calls from first responders will preempt calls made by the public. FirstNet is expected to be operational by March.

 

MissionCritical Communications 8/2: NPSTC Approves New Interoperability Report, Work on LTE Talkgroup Common Names

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/News/NewsDetails/NewsID/15801

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) plans to enable nationwide interoperability allowing first responders to travel across the U.S. and still use their devices and applications. Working Group Chair Don Root recommended that a national framework be established quickly, saying local and state agencies will use FirstNet PTT services prior to availability of MCPTT. Those agencies will start assigning their own LTE talkgroup names to support local, regional and statewide interoperability. There is a need to establish a naming standard for nationwide talkgroups now to "reserve" those channel designations.

 

Urgent Communications 8/3: Michigan becomes first state to ‘opt-in’ to FirstNet after issuing an RFP

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/michigan-becomes-first-state-opt-firstnet-after-issuing-rfp

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today signed a letter accepting the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T. The action makes Michigan the ninth state to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system—and the first among the states that issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a vendor partner under a potential “opt-out” scenario.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 98 new followers, now at 7,047.  Facebook has 1,499 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,704 followers.  YouTube has 528 subscribers. 


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 31, 2017

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet continued to meet with SPOCs and State Plan review teams in the states and territories last week, having now engaged with almost all states and territories on their respective State Plans. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Also last week, FirstNet President TJ Kennedy and numerous FirstNet staff attended the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International (FRI) conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. FirstNet had a booth and attended various breakout sessions to engage with fire services stakeholders from across the country.

 

·         The PSAC’s Tribal Working Group (TWG) held an in-person meeting last week in Flagstaff, Arizona. FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis, PSAC Chair Tom Sorely, and FirstNet staff were in attendance. The group also presented to the Tribal-Interior Budget Council (TIBC) Public Safety & Justice Subcommittee, which met in Flagstaff.

 

·         Additionally last week, Board member Kevin McGinnis, PSAC Chair Tom Sorley, and FirstNet staff also met with Navajo Nation President Russell Begay and Vice President Jonathan Nez to discuss FirstNet, the governors’ decisions, and impacts to Navajo communities, and presented to the Navajo Nation Council and surrounding mayors, county supervisors, and chiefs of police. The presentation included an overview on Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah -- states with Navajo Nation land.

 

·         Also last week, the California State Point of Contact (SPOC) Patrick Mallon, FirstNet Board member Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth, and FirstNet staff took part in a tribal consultation meeting in Sacramento, California. The event was hosted by the California First Responder Network (CalFRN) and enabled FirstNet to hear from the state’s numerous tribal stakeholders and answer questions on California’s State Plan.

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in a State Plan Review meeting in North Dakota; a meeting of the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board Broadband Committee in Des Moines; and the Virginia State Firefighters Association Conference and Expo in Hampton.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet posted two new blogs: FirstNet: Putting Lifesaving Technologies into the Hands of Heroes and FirstNet is Developing An Applications Ecosystem With Public Safety (originally posted by ACT – The App Association).

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.

 

Emergency Management 7/27: FirstNet Becoming a Reality as the Number of States Opting in Grows to Seven

http://www.govtech.com/em/disaster/FirstNet-Becoming-a-Reality-as-the-Number-of-States-Opting-in-Grows-to-Seven.html

The summer of 2017 may well be remembered as the time when the nation’s broadband first responder network stopped being just an idea and started to become a reality.

 

IAFC 7/25: IAFC Asks Fire Service to Urge Governors to Opt into FirstNet

https://www.iafc.org/press-releases/press-release/iafc-asks-fire-service-to-urge-governors-to-opt-in-to-firstnet

The IAFC Board of Directors has issued a call to action for fire service leaders to urge governors in their states to opt into FirstNet.

 

RCRWireless News 7/25: The FirstNet core question: Can states build their own?

http://www.rcrwireless.com/20170724/carriers/firstnet-core-question-can-states-build-their-own-tag6

Verizon has asked the Federal Communications Commission to answer a question that the FCC neatly side-stepped when it laid out its guidelines for states wishing to opt out of the national First Responders Network Authority build by AT&T: can states build and operate their own network cores that would interoperate with the FirstNet core?

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 97 new followers, now at 6,949.  Facebook has 1,444 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,670 followers.  YouTube has 520 subscribers. 
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FirstNet SPOC Weekly Update - July 24, 2017

FirstNet News

·         FirstNet continued to meet with State Plan review teams in the states and territories last week. FirstNet has engaged with 50 states and territories to date, and has meetings with another four states and territories scheduled. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map develop at www.firstnet.gov.

 

·         Last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing entitled “Update on FirstNet.” Chris Sambar, Senior Vice President for AT&T-FirstNet also testified. Key topics covered at the hearing included rural coverage, hardening, cybersecurity, and the FirstNet-AT&T contract. Click here to watch an archived webcast of the hearing, or read Mike’s prepared remarks here.

 

·         FirstNet staff also presented a FirstNet update and staffed a booth last week at the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition in Columbus, Ohio.

 

·         FirstNet staff also briefed the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) last week on the FirstNet and AT&T partnership and State Plan review process. 

 

·         This week, FirstNet will be participating in State Plan Review meetings in American Samoa, Louisiana, and Montana; an in-person meeting of the PSAC Tribal Working Group (TWG) in Flagstaff, Arizona; a Tribal-Interior Budget Council (TIBC) meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona; an outreach meeting with eastern North Carolina counties; the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International in Charlotte, North Carolina – see FirstNet at booth 1139; the Oklahoma Emergency Medical Technician Association (OEMTA) Medic Update EMS Conference in Norman; a Louisiana Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee meeting in Baton Rouge; a California First Responder Network (CalFRN) tribal consultation meeting in Sacramento; and the monthly National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) teleconference.

 

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet.  Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content.  Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Urgent Communications 7/21: FirstNet, AT&T make commitments to Congress on volunteer pricing, devices, finances

http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-att-make-commitments-congress-volunteer-pricing-devices-finances

Volunteer public-safety officers subscribing to FirstNet in a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenario will realize “significant” monthly savings when compared to a traditional commercial wireless offering, an AT&T official said yesterday during a Senate subcommittee hearing.

 

Firehouse 7/19: Iowa Becomes Fifth State to Opt into FirstNet

http://www.firehouse.com/press_release/12352764/iowa-becomes-fifth-state-to-opt-into-firstnet-and-att

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her decision to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the State's public safety community. Iowa joins Virginia, Wyoming, Arkansas and Kentucky as the first states in the country to "opt in" to FirstNet and bring advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities.

 

Officer.com 7/19: Almost Reality

http://www.officer.com/article/12339178/what-the-firstnet-and-att-partnership-means-for-law-enforcement

First responders have been dreaming about their promised network for years. Then in March, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) selected AT&T to build the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and that dream is finally becoming a reality. This public-private partnership came after a rigorous bidding process that actually left AT&T the only bidder still standing. With this award, the company earned the rights to the prime broadband spectrum belonging to FirstNet and the huge responsibility of developing and running a cutting-edge network based on first responder needs.

 

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 89 new followers, now at 6,852.  Facebook has 1,410 followers.  LinkedIn now has 2,648 followers.  YouTube has 504 subscribers.