FirstNet Weekly Update - May 8, 2017
- Last week, FirstNet Board member Rich Stanek provided a keynote address at the Minnesota Public Safety Communications Conference in St. Cloud. In addition, FirstNet staff provided FirstNet updates in separate breakout sessions.
- FirstNet also delivered updates at joint meetings of SAFECOM and the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) in San Antonio, Texas last week. Discussions focused on the partnership announcement and the State Plan review process.
- FirstNet President TJ Kennedy spoke at the “Nothing but ‘Net’” Conference in French Lick, Indiana last week. FirstNet staff also provided FirstNet updates and presentations on State Plans and devices.
- Also last week, TJ Kennedy presented at a meeting of the Major Cities Chiefs Association Technology Committee in Chicago, Illinois.
- FirstNet Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher also gave a FirstNet update at the Colorado Public Safety Radio Summit in Denver last week.
- In addition, FirstNet staff participated in a tribal listening session at the Regional Joint Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference in Suquamish, Washington last week.
- This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Law Enforcement and Public Safety Technology Forum in Washington, DC; the California EMS Administrators Conference in Oswego, New York; a meeting of the West Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee in Charleston; the FirstNet Georgia May Conference in Forsyth; the Arkansas Crime Info Center Conference in Little Rock; a meeting of the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission in Barre; a meeting of the Alabama First Responder Wireless Commission in Montgomery; meetings of the Arkansas Interoperable Communications and Executive committees in Little Rock; a meeting of the Montana Statewide Interoperability Governing Board in Helena; a meeting of the New Hampshire Statewide Interoperability Committee in Concord; and the Tribal Law Enforcement Executive Symposium on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon.
- Last week, FirstNet posted one new blog: Recognizing Fire Service Personnel on International Firefighters’ Day.
- The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who wish to serve on the FirstNet Board. One of the 12 nonpermanent Board member seats is currently vacant, and the appointments of four current nonpermanent Board members expire this August. The Federal Register Notice may be found here. Expressions of interest are due May 22.
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Web and Social Media
FirstNet’s social media presence grew at its normal rate this week. Twitter gained 58 new followers, now at 6,099. Facebook has 1,094 followers. LinkedIn now has 2,334 followers. YouTube has 435 subscribers.