FirstNet Weekly Update - November 6, 2017
First Responder Network Authority Weekly Update to the
State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOC) – November 6, 2017
- Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina opted in to the FirstNet network last week. Stay tuned for updates and watch the State Plans Dashboard map continue to develop at www.firstnet.gov.
- Last week, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth testified in front of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on FirstNet’s progress to date.
- FirstNet Chief Customer Officer Rich Reed provided the keynote address at the Public Safety Broadband Ohio Conference last week in Columbus, and FirstNet staff also presented in a breakout session.
- FirstNet also provided a FirstNet update last week at the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association’s Annual EMS Leadership Conference in Columbus.
- Also last week, FirstNet and AT&T presented at an International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) sponsored webinar on the opening of the FirstNet Developer Program, answering questions on membership and submissions to the FirstNet App Store.
- FirstNet staff also participated in a session on public safety telecommunications infrastructure last week with the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.
- This week, FirstNet will participate in the 18th Annual TribalNet Conference & Tradeshow in Glendale, Arizona; a SAFECOM/National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) Joint Meeting in Norman, Oklahoma; the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada; the IWCE Critical LTE Communications Forum in Dallas, Texas; the Virginia EMS Symposium; the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Volunteer and Combination Officers’ Symposium in Clearwater, Florida; a meeting of the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council; the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Annual Conference in Long Beach, California; a meeting with the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas in Eagle Pass; and tribal meetings with the Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribe, and Penobscot Nation in Indian Township, Maine.
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Urgent Communications 11/2: South Carolina becomes 28th state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced that he accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state.
Bartlesville Radio 11/1: Governor Establishes Network for First Responders
Governor Mary Fallin has signed an opt-in letter with FirstNet, the First Responder Network Authority, and AT&T to strengthen public safety and increase emergency preparedness
Washington County 11/1: Washington County Sheriff’s Office is the first agency in the State of Maryland to be on the FirstNet Public Safety Communications System
Yesterday, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office became the first agency in the State of Maryland to be on the FirstNet Public Safety Communications System. FirstNet through AT&T is developing the first nationwide public safety broadband network to provide first responders the advanced communication and collaboration technologies they need to help them do their jobs safely and effectively.