OEC Outreach Clips: Homeland Security making progress hiring cyber talent, Source Federal Times

The Department of Homeland Security is reporting positive results from its first-ever DHS Cyber and Tech Job Fair, which was held July 27-28 in Washington, D.C.  The DHS event saw 14,000 applicants, 2,500 walk-in candidates, 842 on-site interviews, 400 prospective job offers and 120 new employees within 60 days, according to a statement by Secretary Jeh Johnson as part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month celebrations.    “We thank Congress for new legal authorities in support of our cyber recruitment and retention efforts,” Johnson said. “The department is maximizing its use of these authorities to build our cyber workforce. We also thank the Office of Personnel Management for granting DHS the authority to hire 1,000 cyber professionals this calendar year.” Homeland Security making progress hiring cyber talent

OEC Outreach Clips: A massive cyberattack blocked your favorite websites; FBI and Homeland Security are investigating, Source Los Angeles Times – CA

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are investigating a massive cyberattack that stopped or slowed access to Twitter, Spotify, Amazon and other sites Friday by targeting a firm responsible for routing Internet traffic their way.  Dyn, a New Hampshire Internet services company, reported around 4 a.m. PDT that a large-scale attack temporarily overwhelmed its servers. By 6:30 a.m., the company said, service was back to normal, but around 9 a.m., Dyn again said it was under attack. Just before 11 a.m., Dyn said it was investigating “several attacks,” which were “resolved” around 3 p.m. Pacific time.  Dyn links Web addresses to specific numeric codes, called IP addresses, that computers use to communicate with each other. Because so many companies rely on Dyn as a go-between, the effect was widespread. A massive cyberattack blocked your favorite websites; FBI and Homeland Security are investigating

OEC Outreach Clips: Inside look: Fire, emergency responders test FirstNet, Source Fire Chief – OH

Public safety providers in central Ohio had the chance to experience the future of broadband for managing emergency incidents.  Using a dedicated public safety 700 MHz LTE broadband network — FirstNet — constructed exclusively for this event, public safety personnel from fire, law enforcement, EMS, public safety telecommunications and other agencies came together to learn what a dedicated high-speed data will mean for public safety agencies in the United States. Inside look: Fire, emergency responders test FirstNet

OEC Outreach Clips: What the elimination of pdvWireless may indicate about the timing of the overall FirstNet project, Source Urgent Communications

Believe it or not, we are just 12 days from Nov. 1, the target date that FirstNet officials established to announce which bidding team will be named as the contractor to build, maintain and upgrade the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) for the next 25 years.  What will we learn at the time of the announcement? Aside from the identity of the winning contractor team, no other information has been confirmed.  In addition, the Nov. 1 date is not set in stone—FirstNet officials have always acknowledged the possibility that the announcement timing could be later than Nov. 1, depending on circumstances surrounding the request-for-proposals (RFP) process. More recent public statements by FirstNet officials have indicated that the announcement could happen in the November timeframe. What the elimination of pdvWireless may indicate about the timing of the overall FirstNet project

OEC Outreach Clips: Government Technology 10/19: Need for FirstNet Greater Than Ever, First Responders Say

The government organization charged with building the nation’s first high-speed data network for first responders says it will make its first contract award soon. It will likely happen in November, although no firm date is set. With an award on the $7 billion First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) program potentially just weeks away, first responders say that despite years of planning, they still have more questions than answers when it comes to the future LTE communications backbone. http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Need-for-FirstNet-Greater-Than-Ever-First-Responders-Say.html

FirstNet Weekly Update to the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) – October 24, 2016

FirstNet News

FirstNet participated last week in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference in San Diego, California. FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson, Board members Chris Burbank and Rich Stanek, and President TJ Kennedy led and presented at workshops and committee meetings, speaking on the progress of FirstNet and answering many questions. Sue Swenson also addressed the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) town hall on Sunday, which was held concurrently with the IACP Conference.

FirstNet has completed 44 State Governance Body Consultation Meetings with a meeting in Connecticut last week. On Tuesday, FirstNet met with the Connecticut Public Safety State Interoperability Executive Committee in Hartford. Most of the discussion revolved around the current timeline for a network partnership, State Plan presentation, and deployment of the FirstNet network.

On Thursday, FirstNet met with the Florida Sheriffs Association’s leadership in Tallahassee to discuss the state’s data collection efforts and how the association can help educate the 67 sheriffs’ departments across the state on FirstNet. In addition, the team provided a FirstNet overview to the Tallahassee Fire Rescue Department and fielded questions from the firefighters and medics on how the FirstNet Network will help them do their jobs.

FirstNet was also in Lincoln, Nebraska last week attending a Wednesday meeting of the Nebraska Public Safety Broadband Working Group. FirstNet provided an update on FirstNet and the timing of FirstNet’s network partner selection.

This week, FirstNet will be participating in the Nebraska APCO/NENA Conference – 9-1-1 Goes to Lincoln in Lincoln; a National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators meeting in Kansas City, Missouri; the Virginia Governance Body Meeting in Roanoke; the Virginia APCO/NENA Interoperability Conference in Roanoke; the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Special Committee on Wireless Communication Technology Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida; the Tennessee Highway Safety and Operations Conference in Nashville; the California Fire Chiefs Association Annual Conference in Sacramento; The Oregon Fire District Directors Association Conference in Bend; and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement public meetings in Nashville (TN), Atlanta (GA), Frankfort (KY), Montgomery (AL), Morrisville (NC), Columbia (SC), and Orlando (FL).

Please remember to register for the Fall 2016 SPOC Meeting, and book your hotel before the block closes on October 26.

FirstNet posted two blog entries this past week: Dedicated Broadband Plays Key Role in Emergency Management and Broadening Consultation in the Big Sky State. All blog posts are available on the FirstNet blog at: www.firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog.

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Government Technology 10/19: Need for FirstNet Greater Than Ever, First Responders Say

http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Need-for-FirstNet-Greater-Than-Ever-First-Responders-Say.html

The government organization charged with building the nation’s first high-speed data network for first responders says it will make its first contract award soon. It will likely happen in November, although no firm date is set. With an award on the $7 billion First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) program potentially just weeks away, first responders say that despite years of planning, they still have more questions than answers when it comes to the future LTE communications backbone.

Fire Chief 10/20: Inside Look: Fire, emergency responders test FirstNet

http://www.firechief.com/2016/10/20/inside-look-fire-emergency-responders-test-firstnet/

Public safety providers in central Ohio had the chance to experience the future of broadband for managing emergency incidents. Using a dedicated public safety 700 MHz LTE broadband network — FirstNet — constructed exclusively for this event, public safety personnel from fire, law enforcement, EMS, public safety telecommunications and other agencies came together to learn what a dedicated high-speed data [network] will mean for public safety agencies in the United States.

Web and Social Media

FirstNet’s social media presence grew at the normal rate this week.  Twitter gained 23 new followers, now at 4,399.  Facebook has 470 followers.  LinkedIn now has 1,713 followers.  YouTube has 341 subscribers.

 

Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, October 24, 2016

Traveling and Possible FirstNet Delays No, it’s not Friday, it’s Monday and you are receiving the weekly Public Safety Advocate a few days late. I was traveling to Auburn University last week where I gave a lecture to Samuel Ginn Engineering School students and faculty who are taking part in the only wireless engineering degree program of which I am aware. It was a great experience, Sam Ginn was there to introduce me and Ed Reynolds, a FirstNet board member and someone I worked for as a consultant long ago, was also there to lend his support. The speech was to a standing room only group of bright future wireless engineers and the faculty members shepherding them through the process. I was also given a tour of the engineering school and spent some time in several of the labs.

I was pleased and amazed to see that some of the engineering research underway is based on the needs of the Public Safety community. Some of the issues we have been discussing are being explored and many of the problems including in building location, multi-network connectivity, and others are on the table. I don’t think many people within the Public Safety community are aware of this research and I made several suggestions to increase Auburn’s researcher’s visibility in the Public Safety community. All in all, it was a very good and rewarding trip!

FirstNet While I was on the road I read the news about the pdvWireless RFP response being turned down by FirstNet. I also heard rumors from all over the United States that FirstNet will delay the RFP winner announcement until (and here are the rumors): after the elections for political reasons, for at least a year because of federal politics, both or none of the above, but still a delay. Since these are all rumors and there were so many all at once I have not tried to chase any of them to ground. I don’t plan to spend much time on rumors except to say it is interesting that all of the rumors seemed to have started the same week. FirstNet does not need more delays, nor does it need, at this late date, for politics to stand in the way of moving forward with the network. I think it is safe to say that if this network was being built by a fully private company it would have been up and running by now. Instead, FirstNet has had to deal with a lot of government rules, regulations, and red tape. Most of these are to make sure everything is done correctly and meets the intent and fairness the U.S. government wants to achieve. However, this does create delays, and I am sure it increases costs and has other effects. I don’t have an answer except to say if politics is to blame for getting in the way of FirstNet progress it is very sad indeed. This is about life, limb, and property, not about who is owed what favor by whom.

It is unfortunate the FirstNet RFP was issued the same year as a major and contentious U.S. presidential election. It is also unfortunate that there have been some attempts by some vendors to create uncertainly as to what states are permitted to do if they opt out. Still, it appeared to me as though we were moving in the right direction. At the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in San Diego last week, FirstNet was present and optimistic, vendors were making the rounds but being circumspect, and it appeared as though it was only a matter of days before the next big FirstNet step. Now we will have to wait and see what FirstNet will do and if, in fact, it will announce the RFP award in November or wait. Another theory about the delay floating out in the ether has to do with the lackluster response to the 600-MHz reverse auction where there appears to be a stalemate. TV broadcasters started out being greedy about what they wanted to be paid to vacate their 600-MHz spectrum, demanding more than $86 billion for 120 MHz of spectrum. The bidders that want to use the spectrum for commercial broadband services were willing to pay a total of $23 billion so round one ended without any winners on either side.

In September, round two was started and ended after one round. TV stations asked for about $55 billion and commercial operators offered even less than in round one at just over $21 billion. Some seem to think the FirstNet RFP announcement is being delayed so all the bidders for the 600-MHz spectrum will stay in the auction instead of dropping out because they benefited from the FirstNet award. I don’t subscribe to this theory but anything is possible. The 600-MHz auction bidders seem to be interested in the spectrum but at a reasonable price per MHz, not what TV broadcasters (that did not pay for the spectrum in the first place) believe it is worth to them. I think the real issue with the 600-MHz spectrum auction is not FirstNet but rather the fact that network operators are moving as fast as they can to 5G, which means lots of small cells in much higher portions of the spectrum. While 600 MHz is prime, wide-area spectrum, carriers are focusing more on prime very small coverage area spectrum in order to gain both capacity and speed on their networks. I do wish FirstNet would move on with the process since there are so many things that need to be done before starting construction. For my part, I hope all the rumors are unfounded and FirstNet moves ahead rapidly, the winners and losers accept the outcome, and find ways to continue to work with the Public Safety community moving forward. Perhaps that is too much to hope for but it is the right thing and the best thing for the Public Safety community. Andrew M Seybold

Telstra spruiking new mobile serviceEh Class Magazine via Google Alerts Oct 23 23:35 To create the prioritised mobile broadband spectrum Telstra has carved out 160MHz of LTE spectrum dedicated to police, SES, fire crews and …

AT&T announces it will acquire Time Warner for $85 billionBoy Genius Report Oct 22 20:45 Following numerous reports of an imminent deal, AT&T on Saturday night announced that it plans to acquire media giant Time Warner for $107.50 per share, or $85 billion. The deal, which represents a healthy premium over Time Warner’s $89.48 closing price on Friday, will be a cash and stock deal financed in part by a massive $40 billion loan. Should the deal be approved by regulators, AT&T will take control of HBO, CNN, TNT, Warner Bros. studio and the rest of Time Warner’s assets. DON’T MISS:  iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel speed tests: Closer, but Android was still crushed…

What the elimination of pdvWireless may indicate about the timing of the overall FirstNet projectUrgent Communications via Google Alerts Oct 20 18:35 … as the contractor to build, maintain and upgrade the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) for the next 25 years.

Keeping safe with 4.5G broadband trunkingHuawei via Google Alerts Oct 20 16:55 The face of the future. Public safety services have traditionally used private network trunking systems such as TETRA and P25. However, this kind of …

Need for FirstNet Greater Than Ever, First Responders SayGovernment Technology via Google Alerts Oct 20 00:45 said Yucel Ors, federal advocacy program director for public safety at the National …

pdvWireless dropped from FirstNet considerationUrgent Communications via Google Alerts Oct 19 18:45 In May, bidding teams submitted their proposals to build and operate FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network for the next 25 years.

AT&T’s Wireless Leap Over ObamaWall Street Journal Oct 24 08:04 Technology is driving ubiquitous broadband despite the FCC.

Schumer asks final stamp of approval to keep FCC broadband money in the stateThe Daily News Online via Google Alerts Oct 24 05:50 … been set aside to expand broadband and high-speed internet service upstate, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer’s office said in a news release.

Vodafone plans to launch world’s first NB-IoT networksIoT Forest via Google Alerts Oct 22 11:30 Oct 21, 2016 – Vodafone has revealed plans to launch what it expects will be the world s first live commercial narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) networks in …

Too little, too late from Obama on infrastructure securityWND.com via Google Alerts Oct 21 20:35 Without that order, which is long overdue, local first responders will not be in a position to act promptly or have a plan in place in case of such an event.

Vodafone sets narrowband IoT rollout date for 2020 | Cloud ProNews Report Center via Google Alerts Oct 21 19:45 Mobile provider sets ambitious schedule for low power IoT network Vodafone sets narrowband IoT rollout date for 2020 | Cloud Pro Mobile provider …

Are The Departments Of Homeland Security And Commerce Effectivelyazxiehov.ru via Google Alerts Oct 21 14:30 Closer to a Nationwide Public Safety Wireless Broadband Network? Public safety interoperable communications grants [are the.

Australia to auction 30 MHz of 700 MHz spectrum in 2017Telecompaper via Google Alerts Oct 21 06:15 700 MHz band spectrum is highly valued for 4G LTE mobile broadband, said ACMA acting chairman Richard Bean. The 700 MHz band unsold lots …

ARES/RACES Featured at Joint Tribal Emergency Management Conference:eHam.net via Google Alerts Oct 20 22:30 … was a panelist at an open forum, “FirstNet http://firstnet.gov Unscripted,” about the First Responder Network Authority. …

Inside look: Fire, emergency responders test FirstNetFire Chief via Google Alerts Oct 20 11:30 Public safety providers in central Ohio had the chance to experience the future of broadband for managing emergency incidents. Using a dedicated …

T-Mobile will start rolling out nationwide ‘internet of things’networkHealth and Beauty | Make Up, Skincare, Hair, Nails Health Beauty via Google Alerts Oct 20 07:50 T-Mobile makes use of the technology NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT). KPN completed in June already, the first nationwide internet of things network, but …

T-Mobile Pays $48 Million to Settle FCC Disclosure InquiryBroadcasting & Cable via Google Alerts Oct 19 18:21 They will also provide mobile broadband to the devices at a reduced cost to the schools, and at no cost to the students or their families. T-Mobile is …

 

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OEC Outreach Clips: UTC Wary on 6 GHz, 900 MHz Proposals, Source Mission Critical Communications

Utilities Technology Council (UTC) President and CEO Joy Ditto said the group has its eye on a waiver request in the fixed service 6 GHz band and a pending 900 MHz realignment petition, both of which could negatively impact members. Ditto offered the update on the organization’s policy and regulatory efforts during the UTC Region 8 Technical Meeting Oct. 13. UTC is on both offense and defense as it works to provide access to more spectrum for utilities while protecting the spectrum that those organizations already have access to, she said. UTC Wary on 6 GHz, 900 MHz Proposals

OEC Outreach Clips: Why are first responders turning away from radio encryption?, Source GCN

Encrypted radio transmissions are often used in police and fire departments to secure and protect communications, but some agencies are finding that the risks of encryption outweigh the rewards. Radio encryption uses coded algorithms to modify voice signals so people listening on radio scanners can’t understand what’s being said. Some emergency response agencies are turning off their radio encryption because it can prevent messages from being received by nearby safety departments that have legacy equipment or no access to the required encryption keys. Why are first responders turning away from radio encryption?

 

FCC Grants Tennessee Waiver

October 18, 2016–The Policy and Licensing Division of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau released an order today granting the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s request for a waiver to allow it to license an 800 MHz business/industrial/land transportation (B/ILT) channel for public safety communications.