Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, June 22, 2017

State Plans Being Delivered On June 19, 2017, as promised, FirstNet and AT&T delivered the state plans three months ahead of what was required in the FirstNet RFP. The delivery of these plans was via a secure web portal that will be home to the plans and only accessible by authorized personnel in each state. The rest of us can view some of what is occurring and suggested coverage maps by going to the public site FirstNet.com (.com, not .gov), a new site dedicated to FirstNet state plans.

FirstNet has already provided each of the State (single) Points of Contact (SPOCs) with the information they need for themselves and others they want to also have direct access to the state plan. The FirstNet.com site is designed to provide information for those with an interest in FirstNet, the state plans, coverage, products, and services. FirstNet.com also enables stakeholders not directly involved with the state plan to be able to learn more about what FirstNet and AT&T are offering the public safety community. Read the full version here . Today’s News from Discovery Patterns includes a number of different stories about the state plans as well as opt-out initiatives. I have included multiple stories to illustrate the differences between them and so our readers can get the best view of what is being reported.

AT&T and FirstNet release state plans for responder networkGlobal Telecoms Business via Google Alerts Jun 22 05:25 AT&T has released proposals for the first states where it and FirstNet plans to deploy the high-speed data and voice network for America’s first …

AT&T, FirstNet Open Feedback Period for Public Safety Network Buildout PlansGovConWire via Google Alerts Jun 21 20:25 TYSONS CORNER, VA, June 21, 2017 AT&T (NYSE: T) has collaborated with the First Responder Network Authority to issue state plans for the …

Certifying Wi-Fi home network design; mmwave research for public safety comms Carrier Wrap …RCR Wireless News via Google Alerts Jun 22 07:15 There’s been a lot of interest in using cellular technologies for the purpose of public safety that’s what the FirstNet program was originally about, …

FCC’s Pai, Clyburn Butt Heads Over Cost Cutting at Senate Budget HearingWireless Week via Google Alerts Jun 21 14:55 … competition, and ensuring the reliability and resiliency of public safety communications, Clyburn warned. …

Rhode Island Releases RFP for RAN Alternative PlanMissionCritical Jun 21 10:05 Rhode Island joined a handful of other states in releasing a request for proposal (RFP) for a radio access network (RAN) alternative plan to compare to its First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plan, released June 19. read more

FirstNet issues state coverage, rate plansGCN.com via Google Alerts Jun 21 05:25 FirstNet and AT&T, the developers of the nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders, have released the individual network plans for …

FirstNet, AT&T advance broadband network for public safetyNewburgh Gazette via Google Alerts Jun 21 01:25 FirstNet said it has worked with states, territories, localities, federal authorities and the public safety community since 2013 to develop the plans, which …

AT&T : rival targets FirstNet opt-out states4-Traders via Google Alerts Jun 20 16:25 FirstNet and AT&T took their next big step to develop plans for the nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders, making individual …

AT&T, FirstNet offer states ‘early opt in’ for first-responder LTE networkFlorida Politics via Google Alerts Jun 20 14:25 FirstNet and AT&T are taking the next step toward a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders. This means Florida’s police, …

Mixed Comments on Opt-Out Requirements, FirstNet Revises Interoperability MatrixMissionCritical Jun 20 10:05 The state of Colorado, Southern Linc and Rivada Networks submitted comments generally agreeing with the FCC’s draft order outlining proposed rules for states that choose to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plans. read more

FirstNet Delivers State PlansMissionCritical Jun 20 10:05 The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T released state plans to U.S. states and territories. The plans, delivered through online portals, provide most of the information such as coverage, cost and timelines that states need to make decisions about whether to opt into the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) or develop their own radio access network (RAN). read more

AT&T rival targets FirstNet opt-out statesFederal Computer Week Jun 20 09:11 FirstNet and AT&T made their plans for states’ wireless broadband network available, starting what might be a contentious state-by-state battle.

AT&T offers state governments its emergency LTE networkEngadget via Google Alerts Jun 20 03:25 FirstNet’s priority LTE network for first responders is a long time coming. Now that its deal with AT&T means the project is finally moving forward, some …

State, Territory Plans and Next Step in FirstNet Build-Out Arrive Ahead of ScheduleGovernment Technology via Google Alerts Jun 19 22:25 The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which earlier this year partnered with telecom company AT&T to build out its nationwide network for …

FirstNet launches portal, delivers state plans for public safety networkStateScoop via Google Alerts Jun 19 20:25 The key advantages of the AT&T network being touted by the federal agency as opposed to an “opt out” alternative plan are the “low risk” …

FirstNet, AT&T Hand Over Network Plans to StatesWireless Week via Google Alerts Jun 19 18:25 Three months after cementing their partnership, FirstNet and AT&T are handing over network plans to the states. The plans were distributed three …

FirstNet: Opt-Out States Should Have Vendor Contracts Before Submitting Alternative PlansMissionCritical Jun 17 10:03 During several meetings, FirstNet reiterated that the draft order’s decision not to require an opt-out state to have in place an executed contract with a vendor prior to submitting an alternative plan to the FCC could have disastrous consequences for the network and public safety. read more

SAFECOM Offers Grant Guidance for DHS OpportunitiesMissionCritical Jun 16 10:04 The SAFECOM program released its annual guidance on 2017 grants. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier this month released $1.6 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017 notices of funding opportunities for 10 grant programs. read more

AT and T, FirstNet Officials Detail Public-Safety LTE Priority, Pre-emption CapabilitiesMissionCritical Jun 15 13:03 AT&T and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials detailed aspects of the priority and pre-emption capabilities for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) during a panel at the 2017 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting. read more

Motorola Solutions to bring LTE products to FirstNetTelecompaper via Google Alerts Jun 15 02:15 The company will also deliver a suite of mobile apps, such as mapping and messaging, built specifically for the needs of public safety. The suite will …

Narrowband Internet-of-Things Chipset Market – Global Industry ACrypt0 News via Google Alerts Jun 22 07:30 Jun21. Narrowband Internet-of-Things Chipset Market – Global Industry A. Size, Share Growth, Trends and Forecast 2017 – 2025. Information more.

Central Dispatch Authority to pursue switch to 800 MHz radiosPetoskey News-Review via Google Alerts Jun 21 22:20 … to $13.5 million for needed infrastructure improvements if the Federal Communications Commission moves forward to mandate narrow-banding.

Huawei and Telefonica will open in Chile laboratory for the development of technologies …NewsWorld via Google Alerts Jun 21 19:30 Huawei and Telefonica will open in Chile laboratory for the development of technologies Narrowband IoT Huawei announced that in conjunction with.

California may restore broadband privacy rules killed by Congress and TrumpArsTechnica: Infinite Loop Jun 21 15:08 State law could protect customers’ browsing history, but FCC rule is still dead.

Senate Drills Down on Universal Service FundMultichannel News via Google Alerts Jun 21 11:55 … Tuesday (June 21) took a deep dive into the FCC’s Universal Service Fund, with a focus on rural broadband deployment and telehealth. Sen.

Attorneys General Seek to Maintain State Consumer Protection on Broadband AdvertisingKansas City infoZine via Google Alerts Jun 21 11:45 Have asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject a proposal which would stop states from enforcing consumer protection laws related to …

FirstNet, AT&T Release State Plans for Public Safety Broadband NetworkExecutiveBiz via Google Alerts Jun 20 19:25 The release of the state plans came three months after FirstNet awarded AT&T a potential $6.5 billion contract to help the government build the …

Watchdog Refers Verizon To FCC And FTC Over Broadband AdsMediaPost Communications via Google Alerts Jun 20 18:25 Watchdog Refers Verizon To FCC And FTC Over Broadband Ads …

Mobile Broadband Would Require FCC to Map ServiceAyanna Alexander’s Pressfolio – WordPress.com via Google Alerts Jun 20 17:10 June 16, 2017 By Ayanna Alexander The Federal Communications Commission would be required to identify whether rural areas have access to …

35 AGS to FCC: Don’t Gut Broadband Consumer ProtectionsYubaNet via Google Alerts Jun 20 16:45 The states’ traditional consumer protection powers must be left undisturbed to protect consumers from false and misleading claims by broadband …

AT&T, FirstNet hail US emergency network milestoneMobile World Live via Google Alerts Jun 20 13:25 AT&T, FirstNet hail US emergency network milestone …

FirstNet and AT&T submit customized buildout plans for states to considerFierceWireless via Google Alerts Jun 20 11:25 FirstNet revealed its initial individual state plans for the first nationwide dedicated wireless network for first responders, essentially starting the clock for …

Texas AG urges FCC to reject broadband industry petition to strip states of consumer protection …Southeast Texas Record via Google Alerts Jun 20 01:45 AUSTIN In an effort to protect Texas consumers, Attorney General Ken Paxton on June 19 urged the Federal Communications Commission to deny a …

FirstNet Unveils State Plans as 4G Safety Network Goes AheadLight Reading via Google Alerts Jun 20 00:50 FirstNet Monday afternoon revealed that initial state plans for its nationwide LTE first-responder network are ready, so that states can now choose to …

AT&T, FirstNet trigger backlash from Rivada over states’ core networksFierceWireless via Google Alerts Jun 15 16:35 Rivada Networks, which is still trying to compete for states’ FirstNet …

Huawei, Telefonica launch Chile-based NB-IoT Open LabTelecompaper via Google Alerts Jun 15 04:10 Huawei and Telefonica have joined forces to open an NB-IoT Open Lab for the development of products and applications related to Narrow Band …