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 Subject : Some key questions that potential bidders want answered in FirstNet’.. 01/11/2016 12:00:24 PM 
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Topic : Some key questions that potential bidders want answered in FirstNet’s RFP

Subject :Some key questions that potential bidders want answered in FirstNet’s RFP

Some key questions that potential bidders want answered in FirstNet’s RFP
Urgent Communications Blog
By Donny Jackson
January 7, 2016

FirstNet supposedly will announce the release date of its request for proposal (RFP) at any moment—in fact, most industry observers thought it would have happened already, because FirstNet officials have said the RFP would be issued during the first half of this month, which would mean by the end of next week.

But the exact timing of the release is not as important as the RFP’s content, even for potential bidders like AT&T and Rivada Networks that publicly have expressed interest in the FirstNet opportunity. Although FirstNet deserves credit for getting this RFP out largely on schedule, last month’s board meeting was noticeably short on several bid-related details that could have a significant impact on the number of potential bidders (or bidding teams, most likely) and the quality of their offerings.

Some of this is by design. From the outset, FirstNet officials have made it clear that this would be an objectives-oriented procurement. If bidders can meet the statement of objectives in deploying a nationwide broadband network for public safety while staying within the parameters established by Congress in 2012, FirstNet wants them to submit a proposal. This is no easy task, and FirstNet officials have made it clear that they want to give bidders as much latitude as possible.

Of course, some guidance is needed, and potential bidders—as well other stakeholders, such as states and public-safety agencies—are anxiously seeking answers. Some of the key questions that bidders would like the RFP to address include:

Who will be the primary users of the network? FirstNet has conducted two public-notice proceedings to get input on the definition of a public-safety entity that would be eligible to have prioritized access on the network. So far, FirstNet has not released its legal interpretation of what a public-safety entity is, but it has indicated that it will be a broad definition.

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"This is a good article to read before this week’s summit"

Terry Nehring, FloridaNet Region IV Technical Committee Member
 Subject : Commercial priority-service offerings promise to be eye-opening to car.. 12/31/2015 01:08:23 PM 
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Topic : Commercial priority-service offerings promise to be eye-opening to carriers, public safety, critical

Subject :Commercial priority-service offerings promise to be eye-opening to carriers, public safety, critical

Commercial priority-service offerings promise to be eye-opening to carriers, public safety, critical infrastructure
Urgent Matters Blog
By Donny Jackson
December 29, 2015

During the past few months, the two largest U.S. wireless carriers—Verizon and AT&T—each have announced offerings that would enable enterprise, public-safety and critical-infrastructure customers to have their packets prioritized over normal consumer traffic, even during times of severe network congestion. Such offerings have raised eyebrows throughout the wireless community and could have significant implications in the near future.

There is little question that there is a market demand for such services. Many enterprises have business-critical applications that must run smoothly and efficiently—time is money, and any delay in operations can have a negative impact on the bottom line. For public-safety and critical-infrastructure entities, the stakes are even higher, as their successful operations can mean the difference between life and death for many.

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"Interesting Read"
-Terry Nehring, Technical Committee Member, Region 4
 Subject : Re:Swenson named CEO of Novatel Wireless, will continue as FirstNet ch.. 11/04/2015 02:16:44 PM 
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Topic : Swenson named CEO of Novatel Wireless, will continue as FirstNet chairwoman

Subject :Re:Swenson named CEO of Novatel Wireless, will continue as FirstNet chairwoman

Now that the FirstNet Chair is a Chair of a private technology firm, Will Novatel Wireless be excluded from bidding on any FirstNet or FloridaNet contracts?

Peter A. Pappas MD FACS
 Subject : Swenson named CEO of Novatel Wireless, will continue as FirstNet chair.. 11/04/2015 02:12:52 PM 
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Topic : Swenson named CEO of Novatel Wireless, will continue as FirstNet chairwoman

Subject :Swenson named CEO of Novatel Wireless, will continue as FirstNet chairwoman

Swenson named CEO of Novatel Wireless, will continue as FirstNet chairwoman
Urgent Communications (10/29/15)
Novatel Wireless—an Internet of Things (IoT) solutions provider and the inventor of MiFi mobile-hotspot technology—announced that Sue Swenson is the company’s new CEO and will continue to chair its board of directors. Swenson plans to continue as chairwoman of FirstNet, the federal entity established to deploy and maintain the first nationwide broadband network for first responders.
“Working closely with management over the past three years to dramatically reposition Novatel Wireless as a leading player in IoT has been a challenging but very fruitful experience,” Swenson said in a prepared statement. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to become the company's operational leader and, as CEO, to focus all of my time and energy on furthering our evolution from hardware-only sales to end-to-end IoT solutions and recurring SaaS (software as a service) revenues.”

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 Subject : Re:What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet is.. 07/10/2015 03:34:32 PM 
Victor Cullars
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Topic : What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet is using?

Subject :Re:What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet is using?

Good afternoon,

I believe that a public-private partnership is the only way that a monumental task such as FloridaNet can ever be accomplished. There will be give and take during the process by both sides. What I hate to see happen, are the same issues that were encountered during the P25 migration.
 Subject : Re:GT Article: Will FirstNet Become the Next Healthcare.gov?.. 03/06/2015 04:10:35 PM 
Aislynn Turner
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Topic : GT Article: Will FirstNet Become the Next Healthcare.gov?

Great read. I find it strange to compare FirstNet to healthcare.gov, though. Healthcare.gov is a high-traffic site that depends on its website in order to provide health services for people, which is why it was such a big deal when its website failed to perform. FirstNet does rely heavily on technology too, but in a much different sense. Furthermore, the Affordable Care Act is for the masses, whereas FirstNet is only for public safety personnel, so FirstNet unfortunately would not receive the same level of attention and response as healthcare.gov did. This means that FirstNet will not likely be relieved of the regulations and bureaucracy as swiftly as healthcare.gov was. I really like the author's ideas for improving FirstNet and the bureaucratic process, but I doubt we'll see many of those suggestions implemented. There is always hope, though. Thanks for sharing. -Aislynn
 Subject : GT Article: Will FirstNet Become the Next Healthcare.gov?.. 03/06/2015 01:27:26 PM 
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Topic : GT Article: Will FirstNet Become the Next Healthcare.gov?

What are your thoughts on this article?
http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Will-FirstNet-Become-the-Next-Healthcaregov.html
Last Edited On: 03/06/2015 01:40:22 PM By FloridaNet Team
 Subject : FirstNet Consultation.. 05/30/2014 07:49:46 AM 
Larry Gowen
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Forum : FirstNet Discussions
Topic : FirstNet Consultation

FloridaNet had our pre-consultation call with FirstNet on Tuesday May 27th.

Overall, we believe that FirstNet is moving in the right direction with the consultation process. I am cautiously optimistic at this point and eager to see what the consultation will bring to FloridaNet's project effort. We are currently preparing our consultation package and are eager to move into the next phase of SLIGP.

Initial consultations are not scheduled to begin until July and will likely run through November. Upon completion, we will post a copy of our consultation package to this site. You can also access FirstNet's Initial Consultation package here.

Does anyone in the FloridaNet community have any questions?
FloridaNet Program Manager
 Subject : Re:R4 Conference Call: Thurs, May 29th 2:30-3:30 Eastern.. 05/27/2014 10:18:41 AM 
Larry Gowen
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Forum : Region IV Discussions
Topic : R4 Conference Call: Thurs, May 29th 2:30-3:30 Eastern

Thanks Brett.
FloridaNet Program Manager
 Subject : R4 Conference Call: Thurs, May 29th 2:30-3:30 Eastern.. 05/27/2014 09:26:28 AM 
Brett Boston
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Topic : R4 Conference Call: Thurs, May 29th 2:30-3:30 Eastern

Thanks for the quick replies. I suggest 2:30 Eastern, 1:30 Central time on Thursday, May 29th for our call.

Use: 1 888 670 3525
Code: 7766947551 then #

Agenda:

Update: alphabetical by State (5 minutes each)
Discuss Colorado conference
Set group actions and next meeting


I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Holiday.
 Subject : Thoughts on Utility workers as First Responders?.. 05/16/2014 10:13:48 AM 
Larry Gowen
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Topic : Thoughts on Utility workers as First Responders?

This article is over a year old but relevant to our community. What does the FloridaNet team think about including utilities in the First Responder community?
FloridaNet Program Manager
 Subject : What does the Public Private Partnership (Myers Model™) mean for Flo.. 05/13/2014 10:16:42 AM 
Dr Myers
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Topic : What does the Public Private Partnership (Myers Model™) mean for Florida?

Subject :What does the Public Private Partnership (Myers Model™) mean for Florida?

I am posting this topic to take any questions that the community may have when it comes to FirstNet, the State and the Public Private Partnership. To get things started here are some bullets items of what the Myers Model™ would do for the State:

1. Complete avoidance of taxpayer funding
2. State maintains Board Control of the Network
3. State gets 51% of the revenue from the network
4. State 51% pays for Priority 1 First Responder gear (no charge)
5. Network is to service Public Safety Service Organizations
6. State, and its entities, centralize the risk of the technology onto the P3
7. State creates Jobs
8. State avoids taxation
9. State gets private investors to invest in the State
10. Governor gets a solid stance on Public Safety initiatives
11. In the end -- the State gets a truly hardened broadband network

Revenue Sources:
Per the Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Creation Act of 2012 the following bullets show how the Myers Model™ aligns and generates revenue:

1. Users of the Network
a. Priority 1 - Police Fire and EMS types as approved by the Governor
b. Priority 2 - Governor and FirstNet approved "Public Safety Service Organizations" as defined - Utilities, Transportation, Federal Agencies, etc..
c. Priority 3 - Any un-used or under-utilized bandwidth bid for broadband to rural Americans and serviced by carriers, internet service providers, etc..
d. Subscriber based solution for the State Public Safety entities on temporary use and controlled by the State P3 entity.

I have spoken with many within the industry, just last week I was asked to speak to DHS (in person), there are no detractors to date and that includes 37 States, GSA, State Dept, and many others.

No model is perfect, but after 11 years of studying the available models, this is the best model for the State.

Post questions or comments and I will address.

Dr Myers
 Subject : Re:Re:What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet.. 04/24/2014 08:31:09 AM 
Keith Gaston
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Subject :Re:Re:What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet is using?

We are a state and organization that is ahead of the curve. Collaboration will be the way the world operates in the future. Government does not have all the answers to the problems we face now and in the future. Continue with our public-private approach.
 Subject : Re:What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet is.. 04/17/2014 11:33:25 AM 
Timothy Gundlach
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Topic : What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet is using?

Subject :Re:What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet is using?

I think it is a great approach. My firm is involved with several counties developing long term strategies for public safety agency regional infrastructure and interoperability. Input and education from all facets of the Florida public safety community can only be helpful with long range planning and implementation. I am happy to assist and contribute to the FloridaNet initiative wherever possible.
 Subject : What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet is us.. 04/15/2014 07:57:07 PM 
Brett Boston
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Topic : What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet is using?

Subject :What are your thoughts on the public-private approach FloridaNet is using?

After a over a year of operation, FloridaNet remains the only state team that is fully embracing a public-private partnership for its FirstNet planning efforts.

While we are learning as we go, and there are plenty of opportunities for missteps, this approach appears to be benefiting the planning efforts.

FloridaNet participation by the private sector remains strong. Many companies are sending national experts to FloridaNet meetings. The private sector actively participated in the recently held Statewide Listening Workshops and continue to have strong attendance at regularly scheduled online and face-to-face FloridaNet meetings.

What are your thoughts on this approach?
 Subject : Bill D'Agostino Resigns from FirstNet.. 04/14/2014 03:53:31 PM 
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Topic : Bill D'Agostino Resigns from FirstNet

http://firstnet.gov/news/firstnet-board-launch-nationwide-search-new-general-manager


WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board announced today that it is launching a search for a new General Manager following Bill D’Agostino’s resignation for personal and family reasons. Effective immediately Deputy General Manager TJ Kennedy is assuming the General Manager duties on a temporary basis while the FirstNet Board looks to hire a permanent replacement.

“We appreciate Bill’s service as General Manager over the past year – a critical time in FirstNet’s early planning stage,” said FirstNet Board Chairman Sam Ginn. “Bill believed that public safety should be a partner in defining network features and capabilities, and we will remember the example he set for us.”

“I have been honored to lead FirstNet’s management efforts over the past year, and believe the organization is now well positioned to enter the next stage of its development,” said Bill D’Agostino. “Although I will no longer be part of the mission, I will remain an ardent supporter and look forward to its future successes,” said Bill D’Agostino.

Last month, the FirstNet Board voted to move forward with implementing a strategic roadmap that will assist in developing a definitive business plan, along with comprehensive state-based outreach and consultation plans. One key step on that path is staffing and resourcing the organization. Over the past several months, FirstNet has built out its senior management team, pulling in top talent from industry, government, and public safety to lead the organization.

“FirstNet has assembled an excellent management team to lead this organization as we continue to develop plans for the nationwide public safety broadband network.” said Board Vice Chairman Sue Swenson. “The FirstNet Board will now begin a search to hire someone to lead the team - someone with the right blend of experience along with the management and leadership skills to carry out FirstNet's vision.”

The FirstNet Board voted last October to establish Northern Virginia as its corporate headquarters, and a lease was subsequently signed for office space in Reston, Va. FirstNet expects to occupy that space in the next few months, and the General Manager will be located there.

The General Manager job posting will appear on USAjobs.gov.

http://firstnet.gov/news/firstnet-board-launch-nationwide-search-new-genera
 Subject : Welcome to the new FloridaNet site.. 04/14/2014 02:18:26 PM 
Larry Gowen
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Forum : FloridaNet Discussions
Topic : Welcome to the new FloridaNet site

Welcome to the new FloridaNet site! As this public/private partnership is new territory we may run into some speed bumps but the momentum and direction will always be forward.

If you see anything wrong or need assistance please reach out to us by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab above.

Thank you,

Larry Gowen
FloridaNet Project Manager
FloridaNet Program Manager
 Subject : Executive Committee Update 4/9/14.. 04/09/2014 02:01:05 PM 
Brett Boston
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Topic : Executive Committee Update 4/9/14

A very productive meeting of the Executive Committee yielded several major decisions:

1. The EC has agreed to expand representation from the hospital and EMS communities within the 4 project committees.
2. FloridaNet will be seeking legal counsel to serve the project needs that may arise.
3. A new team is being establish to review and summarize the RFIs received February 28, 2014.
4. A new vendor demonstration process was presented. The committee is awaiting a final review from DMS before approving. The process will be transparent, well defined, and provide a simple method for FloridNet representatives to review presentations and attend demos.
5. The EC reviewed the project progress to date, timeline and budget.

Formal minutes will be posted soon.
 Subject : Region IV Discussion.. 04/09/2014 12:33:55 PM 
Larry Gowen
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Topic : Region IV Discussion

Starting point for SLIGP Grant Region IV discussions.
FloridaNet Program Manager
 
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