FirstNet Completes 55 SPOC Engagement Meetings in 4 Months
Friday, May 13, 2016 | Comments

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) completed 55 state single points of contact (SPOC) engagement meetings between January and April. The meetings re-engaged FirstNet officials with the SPOCs and their leadership teams to lay the groundwork for the remainder of consultation activities in 2016 and future state plans.

“Our objectives for the rest of 2016 are to work together to prepare for both the governor’s decision on radio access network (RAN) deployment in each state or territory and on the network adoption decision that will be made by public-safety users,” said Dave Buchanan, FirstNet director of consultation, in a blog.

“Both matters depend on getting to the right individuals and groups of people together and uncovering their important issues and concerns.”

Consultation for the rest of the year will focus on governance body consultation meetings, consultation task teams and executive consultation. FirstNet officials completed 12 governance body consultation meetings, including several in the past couple of weeks with Oregon, Massachusetts, California, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and Alaska.

The meetings allowed FirstNet to connect with the states on issues such as the state plan and the governor’s decision and to have a dialog about the key influencers and key issues that the state and FirstNet need to consider during the next year, Buchanan said.

A new consultation map on FirstNet’s homepage reflects the 2016 work with states and territories. Mississippi is still the lone state that has not conducted any FirstNet meetings.

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