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State Plans Discussed at FirstNet SPOC Meeting

By Amanda Murphy

In April, FirstNet held its semi-annual meeting for state Single Points of Contact (SPOCs). SPOCs are submitting public safety needs data to FirstNet for the planning process. In a follow up blog post about the meeting, FirstNet officials gave more detail about the State Plans process and explained SPOCs can continue submitting updated public safety data until September 30, 2016.

State Plan drafts will be presented to each state and territory governor simultaneously through an online portal. This will start the review period of 90 days, a guideline stated in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The State Plan portal is anticipated to offer future FirstNet product and service offerings for public service agencies to view.

Discussion at the SPOCs meeting also focused on key factors for a state to consider if choosing to opt out of the FirstNet interoperability network option and manage their own Radio Access Network.

Read additional details about the State Plan in the FirstNet blog.

 

Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB), has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and hosted workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-chair were elected to the Regional Interoperability Committee (RIC) to work with the ISICSB.

About FirstNet: The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network.

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