FirstNet, AT&T Set for State Plan `Kick-off’ Meeting with SPOCs

June 5, 2017
FirstNet Chief Customer Officer Rich Reed discusses State Plans at 2016 SPOC meeting; FirstNet to hold State Plan kickoff meeting with SPOCs this week.
FirstNet Chief Customer Officer Rich Reed discusses State Plans at 2016 SPOC meeting; FirstNet to hold State Plan kickoff meeting with SPOCs this week.

By Rich Reed, FirstNet Chief Customer Officer

Now into the third month of our public-private partnership, FirstNet and AT&T remain laser focused on a top priority:  the State Plans.  We moved forward on the plans soon after forming the partnership and are targeting the delivery via an online portal later this month – more than three months ahead of the schedule we put forth in the Request for Proposals (RFP).

Delivering the State Plans is a critical milestone in the development of the FirstNet Network, and we have strived to develop a process that incorporates flexibility and provides opportunities for State input. FirstNet and AT&T are working to get the plans to the States as soon as possible, while making sure they have the information they need to make an informed decision.

As a next step, FirstNet, AT&T, and the SPOCs (as well as other state and territory representatives) will come together later this week for a State Plan “kick-off” meeting in Dallas, Texas.  This will be an opportunity for all of us to review the State Plans process in detail and for the states to understand how the online portal will operate.  In addition, there will be a number of opportunities for the SPOCs and their teams to learn more about the FirstNet Network solution and the State Plan review process.

I would like to thank the states and territories for participating in our consultation process over the last four years.  As we said we would do back in 2013, FirstNet has worked hand-in-hand with the State Single Points of Contact (SPOCs), local, state, tribal, and federal authorities, and the public safety community, including:

  • Several hundred events connecting us to more than 140,000 public safety stakeholders nationwide
  • Consultation in all 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia
  • Data collection representing over 2 million public safety personnel from 12,000 public safety agencies.

We look forward to continuing our consultation with the SPOCs and other state officials this week as we advance the process and prepare them for the delivery of the plans.

Thank you,

-Rich

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