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George Bakolia North Carolina FirstNet Program Director February 10, 2014 PUBLIC SAFETY BROADBAND WIRELESS NETWORK First Responder Network Authority “FirstNet”

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1 George Bakolia North Carolina FirstNet Program Director February 10, 2014 PUBLIC SAFETY BROADBAND WIRELESS NETWORK First Responder Network Authority “FirstNet”

2 Overview Background FirstNet – Single Focus Vision & Guiding Principles State and Local Implementation Grant Program Timeline & Funding Phase I Activities Summary 2

3 3 FirstNet Background Public Law passed by Congress in 2012, establishes an “independent authority within NTIA” (National Telecommunications and Information Administration – within US Department of Commerce) with responsibility for building and operating a Nationwide Public Safety Wireless Broadband System FirstNet is headed by a 15 member Board Secretary of Homeland Security, US Attorney General, and Director of Office of Management and Budget are only legislated members 12 members are appointed by Secretary of Commerce Members are geopolitically diverse with expertise in Public Safety, Technology, Commercial Networks, and Finance

4 Single Focus The First Responder Network Authority shall hold the single public safety wireless license granted to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide public safety broadband network 4

5 5 Vision & Guiding Principles Nationwide Wireless Broadband Network for Public Safety for federal, state, local and tribal public safety response personnel to share data, do their jobs more efficiently and save more lives in the process “Public Safety Response” now extends data communications to other than traditional Police, Fire, and EMS personnel – these non-traditional responders include: Emergency Management Critical Infrastructure Utilities (power, gas, telecom, water, sewer) Transportation (Road, Rail, Air, and Maritime) Public Health and Non-governmental organizations Education (shelter, transportation, fuel, feeding) National Guard and Federal Agencies/Departments

6 6 Vision & Guiding Principles FirstNet will not be a brand new system - it w ill use existing state, local and commercial infrastructure where available FirstNet is a PARTNERSHIP with commercial carriers and their active participation is critical to the success of FirstNet FirstNet will use Fourth Generation (4G) cellular data technology - Long Term Evolution (LTE - adopted by all commercial carriers) Public Safety Effectiveness - Dynamic Priority Access, Force Multiplier (estimated at over 5 million at the start) Public Safety Grade – Reliable, Hardened, Redundant, Security Public Safety Applications - 4G data for video and web, Non mission-critical voice

7 7 FirstNet Will Augment LMR Public safety will rely on LMR for mission-critical voice until LTE capabilities exceed current functionality FirstNet can be co-located on existing LMR infrastructure Sharing infrastructure will keep costs down and enhance coverage Goal is to allow voice to pass between the two networks Here in North Carolina, VIPER and FirstNet will be able to support each other by using some common tower sites, generators and common links between tower sites Voice and data will eventually converge

8 State and Local Implementation Grant Program The State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) was also created under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of SLIGP is designed to provide resources to assist the regional, state, local, and tribal government entities as they plan for FirstNet. SLIGP is being administered by the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce. Phase I - Education, outreach, and planning Phase II – Requirements, design, and data gathering 8

9 Key Timelines Dates & TimesProject Activities February 2012Legislation creating FirstNet is signed August 22, 2013North Carolina receives award for Phase I Grant funds - education, outreach, and planning November 2013Complete staff hiring & finalize geographic regions for outreach program November 2013Begin North Carolina outreach program February 2014Begin North Carolina regional outreach workshops June 2014Conclude regional outreach workshops Approximately July 2014FirstNet releases Phase II grant funds – requirements, design, and data gathering Approximately July 2016FirstNet Planning Grant concludes 9

10 10 Funding FirstNet is intended to be “Deficit Neutral” (built with proceeds from Spectrum Auctions, from partners, and sustained by user fees) FirstNet Board has recognized that FirstNet user fees must be cost competitive with commercial carriers prices to achieve success Allocation of $120 million for SLIGP - North Carolina received $3.2 million calculation based on following formula 50 states and 6 territories each get $500k remaining funds allocated based on 75% by population and 25% by geographic size. State required to provide 20% match (in-kind acceptable) $3.2 million + $800k (match) = $4 million

11 Phase I Activities – Organizations Reached NC 911 BoardEastern Band of Cherokee Indians NC Department of CommerceTribal Regional Groups NC State Interoperability Executive Committee - SIECUNC Institute of Government NC Emergency ManagementNC Utilities Commission NC Association of County Commissioners - NCACCNC Telecommunications Industry Association - NCTIA NC Cable Telecommunications Association - NCCTA NC Police Chiefs AssociationUSDA/Rural Development NC Sheriff’s AssociationNC Department of Public Instruction NC CJIN BoardNC Department of Insurance NC Fire Chiefs AssociationNC League of Municipalities NC DOTNC Hospital Association NC DHHSNC Department of Justice 11

12 Phase I Activities - Workshop Regions Region 6 Chatham, Durham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Wake, Wayne, Wilson 2/4/14 Region 5 Caswell, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, Warren, Halifax 2/5/14 Region 4 Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender, Sampson 2/20/14 Region 1 Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford, North Hampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans 3/4/14 Region 2 Beaufort, Dare, Edgecombe, Hyde, Martin, Pitt, Tyrell, Washington 3/5/14 Region 3 Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico 3/6/14 Region 9 Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union 3/25/14 Region 7 Cumberland, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Scotland, Robeson 3/26/14 Region 10 Buncombe, Burke, Cleveland, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Yancey 4/8/14 Region 12 Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania 4/9/14 Region 8 Alamance, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin 4/22/14 Region 11 Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Alexander, Caldwell, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes 4/23/14 Mecklenburg - Extra Session4/24/14 Raleigh – Extra Session5/14/14 12

13 13 Summary The North Carolina Governor, the Secretary of Public Safety, the State CIO and the Secretary of Commerce have all endorsed the FirstNet effort and are very supportive of it Plan to develop recommendations to ensure NC Citizens, Local Governments, Businesses, and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are all supported Partner with utilities, telecommunication companies, and critical infrastructure providers Continue to work with the FirstNet Board and their Advisory Boards

14 North Carolina Contact Information George Bakolia National FirstNet Website Launching Very Soon 14


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