I'm Dave Buchanan, Director of Consultation for FirstNet. Going forward FirstNet will embark on four key elements to help us reach those
goals in 2016 one is a kickoff meeting between FirstNet and the SPOC. The purpose of this is to connect FirstNet with the state team and the state single point of contact to discuss the expanded outreach and begin planning for the remainder of the consultation year. Khanisa Figaro: There is always a value to face to face, and we can't wait for FirstNet to come back
and do the second round of consultation. I think our team our first responders out
there looking forward to hearing more and getting involved.
We would love to see more end users come out and tell us what they expect. What do they need from FirstNet, and how it would change their lives as first responders. Dave Buchanan: The second key element its to engage FirstNet with the governance team in the
governance body meeting in the state to get critical inputs from the state,
understand what the key issues are from state in 2016 and to bring updates to the state regarding the FirstNet acquision. James Voutour: Obviously very excited about FirstNet. We're looking forward to
our second round.
We know this has to have the approval of our governor
eventually. So I think from the state sheriff's point
of view and law enforcement point of view what I would love to do is
increasing education that can be done at our level. We're so close to having
broadband that people don't realize we could sit in New York state talk to
California with public safety broadband in a matter of seconds. Dave Buchanan: The third key element for 2016 is the convening of consultation task teams.
The purpose of these task teams is to bring subject matter experts from the state and connect them with FirstNet in order to obtain inputs from the state regarding network operations and
management topics like prioritization and public safety grade. Ed Mills: What's really exciting is working with the state and being the outreach and education manager, everybody wants to
know how much is it gonna cost what what's it gonna cost to buy in? We're very clear about in our messages that really this is about getting everybody
that we can at the table. We really don't have anything to sell you. We don't
want you to drink any Kool-Aid. We want you to participate in the process. Because the process is really important. And that is one of the things that I appreciate
about this. FirstNet is giving us the ability to go out on the front and say,
"How do you want it built? What do you need?" What kind of applications are you looking at? What kind of capabilities do you want to do?" Dave Buchanan: The fourth key element of 2016 consultation is the executive consultation meeting.
engage with the state through this executive consultation meeting, connecting FirstNet officials
with key influencers, key decision makers and key officials from local, tribal, state,
metropolitan public safety in order to bring about a robust dialogue about the
decision the state and decision-makers will be making about FirstNet in the future. Gerad Godfrey: If we don't know until those consultations happen what did various
stakeholders bring to the table. And we won't know unless and until they come to
the table and bring it to the table. Shelley Westall: At the beginning we didn't have a lot of concrete information. And our stakeholders
are really hungry for that. They want to know about it and they want to know how
FirstNet is going to address some of their concerns. So I think we have a
great opportunity for open dialogue and interaction between our stakeholders,
FirstNet and Washington One Net..