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Comments on Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program

Date: 
June 15, 2012
Docket Number: 
Docket No: 120509050-1050-01

Public Comments on Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.  See Federal Register Request for Information.

Comments

Jeff.Pierce@state.sd.us
Tue 5/22/2012 10:18 AM

NTIA/SLIGP;

Please find attached comments on the Public Safety Broadband Implementation Grant process from the perspective of the State of South Dakota. If you have any questions or comments my contact information is in the document as well as below.

Jeff Pierce
Technical Administrator/SWIC
State of South Dakota
Bureau of Information & Telecommunications
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

Jeff.pierce@state.sd.us

o-605-773-4347
m-605-280-4428

 

Rex Buddenberg [buddenbergr@gmail.com]
Mon 5/21/2012 11:20 PM

comment attached

buddenberg

 

dr.myers@me.com
Thu 5/31/2012 11:04 AM

Attached you will find my response to the RFI requested by the NTIA/Department of Commerce.

 

Laura Berkey-Ames [lberkey@APWA.NET]
Thu 6/7/2012 4:50 PM

To Whom It May Concern:
On behalf of the American Public Works Association, attached you will find comments (Docket No: 120509050-1050-01) in response to the development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

Please feel free to contact me if you need additional information.

Regards,

Laura M. Berkey-Ames

Laura Berkey-Ames
Government Affairs Manager
American Public Works Association
Ph:(202) 218-6734 | Fax:(202) 218-6735
Your Comprehensive Public Works Resource

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Lisa Hansen [LHansen@azdohs.gov]
Thu 6/7/2012 5:44 PM

Input from Arizona.  This was also submitted to NGA.

Thanks,
Lisa L. Hansen

Assistant Director Planning and Preparedness
Arizona Department of Homeland Security
Office: 602-542-7014
www.azdohs.gov

 

Delatorre, Carlos X. [cdelatorre@macro.com]
Fri 6/8/2012 5:30 PM

Dear Board Members,

Please accept my comments regarding the Development of State & Local Implementation Grant Program for NPSBN

Thank you

Carlos Delatorre
Principal Consultant, Public Safety / Telecommunications
__________________________________________________________

Macro Corporation
A KEMA Company
1880 Office Club Point, Suite 1000
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Tel (719) 272-8224
<mailto:cdelatorre@macro.com>
Website:  www.macro.com
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NOEL Steve [Steve.Noel@odot.state.or.us]
Mon 6/11/2012 8:08 PM

Hello,

Submitting comments for the State of Oregon:  Comments submitted by Steve Noel, Major Projects Branch, Oregon Department of Transportation.

Thank you,

Steve Noel

Steve Noel
Oregon SWIC - Major Projects Branch, ODOT
Office 503.934.6940/Cell 503.551.4206
Steve.Noel@odot.state. or.us

 

Plantz, Sue@CIO [Sue.Plantz@state.ca.gov]
Wed 6/13/2012 3:15 PM

Dear National Telecommunications and Information Administration:

Thank you for the opportunity to provide responses to the NTIA Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.  Attached please find the responses from the State of California.  This document was prepared by the California Technology Agency, Public Safety Communications Office and the California Emergency Management Agency.  If you have any questions you can contact, Sue Plantz, Deputy Director PSCO Governance and Telecommunications Services Division at sue.plantz@state.ca.gov or (916) 657-9512, or Michael Crews, CalEMA Interoperability Coordinator at Michael.crews@calema.ca.gov or (916) 845-8602.

Docket No:  120509050-1050-01

RIN:  0660-XC001

Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Request for Information

Prepared by: California Technology Agency, Public Safety Communications Office and California Emergency Management Agency

Sincerely,

Sue Plantz
Deputy Director, Telecommunications Governance and Services Division
California Technology Agency
Public Safety Communications Office

601 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 657-9512 (phone)

 

William Burgess [william.burgess@comcast.net]
Thu 6/14/2012 9:41 AM

Laura M. Pettus
Communications Program Specialist
Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Dear Ms. Pettus –

On behalf of the NSGIC Board of Directors, I’m forwarding the attached comments as a WORD document in response to the Request for Information (RFI) issued as Docket No: 120509050–1050–01.

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this submission.

Take Care

Bill Burgess, Washington Liaison
National States Geographic Information Council
24760 Logans Woods Drive
Denton, Maryland  21629

443-448-4395 (Office)
443-786-8404 (Cell)

william.burgess@comcast.net

http://www.nsgic.org

 

 

Wood, Curtis (EPS) [curtis.wood@state.ma.us]
Thu 6/14/2012 10:34 AM

Dear Sirs/Madams:

Attached is the official response from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to the Request for Information for the:

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration [Docket No: 120509050–1050–01] RIN 0660–XC001 Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this proposed program.

Respectfully submitted,

Curtis M. Wood, Undersecretary
Forensic Sciences and Technology
Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
617.274.5512
curtis.wood@state.ma.us

 

Butzlaff, Nathan B (GOV) [nathan.butzlaff@alaska.gov]
Thu 6/14/2012 11:53 AM

Pursuant to NTIA’s May 16, 2012 Federal Register Request for Information, the State of Alaska is submitting comments regarding the development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. 

We appreciate NTIA’s consideration of the State of Alaska’s comments.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if NTIA has any questions.

Regards,
Nathan Butzlaff

Nathan Butzlaff
Associate Director of State-Federal Relations
Office of Governor Sean Parnell
State of Alaska
Hall of the States
444 North Capitol St., NW
Suite 336
Washington, DC 20001

Direct: (202) 624-5988
Mobile: (202) 304-4606
Main:  (202) 624-5858
Fax:  (202) 624-5857
Nathan.Butzlaff@alaska.gov

 

ECPC [ECPC@HQ.DHS.GOV]
Thu 6/14/2012 2:53 PM

Please find attached all comments submitted to the Emergency Communications Preparedness Center (ECPC) from the Department of Transportation on the NTIA’s RFI on the State and Local Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (Docket No: 120509050–1050–01 / RIN 0660–XC001).

 

Mollohan, Jim [Jim.Mollohan@gta.ga.gov]
Thu 6/14/2012 3:35 PM

National Telecommunications and Information Administration(NTIA),

On behalf of the Georgia Department of Public Safety(GDPS) and Georgia Technology Authority(GTA), I am sending the attached response to NTIA’s RFI.

Thanks,

Jim
___________________________________

Jim Mollohan PMP, NPDP, PMC
Senior Wireless Product/Tech Project Manager
State of Georgia
Georgia Technology Authority
47 Trinity Ave SW
Ste 330-22
Atlanta, GA 30334-9007

Email: Jim.Mollohan@gta.ga.gov
Office: 404-656-5619
Mobile: 678-296-3940
Fax: 770-344-5937
gta.georgia.gov

 

Michael Scales [MScales@sandovalcountynm.gov]
Thu 6/14/2012 3:38 PM

These comments follow the questions indicated in your request:

Comments to NTIA regarding RIN0660-XC001

Public Safety Broadband Network

Consultation:

  1. DATA:
  1. Primary concern of the consultant would be the geography needing to be serviced.  What quality of signal would be needed to meet the requirements of the project.  Network availability? local, state, regional, federal infrastructure?  Mix? Network responsibility? local, state, regional, federal? Mix? What Future funding sources will be there?
  2. Activity Programs: State and Local programs would depend on the future funding abilities
  1. State Government
    1. This may vary with each state.  New Mexico could go with either the SWIC or DoIT CIO
    2. In the State of NM, I would suggest the existing Homeland Security SICWG committee
    3. This would depend on the scope of the grant and the amount funded.  This could be an issue due to lack of funds that should be coordinated at a state level to give the largest coverage with local buy in.
    4. Most tribal agencies in NM are serviced by County or BIA organizations.  Public Safety inclusion is a requirement, but may have some local roadblocks due to jurisdictional boundaries, and local politics
    5. Due to local politics, it may be hard to get the tribal agencies to participate.  In order to be eligible to apply, a pre-requirement could be put in place indicating that there must be signed verifications and/or waivers, by all agencies in the designated area, proving they were participants in the planning process or that they waived their participation in the planning process.    
    6. As the NM Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) have access to all these disciplines, they would be the focal point for dissemination of information.
    7. The definition for REGIONAL should be standard nationally.  In several grants, the term has been so loosely defined that it is convoluted.  More points may be rewarded to an entity based on the number of participating agencies.
    8. This again could be coordinated by the NM DHSEM
  2. State input
    1. A portion of the funding should be designated for this collaboration.
    2. A majority of the standards and processes should be standardized, however as we all realize, each jurisdiction is different in their operations and methods.  If it meets the needs of the project – the standard should be loose enough to allow minor variance.
    3. That would depend on the content required by FirstNet
  3. Existing Authorities
    1. Coordination with DoIT on the implementation of broadband services.  In NM, this is an enterprise operation.
    2. DoIT has obtained a grant for a pilot project.  NMDHSEM SICWG is monitoring the implementation.
    3. With minimal changes in authority, the existing committees will work
    4. That would be determined by the coverage
    5. Again would be determined by the coverage
    6. Yes
    7. Yes
  1. Leverage Infrastructure
    1. A complete review of existing systems and the scalability of the systems for future use
    2. In NM, limited staff are available for this service
    3. Notify the NGO’s and if they are interested, work with SICWG
    4. This could create an issue for the security of the network.  With the sensitive nature of the public safety groups, oversight of the private sector would be a major concern.
  2. RFP
    1. Depending on the need for local purchasing, would determine the need for integration
    2. Depending on the purchasing process, some states may suggest local purchases to expedite the service
    3. If eligible, yes
  3. SHSGP programs from DHS have a peer review that ensures oversight and goal achievement.  This would be a suggestion that would aid the transparency of the process.
  4. Again depending on the Federal model and the determination of responsibility of the state/local groups would determine the allowable expenses.
  5.  All of the items listed in the question as well as travel and per diem for the meetings and assessments
    1. Yes, as this information may support the overall project
    2. New positions should only be created/approved if it is determined:
      1. Is this a short or long term position
      2. Once the grant period is over, will there be other funding to support this position
  6. Would depend on the Coverage goal
  7. In several states, these practices exist.  The consultant should incorporate as many of these standards prior to the construction as possible.
  8. SBI Grant
    1. Yes
    2. Coverage goal dependant
  9. Outcomes
    1. Yes
    2. Predetermined Metrics
    3. State Project Manager
    4. Existing network and coverage vs post project network and coverage
  10. These tools are nice, but need to have better user interface and instruction to gather the information required for the project
  11. Grant distribution - NMDHSEM
    1. Depends on goals of project
    2. Centrallized purchaseing (mass purchase with local delivery, would bring cost down)
    3. Yes
  12. CIO/CTO are very important in the network design, security and maintenance if it is a local requirement
  13. In today’s economy you will find it hard for any local agency to find matching funds for this project.
  14. The need for the public safety agencies to exchange information
  15. This request for information is not detailed enough on the goals of the project to fully determine proper answers for this questionnaire.  Additional information on the project and requests for specific information will be forthcoming during the consultant primary interviews.  The total funding for this project will not be adequate to ensure above a 50% coverage of the populated areas of the United States.

Documentation for this request identifies several key issues:

  1. NTIA and FirstNet are authorized to take all actions for design, construction and operation of this project.
    1. What is the coverage % goal?  Population or property?
    2. Who will be the oversight, or quality assurance group to monitor compliance?

The concept of allowing transmission of data to mobile units in the field is a daunting effort that will be hindered by the expense of the infrastructure and connectivity.  Due to the geography of the local area, the need for additional tower facilities will be great.   The network issue between the sites will also be an area of interest to ensure that interference and security issues are identified and dealt with appropriately. These expenses are not only for the design and construction, but for the operation and maintenance of the system(s).  Concerns on future funding of the operation have always been primary as most grants will provide for the initial design and construction, but not for the continued operation.  Local agencies may or may not have the ability to properly fund an enterprise operation of the communications system.  Presently in the State of New Mexico, if you are near an Interstate or US highway, chances are that you will have network infrastructure available – but what about the remote areas?  The build out cost for that alone nationally is astronomical.  Because this is a “radio” system, what licensing will be required?

The geography of Sandoval County includes all designations except for Ocean front property.  In the flat land area, the signals would travel freely and infrastructure requirements minimal; however in the canyon and mountain areas, additional support, technology, and infrastructure would be required.   The use of other agency infrastructure for redundancy and reliability could be considered, but that again brings in concerns of maintenance and reliability of a network we have no control over.  In Sandoval County, ten percent (10%) of the land is considered private ownership; the other ninety percent (90%) is Forest, BLM, National Park or Tribal ownership.  Permission for infrastructure facilities, in some cases may require congressional approval.  The processes for gaining these permissions often extend past the grant timeline.

Network concerns would be determined by the design of the system.  Local access requirements verses state or federal requirements.  Will this be a managed network from the federal, state or local side?  Who will be in charge of designing the network?  Because of the nature of the data that will be transmitted, high security requirements must also be considered.  Will there be a centralized network operations center (NOC) that monitors the condition of the network?  Or will the locals need to implement a NOC of their own? If the NOC exists at any level, how will it be funded?  The State Department of Information Technology is already over tasked, understaffed and underfunded in many of their projects.

Michael A. Scales
Michael A. Scales, K5SCA
Communications Administrator
Office of Emergency Communications
NMCEM, NMCOMC/L
APCO-AFC Local Advisor - NM
Office 505.867.7522 Cell 505.934.5847

 

Response of RCC Consultants, Inc., to the Request for Information (RIN: 0660-XC001) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Respecting the Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, NTIA Docket No: 120509050-1050-01.

Respectfully submitted,
RCC Consultants, Inc.
By: Carl Robert Aron
Founder and Executive Vice President
E-mail: c.aron@att.net and caron@rcc.com
Phone: (509) 536-2966

Please find attached comments of APCO International on the Request for Information issued by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) concerning the development of the state and local implementation grant program for the nationwide public safety broadband network.

Kindly direct any inquiries to the undersigned.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey S. Cohen
Chief Counsel – Law and Policy
Director of Government Relations
APCO International
1426 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(571) 312-4400 ext. 7005

To Whom it May Concern:

Attached, please find the response from the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) to the NTIA RFI regarding the State and Local Implementation Grant Program.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any troubles with the file or if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Sara Henry

LA-RICS Project Team
2525 Corporate Place, Suite 200
Monterey Park, CA  91754
Sara.Henry@LA-RICS.org
Office:  (323) 881-8311
Fax:       (323) 264-0718

Gentlemen,

Please find attached Fairfax County, Virginia’s response to the NTIA RFI Docket No: 120509050–1050–01in PDF format.

It is a pleasure working together to achieve the common goal.

With kindest regards,
Steve Brundage

Stephen L. Brundage
Director of Communication Technologies and Regional Initiatives
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 361
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
703.324.2398 (w)
703.475.7507 (c)
703.324.4017 (f)
Steve.brundage@fairfaxcounty.gov

See attached comments from North East Wisconsin Public Safety Communications (NEWCOM)

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Andrew Faust, GISP
210 McClellan Street, Suite 210
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 849-5510 ext. 305
email: afaust@ncwrpc.org
http://www.ncwrpc.org

Attached please find the comments of the Statewide Interoperability Coordinators of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia in response to NTIA's Request for Information published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2012 in Docket No. 120509050-1050-01.  Please accept these comments into the record in this docket.  If there are any questions, please contact Kenneth Boley at the email address and phone number below.

Thanks.
--
Kenneth R. Boley
The Interoperability Group
ken@interopgroup.com
202-746-4600

Please find attached Montana’s comments in response to NTIA’s Request (Docket No: 120509050-1050-01) regarding the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

Thank you.

Sheena Wilson
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Governor Brian Schweitzer
P. O. Box 200801
Helena, MT  59620
406-444-5503
406-444-4151 (fax)
swilson@mt.gov

Attached please find comments from the National Governors Association in response to the Request for Information regarding the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Hogsett (hhogsett@nga.org, 202-624-5360), Thomas MacLellan (tmaclellan@nga.org, 202-624-5427), or Mike Obrock (mobrock@nga.org, 202-624-5390).

Morgan Wilson
Legislative Coordinator
Office of Federal Relations
National Governors Association
Phone: (202) 624-7822
Fax: (202) 624-5825
mwilson@nga.org

Please accept the attached document as the Nez Perce Tribe’s comments regarding the development of the state and local implementation grant program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

Anjee Toothaker
Nez Perce Tribe
Office of Legal Counsel
(208) 843-7355
X = 3702

Dear Secretary Strickling:

Attached you will find NASCIO’s comments to NTIA’s Request for Information for development of the state and local implementation grant program for the nationwide public safety broadband network. We appreciate the opportunity to comment on this RFI and look forward to working with NTIA and the FirstNet Board as it continues to evaluate ideas for the PSBN.

Kind Regards,

Pam

Pamela Richardson Walker
Director of Government Affairs
NASCIO
Hall of States
444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 642
Washington, D.C. 20001-1511
P: (202) 624-8477
F: (202) 624-7745
C: (202) 215-2015
E:  pwalker@AMRms.com
W: www.nascio.org

Good day,

Attached are responses from the State of Maine to your request for information regarding the Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

If there are any problems with the file or questions please direct them to me.

Regards,

Wayne Gallant
Director, Network and Communication Services
Office of Information Technology
State of Maine
(207) 624-9424

To whom it may concern,

The FEMA Region 5 Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG), which is a multi-state working group established by congress to focus regional state collaboration and preparedness for communications amongst the region states is submitting our responses to the RFI requests to those questions we deem are most relevant to our ability to focus appropriate responses. The membership of the RECCWG consists of local and state public safety/first responder disciplines and the associated UASI areas within the region. In our region we had identified a subcommittee of the working group to focus on Public Safety Broadband and convened the committee to develop the responses that we submit to you today. Those members that helped prepare the responses are also copied on this email for reference as participants in this effort (other than the FEMA and OEC reps that I copied to inform them of the submission of comments for our region.) Please see attached the Adobe PDF document that we have developed in collaboration within our region. Thank You.

 -Brad

 Bradley A. Stoddard
Director – Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS)
Alternate Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC)
Department of Technology, Management and Budget
State of Michigan
4000 Collins Rd, Lansing, MI 48909
stoddardb@michigan.gov
Office – (517) 336-6108
Mobile – (517) 204-8051

Bill Price, Director Broadband Programs
Department of Management Services
Division of Telecommunications
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
D (850) 410-0709
Bill.Price@dms.MyFlorida.com

On behalf of Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy, I am forwarding Nebraska’s comments relative to Docket Number 120509050-1050-01, NTIA’s Request for Information seeking public comment on various issues relating to the development of the State and Local Implementation grant program, which NTIA must establish pursuant to the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to assist state and local governments in planning for a single, nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network. Thank you.

Brenda L. Decker
Chief Information Officer
State of Nebraska
brenda.decker@nebraska.gov

To whom it may concern,

Please find attached Minnesota’s response to the NTIA’s May 11, 2012 RFI on Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

Minnesota has been a national leader in public safety broadband planning, being the first state to our knowledge to complete a public safety broadband study including a comprehensive user needs assessment and statewide network design.

Minnesota is pleased to have the opportunity to provide input on this very important issue.

Thank you,

Brandon Abley
Minnesota Emergency Communication Networks
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 137
St Paul, Minnesota 55101-5137
Office: (651) 201-7554
Cell: (651) 263-0002

Please find attached Booz Allen Hamilton’s response to NTIA’s Request for Information, Docket No. 120509050-1050-01 – Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.  Thank you for the opportunity to provide our perspective on considerations we believe would help NTIA develop this important public safety program.

Best regards,

Brian Love
Principal
Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
(w):  202-898-3407
(e):  love_brian@bah.com

The attached comments prepared by the New Mexico Department of Information Technology (NM DoIT) are hereby filed in response to NTIA’s Request for Information with regards to Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, published at 77 Fed. Reg. 28857 (May 16, 2012). 

-Matthew Plache

Matthew J. Plache
Catalano & Plache, PLLC
3221 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone:  202-338-3200
Mobile:   571-286-1290
mjp@catalanoplache.com

Attached is our response on the above referenced RFI. Please refer any questions to either:

Chris Ford, cford@ventera.com, 703-442-5220, or
Virgil Stites, vstites@ventera.com, 209-620-8276

Thank you

The whom it may concern:

Attached please find the State of New Jersey’s comments to the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Request For Information (RFI) for the Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

Regards,

Bruce Leck

Bruce Leck
Broadband Program Manager
State of New Jersey
Office of Information Technology
(609) 777-2650
bruce.leck@oit.state.nj.us

We are pleased to have the opportunity to respond and we look forward to working with NTIA on this very important initiative.

Regards,

George Bakolia   

George Bakolia
State of North Carolina
Office of Information Technology Services
(919) 754-2980 (office)
(919) 981-2548 (fax)
george.bakolia@nc.gov

Derek Nesselrode
Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
Commonwealth of Kentucky
94 Airport Rd. Frankfort KY. 40601
502-782-2064
derek.nesselrode@ky.gov

To Whom it May Concern,

We hereby file, on behalf of Operator Advisory Committee (OAC), the OAC response to the NTIA Request for Information regarding the State and Local Implementation Grant Program.  

If you have any issues opening the file, or any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Best regards,

Sara Henry
LA-RICS Project Team
2525 Corporate Place, Suite 200
Monterey Park, CA  91754
Sara.Henry@LA-RICS.org
Office:  (323) 881-8311
Fax:       (323) 264-0718

Sir,

Please accept these comments on behalf of SEARCH.  Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Mallorie F. Teubner
Director, Information Sharing Programs

SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics
217.720.0729  /  mallorie@search.org  /  www.search.org

On behalf of the State of Nevada, attached hereto, please find the Comments of the State of Nevada submitted by its Commission on Homeland Security ((State of Nevada Network (“SONNet”) subcommittee)) in the above referenced Docket (Docket No. 120509050-1050-01).

Questions regarding these Comments may be sent to Chris Magenheimer, SONNet Program Manager (cmagenheimer@washoecounty.us ).


James T. Endres | Government Affairs Group Executive Director

MCDONALD CARANO WILSON LLP
100 West Liberty Street, 10th Floor  |  Reno, NV 89501
phone (775) 788-2000  |  fax (775) 788-2020

Attached are comments in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Request for Information  seeking input on the $135 Million State and Local Implementation Grant Program.

We appreciate the opportunity to provide input on  the implementation of the Grant, and the development of the FirstNet process.

Please feel free to contact me with nay question.

Thank you.

Robert Barbato
Director/Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
Office of Interoperable & Emergency Communications
NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
State Office Campus - Building 7A
1220 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12242
RBarbato@dhses.ny.gov

Office:  518-322-4915

Attached please find the Comments of Montgomery County, Maryland in the above-captioned proceeding, "Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network," Docket No. 120509050-1050-01, RIN 0660-XC001. 

Willette Hill  | Best Best & Krieger LLP
Legal Secretary Washington Office

2000 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Suite 4300, Washington, DC 20006
Direct: (202) 370-5310 | Fax: (202) 785-1234
email: willette.hill@bbklaw.com

The following comments upon the NTIA FirstNet Request for Information are submitted on behalf of public safety and broadband organizations in Mendocino County, California.

Our RFI comments are attached in PDF file format.

On behalf of the Rhode Island Broadband Program Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation,  attached are RIBB’s response to the NTIA’s Request for Comments issued in this matter.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this filing.

Alan M. Shoer
ADLER POLLOCK & SHEEHAN P.C.
One Citizens Plaza, 8th Floor
Providence, RI  02903
E-Mail ashoer@apslaw.com
Phone 401-274-7200
Direct 401-427-6152
Fax 401-751-0604

To Whom it May Concern,

On behalf of the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (BayRICS), I have provided the attached response to the NTIA Request for Information regarding the State and Local Implementation Grant Program.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Barry Fraser
BayRICS Authority
925-803-7882
barry.fraser@sfgov.org

Please see the attached comments. Should you have any questions, I may be reached at 770-270-7955.

Thanks,

Greg Ford

Attached is the State of Utah's official response to NTIA's May 16, 2012 Request for Information regarding "Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network" [Docket No: 120509050-1050-01].  A letter in support of the State of Utah comments from Governor Gary R. Herbert is also attached.

We appreciate the opportunity to comment on this important matter and thank NTIA for consideration of Utah's comments.

Regards,

Tara Thue
(Submitting on behalf of our working group representatives: the Utah Broadband Advisory Council, Department of Technology Services, Utah Communications Agency Network, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Salt Lake City Corporation, members of the Utah State Interoperability Executive Committee and the Utah 911 Committee)

Tara N. Thue
Manager, Utah Broadband Project
Governor's Office of Economic Development
60 East South Temple, 3rd Floor
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
office: (801) 538-8742  mobile: (801) 541-3473
tthue@utah.gov
website: http://broadband.utah.gov
twitter: @utahbroadband

To whom it may concern:

Please find attached two sets of comments regarding the State and Local Implementation Grant Program RFI.  One set of comments is from Kristin Russell, CIO for the State of Colorado and the second is from the Office of Information Technology. 

Please contact me with any questions regarding this submission.

Thank you,

Brian Shepherd

Brian Shepherd
Broadband Program Manager

Governor's Office of Information Technology
601 E 18th St., Denver, CO 80203
303.764.7826 (D) | 720.320.3723 (M)
Brian.Shepherd@state.co.us

Greetings,

Attached, please find comments from Motorola Solutions, Inc. in response to the RFI in the matter of the Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

Regards,

Chuck

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Chuck Powers, Global Gov't Affairs
Motorola Solutions, Inc
phone: 202-371-6904
mobile: 512-576-0008
text message: 5125760008@vtext.com
chuck.powers@motorolasolutions.com

NTIA,

Attached please find the cover letter and response to docket 120509050-1050-4 compiled by the State of Texas regarding the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Regards,

Todd M. Early
Deputy Assistant Director
Public Safety Communications Service
Texas Department of Public Safety
512-424-2121

Please find attached Comments of NRECA, NRTC & NTCA in response to the NTIA Notice dated May 16, 2012.

Thank you-

AMANDA WOODARD
Legal/Technical Administrative Assistant
Government Relations
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
4301 Wilson Blvd.  Arlington, VA 22203
PH: (703) 907-5556    FAX: (703) 907-5517
Amanda.Woodard@nreca.coop

Dear Sirs/Madams:

Attached is the official response from Textron Systems Advanced Systems for the:

                National Telecommunications & Information Administration Request for Information

                Comments on Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program

                Date: June 15, 2012        

                Docket No: 120509050-1050-01

                RIN: 0660-XC001

Thank you for the opportunity to comment. Please direct questions to the contact information listed in the attached response.

Respectfully submitted,

Brandon Johnson, PMP
Director
Textron Systems Advanced Systems
An operating unit of Textron Systems
Ph: 512.358.2947
bjohnson@overwatch.textron.com
www.overwatch.com

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