Outreach and Education Update from Terry LaValley, Vermont’s Single Point of Contact (SPOC)

31 May 2016

April marked the one year anniversary of the start of our outreach campaign.  We are proud to have met many of our initial outreach goals.  Here is a summary of the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission’s major outreach accomplishments over the past year.

  • Launched an outreach and education website, almost 2,000 site visitors since site launch
  • Presented at each of the 13 Local Emergency Planning Committees in Vermont
  • Presented at each of the 13 Emergency Medical Service Districts in Vermont
  • Tabled at the Vermont Volunteer Firefighters Association Annual Meeting and the Vermont Police Association’s annual conference
  • Started the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission Facebook page to keep first responders updated on our outreach progress and provide additional information
  • Presented at important stakeholder groups such as the Professional Firefighters of Vermont, Vermont Association of Planners and Developers, Addison County Firefighters Association, and the Vermont Hospitals Emergency Planning Commission
  • Achieved a 70 percent survey response rate on a survey to help determine Vermont’s network capacity needs
  • Reached out to 230 telecommunications providers throughout the state of Vermont to make them aware of FirstNet and encouraged them to participate in the national conversation
  • Contacted every police, fire, and EMS entity in the state for their input in planning for FirstNet (direct mail and email)
  • Responded to two public notices regarding FirstNet on the federal registry
  • Attended the 2016 International Wireless Communications Expo and the Fall FirstNet Meeting

In January 2016, FirstNet released their final RFP. They now seek to attract competitive offerings from commercial carriers who will become their partner in building out the National Public Safety Broadband Network.  We have dedicated an entire article to explaining the RFP and the next steps in building out the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

Project Manager Tess Gauthier left her position in December 2015.  After diligently searching for a qualified, experienced candidate to fill Tess’s position, I am happy to announce that the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission hired Lisa Helme.  Lisa comes to the position from the State Treasurer’s Office where she worked for nine years on education and communication projects. In her career, Lisa has had the opportunity to lead public outreach initiatives for a variety of governmental, nonprofit, and educational organizations. We are happy to have her contribute to our ongoing participation in the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

In response to a request from FirstNet, we have a formed a Consultation Task Team to review the recommendations from FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee on preemption and priority access to the National Public Safety Broadband Network.  If you would like to attend one of the Consultation Task Team meetings to help them review FirstNet’s recommendations please call me or Project Manager Justin Barton at (802) 241-5393.

We recently held our initial consultation and governance meeting with FirstNet’s Regional Consultation Lead, Michael Varney.  When he is available, Michael will attend our presentations to first responder groups in Vermont. He already attended a meeting of the Professional Firefighters of Vermont with us in February.

The Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission, myself, and our team look forward to our ongoing meetings with you, hearing your thoughts and concerns, and keeping you engaged as the preparation for the National Public Safety Broadband Network continues.  Please contact me or any of our staff directly with questions about our work to prepare for the National Public Safety Broadband Network.


Terry M. LaValley
FirstNet, Vermont SPOC | Department of Public Safety | Director, Radio Technology Services
(802) 241-5215 Office
(802) 338-2459 Cellular


The FirstNet project is housed within the Radio Technology Services unit of the Department of Public Safety.

Public Safety Broadband Network Commission
Department of Public Safety
45 State Drive Waterbury, VT 05671
(802) 241-5535/ Email the PSBC

Email the PSBC Chair: Terry.Lavalley@vermont.gov

Visit the federal government FirstNet Authority web site at: www.FirstNet.gov

Visit the commercial AT&T FirstNet subscriber web site at: www.FirstNet.com

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