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Learn About Your Public Safety Broadband Network - FirstNet

Join experts and other public safety officials in learning about your broadband network, FirstNet, and the applications and devices available to you today.

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FirstNet Built by AT&T ESChat Intrepid Networks Intrepid Networks

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Schedule at a Glance

The FirstNet Association Regional Forum offers a unique opportunity to connect and collaborate with experts, examine case studies from public/private partners, and learn how your agency can adopt FirstNet as your communication tool.


7:30 – 8:00 AM

Coffee and Bagels


8:15 – 8:30 AM


Al Gillespie – President, FirstNet Association


8:15 – 8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks


8:30 – 9:15 AM

What is the First Responder Network Authority vs FirstNet – Built with AT&T

Confused about the differences between the First Responder Network Authority and FirstNet-Built With AT&T? FirstNet Association’s Ray Flynn, who helped get the FirstNet legislation passed will offer an overview of the
government entity that Congress created earlier this decade. Garett Doyle from AT&T will explain how
FirstNet-Built With AT&T furthers the overall mission of the First Responder Network Authority and help
describe the distinct, but complimentary roles of each entity. The session will also provide information on the
FirstNet – Built by AT&T portal, and will walk through how eligible network users can begin using the dedicated network.



Ray Flynn – Secretary, FirstNet Association

Garett Doyle – FirstNet Built With AT&T

Invited – First Responder Network Authority


9:00 – 9:30 AM

All About Coverage

Have you wondered how you can help FirstNet – Built with AT&T regarding public safety broadband coverage in Colorado? Here’s how! This panel, led by AT&T and longtime industry consultant Andy Seybold, will cover the significant progress in building out FirstNet’s network in Colorado, and will focus on the proactive steps Colorado’s public safety community can do now to ensure the network meets public safety’s stringent needs.


Andy Seybold – Consultant, Andrew Seybold Consulting


9:30 – 9:45 AM

Morning Break


9:45 – 10:15 AM

Critical Public Safety Applications on the FirstNet Network: A Case Study on Body Cameras

Law enforcement officers have tens of pounds of equipment that they must carry on a daily basis. While this
equipment is vital to an officer’s well-being, the weight of these tools can lead to long-term health challenges.
Learn how a software developer that has turned a smartphone into a body worn camera, thereby removing
the need to carry a separate piece of hardware, and hear from a local Chief who tested and deployed the
solution in his department.


Alex Popof – Visual Labs 
Karl Wilmes – Police Chief, (Ret.), Federal Heights, CO


10:15 – 11:00 AM

Push to Talk: Communication over LTE and Integration with LMR

Push-to-talk over LMR remains a critical communications function for today’s public safety professionals. As
cellular networks evolve and mature, questions have arisen regarding how LTE-based PTT communications will complement mission-critical PTT. Hear from three partners who are developing innovative PTT solutions for
FirstNet and how these applications are impacting departments nationwide.


John Matovich  – FirstNet Built with AT&T
Josh Lober – President, ESChat 
Desmond Thorsson – Technologist, Orion Labs 


11:00 – 11:45 AM

Hardware & Software - What choices and options are available today?

Not just any products will make their way on to public safety’s dedicated public safety network. AT&T’s team has outlined very stringent hurdles that must be cleared before anything – hardware or software – touches the FirstNet network. Experts from FirstNet – Built by AT&T, along with entities that have stepped through the certification processes will share their experiences on how solutions are vetted. Presentation will include an overview of what devices and software are available today.


Jason Winslow  – VP of Business Development, Intrepid Networks
Victor Bennett –  Director of Sales, Sonim Technologies


11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch & Learn – Disaster Response: AT&T’s Action Plan for the 2018 Hurricane Season

AT&T’s Ryan Burchnell provides a lunchtime overview of FirstNet-Built with AT&T’s response to the hurricanes that impacted the East Coast in 2018


Ryan Burchnell – Market Development Manager, FirstNet Built With AT&T


1:00 – 2:00 PM

Emergency Response Town Hall: Tell us What you Think

During this hour-long facilitated discussion, attendees will learn about the proactive steps AT&T is taking to build out the first-of-its-kind FirstNet network. Attendees are invited to voice their opinion on what key elements and features must be included in the ongoing network buildout.


2:00  – 2:30 PM

What Deployables Mean for Colorado: Missing Persons & Wildland Fires

FirstNet’s network is more than just towers. Learn from industry professionals who will describe some of the
less well-known, but incredibly important components of the network that keep public safety users connected
in a multitude of ways, and how they’ve already made significant contributions to overall safety and security.


Ryan Burchnell – Market Development Manager, FirstNet Built With AT&T


2:30 – 2:45 PM

Grants & Resources Information

The solutions covered during the conference today are attainable, even to departments who may be pressed
for budget dollars to cover the cost of adoption. Learn how public safety-specific grants can help fill gaps
where city or county-wide budgets might fall short.


Dick Mirgon – Partner, Next Paradigm Consulting
John Matovich – FirstNet Built with AT&T 


2:45 – 3:00 PM

Close of Program

Ray Flynn – Secretary, FirstNet Association 



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