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Next Deadline in FirstNet RFP is March 31

By Amanda Murphy

In January, FirstNet released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for a nationwide public safety broadband network.  The final proposal deadline was extended by two weeks from April 29 to May 13, 2016, after FirstNet received hundreds of questions about the RFP. In an interview with The Business of Federal Technology, FirstNet officials say they’ve answered 334 of the RFP questions and 68 questions that remain will be answered this week. FirstNet officials say they are on track for the proposal deadline and do not foresee any other delays.

The next deadline is for capability statements from potential bidders, which are due March 31, 2016. This is a voluntary statement from companies interested in bidding for the RFP that details how they would implement their plan for the national comprehensive LTE communications network.

Read more in the recent article by The Business of Federal Technology.

Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB), has delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and hosted workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-chair were elected to the Regional Interoperability Committee (RIC) to work with the ISICSB.

About FirstNet: The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network.

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