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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board approved the Request for Proposal (RFP) to deploy the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). The Board’s approval advances FirstNet's Strategic Program Roadmap and moves FirstNet a step closer to establishing a public-private partnership to build, operate, and maintain the NPSBN. The FirstNet RFP is objectives based and incorporates public safety’s needs for a nationwide broadband network. The RFP is available now and applications are due by April 29, 2016.
View the FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network RFP. Read the full press release for more information. Details on FirstNet are available here.
Officials recently explored how first responders could use a nationwide, dedicated, wireless broadband network that would be beneficial in major emergencies. Firefighters, deputies and other officials were attracted to Sherburne County because of an experimental network built by a St. Cloud company. A network separate from the digital tunnels people use to update Facebook would benefit first responders. Sharing information among responders and agencies is critical during major emergencies such as a gas explosion or severe storm. More information on wireless networks and the testing done in Elk River is available in this article from the St. Cloud Times.