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FirstNet Wireless Broadband goes to Capitol Hill

​The CEO of FirstNet has testified before a Congressional subcommittee about the progress of creating the dedicated wireless broadband network for first responders around the country. Mike Poth updated Senators on the ongoing request for proposal (RFP) process which started on June 1st. FirstNet hopes to announce a partnership with a private vendor by November.

In the meantime, FirstNet continues its outreach efforts with states, like Minnesota, which are planning to join the dedicated wireless broadband network.  Poth addressed possible challenges and potential concerns during today’s hearing.

Watch a part of Mike Poth’s testimony via C-SPAN.

FirstNet Release of RFP

​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 May 13, 2016.  The award is anticipated by the end of the year.

View the FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network RFP and ammendments.

Read the full press release for more information.

Details on FirstNet are available here.