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JoePowell Dec 07,2016
The law that established the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) requires it to consult with local, state/territory, tribal, and federal public safety entities to ensure that the nationwide public safety broadband network (network) is designed to meet the needs of public safety across the country.
FirstNet is working through the State and Territory Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) to gather inputs from key stakeholders for developing its deployment plan, one method of which is data collection. The law requires FirstNet to deliver a state plan to each governor regarding FirstNet’s plan to deploy the Radio Access Network (RAN) within the state or territory. FirstNet is in the process of developing a Request for Proposals (RFP) toward a Comprehensive Network Solution(s).
FirstNet’s current approach is based upon the premise that FirstNet will seek proposals for a network solution or solutions allowing it to control and operate a nationwide Core network, RANs in Opt-in States, as well as for devices, deployable capabilities, applications, integration, and maintenance and operational services required to fully function as an operational wireless standards-based long term evolution (LTE) network nationwide. FirstNet will solicit feedback on the RFP prior to its release through a series of engagements with industry, public safety, and various stakeholders at the local, state, tribal and federal levels.
For more information contact us at DataCollection@FirstNet.gov or review the FirstNet Data Collection