Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet


News and information related to the nationwide broadband communications network for first responders that is being designed and built under the auspices of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) an entity with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

  • Sep 29, 2015

    FirstNet is sending out an invite (RFP). Will anyone come? 2

    By Andrew Seybold. FirstNet's final request for proposal (RFP) needs to structured to be friendly to commercial partner(s), because this public-safety broadband network is not a traditional federal acquisition. If FirstNet releases a request for proposal (RFP) that follows the draft RFP template, it is running a high risk of not being able to meet the mandate established by Congress....More
  • Sep 25, 2015

    Preventing a devastating, OPM-like hack of FirstNet

    By Patrick Flynn. FirstNet is poised to be a game changer in the public-safety communities, but we can’t lose sight of the importance of applying the appropriate security architecture to the overall network design....More
  • Sep 24, 2015

    Learn about communications during the Pope’s visit, how states are meeting FirstNet’s data-collection deadline during webinar

    During next Wednesday’s eBriefing webinar, “Everything FirstNet, from Early Builders to State Consultations to RFP,” hear from two states that are working to delivery FirstNet’s data-collection information on Sept. 30 while they are coordinating security and communications associated with the travels of Pope Francis this week....More
  • Sep 15, 2015

    Where will FirstNet be next 9/11? 6

    As we observed the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies last week, FirstNet officials were busy preparing for the release of a final RFP by the end of year. By the same time next year, we should know a lot more about the effort to build a nationwide broadband network for public safety—good or bad....More

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