An entire section of FirstNet’s request for proposal (RFP) that addresses the manufacturing location of equipment for the system was changed—an action related one of 64 answers to RFP questions that include clarifications about network performance, rural-coverage partnerships and post-RFP negotiations with bidders.
FirstNet releases its second set of answers to questions about the request for proposal (RFP) that include 33 changes to the RFP on topics that include rural partnerships, cybersecurity, definitions, payment timing and a host of processes and administrative items.
FirstNet releases its first set of answers to questions submitted about its request for proposal (RFP) and announced that two key dates—the deadlines for bidders to provide an optional capability statement and to submit final proposals—will be moved delayed by two weeks, meaning final bids are now due on May 13.
When is FirstNet going to be built and provide the kind of reliable broadband services that the public-safety community has been seeking for the past decade? Here’s one projection, based on FirstNet’s RFP, current law and target deadlines for the key LTE standards body.
A wireless carrier may not be the prime contractor for FirstNet, but the general consensus is that a carrier (or multiple carriers) will have to be part of any winning proposal to build and operate the nationwide public-safety broadband network. Which carriers might be interested, and why?
Next year, the four nationwide wireless carriers will test ithe technology and data that could deliver meaningful, dispatchable locations for 911 wireless phone calls inside and outside buildings a reality, according to an official with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO).
Jeff Cohen, chief counsel for the Association of Public-Safety Officials (APCO), speaks about the issue of 911 call location accuracy and APCO’s role in improving the issue at APCO’s Emerging Technology Forum in Atlanta.
Alan Perdue, executive director for the Safer Buildings Coalition, outlines efforts his organization is taking within the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association to have building codes require indoor wireless coverage for both first responders and the general public that needs to call 911 to get emergency help.