Many key FirstNet fees will be reviewed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to determine whether the fees generate enough revenue to cover FirstNet’s expenses but are not excessive, according to an NTIA proposal that will be the subject of a public proceeding for the next month.
All FirstNet board members voted to approve the final request for proposal (RFP) for the multibillion-dollar nationwide public-safety broadband network, but the full board will not select the winning bid. Instead, FirstNet officials say that a team that could have representation from the board and other federal entities will spearhead an evaluation process that will result in a selection recommendation that will be executed formally by the contracting officer being used by FirstNet.
We won’t know about the details of FirstNet’s final request for proposal (RFP) until it is released next month, but the fact that FirstNet will be able to issue this RFP in a timely manner is huge accomplishment. All involved—board members and staff—deserve plaudits for making it happen under challenging circumstances.
FirstNet board members unanimously vote to have the FirstNet staff release the final request for proposal (RFP) in early January, allowing vendor teams that want to build a much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network to submit public-private-partnership proposals that will be due in May.
Migrating to IP-based technologies provides an opportunity for all kinds of command-and-control centers—whether they are supporting an enterprise, public safety or a critical-infrastructure entity—to realize improved functionality and resiliency, but making the transition can be complicated and challenging, according to speakers participating in a recent webinar addressing the subject.
Motorola Solutions has inked a deal to buy Airwave—the provider of the public-safety TETRA network in Great Britain—for about £700 million cash, or $1.05 billion, as part of the company’s effort to expand its global managed and support services business, according to a Motorola Solutions official.
There are a lot of questions today surrounding the deployment of FirstNet and next-generation 911 (NG911) systems, but many of these queries may be answered during the next year—beginning with potentially significant meetings that will be conducted next week.