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.
David Oberholzer, director of wireless business development for Fujitsu Network Communications, highlights the company’s roles in three of the five early-builder projects approved by FirstNet during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the CCA conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The FCC’s Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture’s (TFOPA) funding working group yesterday delivered its final report, which provided a funding policy framework that suggested changing 911 fee structure from a phone-line charge to a broadband-network fee and a third-party audit of 911 funding to expedite and fund NG911 migration.
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.
The much-anticipated public-safety LTE network being deployed by the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) is on track to be completed by next week’s federal deadline, and the new system should be operational by the end of the year, according to an LA-RICS spokesman.
Most rail companies will not implement positive-train-control (PTC) technology by the end of the year, as current law requires, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released this week. Meanwhile, at least some rail companies say they may stop service, if Congress does not pass legislation to extend the PTC-compliance deadline, according to a letter from a top transportation official.