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April 11, 2016 – (RESTON, VA) The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced today that it extended the deadline for proposals for the deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) by two and a half weeks, from May 13 to May 31, 2016.
The extension follows FirstNet’s review of multiple capability statements submitted by potential offerors. FirstNet issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the network on January 13, 2016.
“Our decision to extend the deadline for final proposals was driven by both the volume and nature of the capability statements as well as requests for extensions we’ve received from interested parties,” said FirstNet Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth. “We believe this date affords prospective offerors the opportunity to fine tune their proposals and finalize any teaming arrangements and/or subcontractors, and we remain on track to award by November 1.”
FirstNet has been obligated by Congress to take all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide public safety broadband network for local, state, regional, tribal, and federal first responders and other public safety personnel. FirstNet is an independent authority established by Congress in 2012 that is governed by a 15-member Board that consists of the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General of the United States, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and 12 members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce composed of representatives from public safety, government, and the wireless industry. (www.firstnet.gov)