FirstNet Board Advances First Responder Network Procurement Process
Board unanimously votes to move to contract; delegates authority to FirstNet CEO to make award
March 28, 2017 (RESTON) -- The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today took a critical step to position the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (“Network”) procurement for completion as soon as possible.
March 17, 2017 (RESTON) The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today released the following statement from FirstNet CEO Mike Poth on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruling in the protest action regarding the acquisition process for the nationwide public safety broadband network:
December 14, 2016 (Sacramento):The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today outlined its readiness for a public-private partnership to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (Network), including a plan to ensure progress on key Network components in the first 100 days of the partnership.
I was honored to be with our FirstNet board and senior leadership from the U.S. public safety community in our nation’s capital for what FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson called “a milestone moment” for FirstNet and public safety as the Board unanimously passed a resolution authorizing FirstNet’s CEO, Mike Poth, to take all actions needed to make the network contract award.
Next week, FirstNet heads to Las Vegas to “Make Connections, Make a Difference,” at the 40th anniversary International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2017.
At IWCE, held March 27-31, FirstNet will share insight into the latest on the organization and the Network, including current status, next steps, and benefits to public safety and opportunities for industry. The organization also looks forward to continuing the dialogue with the states and territories on the delivery of state plans, as well as the key considerations around the Governor's decision on the plan.
The City of San Diego's Fire-Rescue Department comprises all fire, emergency medical, lifeguard and emergency management services, including 9-1-1 services. Covering 331 square miles with a population of 1,337,000, the need for reliable communications and rapid transmission of data by the more than 1,300 responders is critical.
This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). The PSAC consists of members representing associations and agencies from all disciplines of public safety, as well as state, territorial, tribal, and local governments, and provides guidance and recommendations to FirstNet in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. Its input is invaluable to the development of the FirstNet network.
The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) as an independent authority within NTIA to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety.