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FirstNet Issues RFP for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network

January 13, 2016

RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network, marking a major step forward in FirstNet's efforts to modernize communications for first responders and other public safety personnel across the U.S.

FirstNet Board Approves Release of RFP

December 9, 2015

HOUSTON, TX – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today approved the Request for Proposal (RFP) to deploy the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) and directed management to take all necessary actions to release the RFP in early January. The Board’s approval advances FirstNet's Strategic Program Roadmap and moves FirstNet a step closer to establishing a public-private partnership to build, operate, and maintain the NPSBN.

FirstNet Board Approves Key RFP Elements, Final Public Notice Interpretations

October 2, 2015

Media Contact: Ryan Oremland (571) 665-6186 or (202) 770-5761; ryan.oremland@firstnet.gov
RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today approved key elements of its Request for Proposal(s) (RFP) to deploy the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN), including a national acquisition approach that creates opportunities for national and regional partnerships – that incorporate rural telecommunications providers – to build and operate the NPSBN.

FirstNet Congratulates Chair Sue Swenson on Wireless Hall of Fame Induction

September 10, 2015

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) congratulates Chair Sue Swenson on her induction into the Wireless History Foundation (WHF) Hall of Fame.  This honor recognizes individuals for their contributions to the wireless industry in the areas of leadership, innovation, and achievement.

FirstNet Board Members Appointed by Commerce Secretary: Member Statements

FirstNet Board Announces Creation of New CEO, President Positions; Names Michael Poth CEO,TJ Kennedy to Function in Role of President

August 17, 2015

RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today announced the restructuring of its senior management positions to more closely align with its mission and operating model by creating the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President titles and appointing technology executive and former police captain Michael Poth as the new CEO of FirstNet.

FirstNet Board Approves $126 Million for FY16 For Acquisition, Consultation, Spectrum Relocation

August 17, 2015

RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today gave the green light to fund key Strategic Program Roadmap activities in Fiscal Year 2016 that are vital to the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

FirstNet Finance Committee Approves FY16 Budget with Focus on Acquisition, Consultation

August 6, 2015

RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Finance Committee today approved funding guidance to advance FirstNet’s top priorities in Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16), including the release of a Request for Proposal(s) (RFP) for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN), further consultation with a broad range of public safety stakeholders, and a spectrum relocation grant program to ensure unencumbered spectrum for the network.

FirstNet Announces August 27 Industry Day to Continue Engagement with Public Safety, Industry

July 30, 2015

RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced today it will hold a second Industry Day on Thursday, August 27, to address both recent developments and key next steps for its nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) acquisition. The Industry Day will take place at FirstNet’s headquarters in Reston, VA from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern Time and will be open to the public and broadcast via webcast.

FirstNet's TJ Kennedy Testifies Before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

June 16, 2015

Chairman Walden, Ranking Member Eshoo, and Members of the Subcommittee, on behalf of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), I would like to thank you for the opportunity to appear before you to discuss the progress that we have made since our last testimony before this panel in November 2013. Congressional oversight is a vital component to the success of FirstNet, and I look forward to sharing with this panel the progress that we have made in planning for the deployment and operation of a network that will meet the needs of our nation’s first responders.

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