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FirstNet Board Reviews Key Milestones Along Program Roadmap Toward Final RFP for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN)

June 3, 2015

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board met this week to ensure the continued success of its Strategic Program Roadmap (Roadmap) and the deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). During FirstNet Committee and Board meetings held yesterday and today, the Board reviewed key Roadmap milestones in the areas of acquisition, finance, technology, and consultation, which are critical for the development of a final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the network.

FirstNet Holds Successful First Industry Day

May 14, 2015

Media Contact: Ryan Oremland (703) 648-4114 or (202) 770-5761; ryan.oremland@firstnet.gov

RESTON, VA —The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today held its first “Industry Day” with interested parties on the Special Notice and draft Request for Proposals (RFP) documents. More than 425 representatives from federal, state, local jurisdictions, associations, and the vendor community participated in person or via webcast.

FirstNet to Hold "Industry Day" On May 14; Will Begin Accepting Requests for One-on-One Meetings May 15

April 30, 2015

RESTON, VA – As part of its ongoing efforts to consult with stakeholders, FirstNet will hold an “Industry Day” on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern Time at the Dallas L. Peck Memorial Auditorium at the US Geological Survey building in Reston, VA. The event will be open to the public and broadcast via webcast. Additionally, FirstNet will begin accepting requests for one-on-one meetings with vendors May 15.

FirstNet Board Approves Draft RFP Documents, Third Public Notice with Emphasis on Continued Public Safety Consultation

April 24, 2015

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2015
Media Contact: Ryan Oremland (703) 648-4114 or (202) 770-5761; ryan.oremland@firstnet.gov

RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today approved the framework of FirstNet’s proposed acquisition approach to deploy the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) and authorized the release of a Special Notice requesting feedback on draft Request for Proposals (RFP) documents.

FirstNet Extends Comment Period for Second Notice

March 31, 2015

RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet”) today announced that it is extending the comment period for its recently released Second Notice to ensure interested parties, including states and territories, have additional time to provide meaningful responses. Comments will now be accepted through April 28, 2015.

Written Testimony of FirstNet Board Chairwoman Sue Swenson before the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee

March 11, 2015

FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson testified before the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee today at a hearing titled "Three Years Later: Are We Any Closer To A Nationwide Public Safety Wireless Broadband Network?" In her testimony, Chair Swenson outlined both the progress and challenges in establishing a nationwide public safety broadband network. The testimony also points out the robust consultation and outreach that FirstNet has taken to coordinate with the public safety community at all levels of government to ensure the network is deployed throughout the nation, including in rural communities.

FirstNet Board Approves Release of Second Public Notice and Seeks Comments

March 9, 2015

RESTON, VA – As part of its ongoing efforts to consult with stakeholders, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today approved for release a second Public Notice (Second Notice) seeking comment on important interpretations of FirstNet’s enabling legislation, including public safety customer, operational, and funding considerations related to states or territories assuming responsibility for radio access network (RAN) deployment.

FirstNet Board Makes Major Strides Toward Acquisition Strategy; Johnson Appointed Vice Chair

December 10, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today addressed key findings from the input provided by stakeholders in response to the Request for Information (RFI) and Public Notice that closed in late October. FirstNet leadership said the open Board meeting held today at the Salt Lake City Police Department further illustrates its transparent approach to developing a comprehensive acquisition strategy for the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

Written Testimony of TJ Kennedy Acting General Manager First Responder Network Authority

November 18, 2014

Before the Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications United States House of Representatives Hearing on “Interoperable Communications: Assessing Progress Since 9/11” November 18, 2014

FirstNet Finance Committee Gives Go-Ahead To Fund Key RFP, Consultation Activities in FY15

November 17, 2014

RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Finance Committee today approved Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) funding guidance that supports program roadmap activities in the areas of Request for Proposal (RFP) development for the purpose of identifying and negotiating key private-public partnership arrangements; network planning and development; consultation with regional, state, tribal, and local jurisdictions; and organizational operations and infrastructure. The Finance Committee held a special meeting via a public teleconference during which it unanimously approved Resolution 8.

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