FirstNet releases RFP for multibillion-dollar, 25-year contract

Posted by Nooshin Rezazad on January 14, 2016

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Yesterday, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released its official request for proposals (RFP) for the deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network. The long-awaited release comes after a year of meetings with states and the release of multiple requests for information (RFIs). FirstNet will conduct a two-hour public webinar on Friday, January 15, at 1 p.m. EST. Questions regarding the RFP are due February 12, and capability statements are due March 17. Proposals are due by April 29.

In early 2014, FirstNet released consultation packages to 50 states and six territories in preparation for in-person meetings with individual states and territories – the first of which was with Maryland on July 31, 2014. In addition to the state consultation meetings, FirstNet released an RFI in September 2014 that incorporated information from previous RFIs that used vendor responses to create a draft RFP. FirstNet received 122 responses to the RFI as well as 64 responses to a public notice that was released. FirstNet released a total of 13 RFIs, several draft RFPs, and held many industry events to develop a final solicitation. 

The gray states in the map below indicate states that have released solicitations related to FirstNet. States including Maine, North Dakota, Nevada and Michigan released solicitations seeking consultants, while other states such as New Hampshire and Kentucky released solicitations regarding their broadband network.

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The state of Nevada released an RFP in December 2014 for a Public Safety Broadband Outreach and Program Specialist. The awarded vendor, LeGrande Technical and Social Services dba The Digital Decision, manages outreach and education efforts and provides project management support with issues involving FirstNet and the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP).

The state of Michigan awarded its Public Safety Broadband Consulting project to CTS Consolidated Telecom Services, LLC. The RFP was released in January 2015 for Michigan Public Safety Broadband (MiPSB) planning and FirstNet state consultation.

Most recently, the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) sponsored an invitation to qualify (ITQ) to indicate Iowa telecommunications agencies’ desire to be considered for participation by national respondents as well as listed and endorsed by the Iowa FirstNet Broadband Committee. The state of Illinois also released an RFI for Public Safety Wireless Broadband Data Services to identify and assess the basis for potential partnerships with regard to implementing Illinois’ portion of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (IL-PSBN).

Now that the much-anticipated RFP is on the streets, it will be interesting to see not only which vendors respond to the RFP, but what states will do regarding broadband planning. FirstNet anticipates making an award in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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