FirstNet releases RFI for nationwide public safety broadband network

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The First Responder Network Authority is a step closer to creating what it was tasked to do.

FirstNet issued a request for information Wednesday seeking input on establishing its nationwide interoperable public safety network.

The RFI wants proposals on how FirstNet would control its nationwide core network, how radio access networks in states that opt-in to FirstNet would be integrated into the system and how the network would manage devices, applications, maintenance and other deployable capabilities. The eventual contract winner will be responsible for maintaining the network beyond LTE, integrating it into 5G and 6G network standards.

FirstNet is also looking for information on how it could allow secondary use of excess network capacity under covered leasing agreements.

When in operation, FirstNet will be used by law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals and other public safety entities in urban, suburban, rural and wilderness service territories.

FirstNet was officially created in February 2012 under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. Run by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, FirstNet was allocated $7 billion by Congress for network construction, but many government and industry leaders expect the project to exceed its funding.

The full RFI is available on FBO.gov.

You can read more about how states are preparing to integrate FirstNet into their own networks on our sister site StateScoop.

 

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