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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet Releases Answers to 402 RFP Questions, Hosts Pre-Proposal Conference March 10

By Amanda Murphy

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently released a list of answers to questions received regarding its recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for a comprehensive nationwide LTE broadband network. FirstNet has answered a total of 402 questions on a wide range of topics – all related to the RFP. “We are pleased with the interest and questions we received from industry, states, and public safety regarding the FirstNet RFP,” said FirstNet Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth in a news release. “This is a vital next step in the iterative process as potential offerors work to craft their proposed solutions to deploy...

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Reading Room Offers Public Access to All Things FirstNet

By Amanda Murphy

In January, FirstNet released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for a comprehensive LTE broadband network. The network will cover 56 states and territories and provide quality, reliable interoperability for national public safety measures. RFP candidates, state and local organizations, communities, and citizens interested in knowing more about FirstNet—its history, mission, details on the national public safety network RFP—may want to review the FirstNet Reading Room. The Reading Room is available online at firstnet.gov and contains documents and files about the organization and its objectives. The files are publicly available to anyone...

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Public Safety Network Tested During Super Bowl 50

By Amanda Murphy

During Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 event, Parallel Wireless and its partners, along with a Special Temporary Authorization (STA) from the FCC and support from FirstNet, set up an LTE public safety network. Parallel Wireless mounted radios on the north and south scoreboards in Levi’s Stadium to provide law enforcement their own frequencies for wireless communication. Steve Kropper, Vice President of Parallel Wireless, shared this statement: "This is exactly why we do these exercises since the NFL and many others are not aware that FirstNet has been allocated 20 MHz of dedicated spectrum in the 700 MHz band.” Parallel Wireless worked with the FBI...

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House Holds Hearing for FirstNet Updates

By Amanda Murphy

The U.S. House of Representatives Communications and Technology Subcommittee held a hearing on February 2 to discuss the progress of FirstNet. The hearing was an opportunity to review and better understand the recent release of FirstNet’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for the nation’s first public safety broadband network. The hearing was also an opportunity to discuss concerns expressed by RFP candidate organizations as well as information from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to assist in clarifying the state “opt out” provision to allow states to make an informed decision on accepting FirstNet’s plan. In the hearing’s opening...

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