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Blog // Connect Iowa

FirstNet Issues RFP for Nationwide LTE Network for Public Safety

By Amanda Murphy

On January 13, FirstNet released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for a nationwide public safety broadband network. 

In a press release issued by FirstNet, Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth says, "We  have developed this RFP  in an open  forum to  create  a ‘first of its kind’ public-private partnership for the network.  As we move into the next phase of the process, we  look forward to receiving  competitive offerings  to deliver the best possible network for public safety."

The RFP seeks a comprehensive LTE network to cover 56 states and territories and to provide national interoperability with quality and reliability. The network will offer priority use for public safety and national and local features. RCR Wireless News lists additional highlights from the RFP in this January 13 blog post.

Connect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Statewide Interoperability Communications System Board (ISICSB), had delivered FirstNet presentations to representatives of all 99 Iowa counties and hosted workshops in the 6 regions throughout Iowa. During these workshops, a chair and vice-chair were elected to the Regional Interoperability Committee (RIC) to work with the ISICSB.

About FirstNet: The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the 9/11 Commission to recommend a dedicated public safety communications network. This network would be interoperable and nationwide to resolve the communication issues emergency responders face when tragedy strikes. The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, an organization created in 2012 as part of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation, is overseeing the building of the network.

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