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RESTON, VA – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced today it will hold a second Industry Day on Thursday, August 27, to address both recent developments and key next steps for its nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) acquisition. The Industry Day will take place at FirstNet’s headquarters in Reston, VA from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern Time and will be open to the public and broadcast via webcast.
“We are committed to sharing as much information as possible on our acquisition approach to ensure industry and public safety are prepared for the upcoming Request for Proposals later this year, and this Industry Day is another opportunity for us to do so,” said FirstNet Acting Executive Director TJ Kennedy. “As with the first Industry Day, we look forward to having local, state, tribal, and federal agencies, market participants, and the public participate in the event.”
At the Industry Day, FirstNet plans to provide an update on the responses to the Special Notice and draft RFP documents. Additionally, FirstNet will provide updates on the public notice process, review its analysis of the more than 660 questions received regarding the Special Notice and draft RFP documents, and provide opportunities for onsite and webinar participants to ask questions.
“We are pleased with the interest and feedback we have received regarding the Special Notice and draft RFP documents, and this Industry Day will further our engagement with the public safety and vendor communities on FirstNet’s efforts and progress,” Kennedy said.
The event will take place in the Dallas L. Peck Memorial Auditorium at the US Geological Survey building in Reston, VA, and will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required to attend the event in person, as space will be limited to 250 participants.
If you are planning to attend onsite, please register at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FirstNetIndustryDay. Each person planning to attend onsite must register separately. FirstNet requests that no more than three attendees per company or organization attend in person due to space limitations.
The Industry Day will also be webcast on FirstNet’s website (www.firstnet.gov). Pre-registration is not required for the webcast. Information on how to access the webcast will be posted on FirstNet’s website and the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website (www.fbo.gov) prior to the start of the Industry Day event. Any and all information pertaining to the NPSBN acquisition is posted via the FBO website. Therefore, please refer to the FBO site frequently for release of updates, events, and other information.
FirstNet has been authorized by Congress to take all actions necessary to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the NPSBN for local, state, regional, tribal, and federal public safety personnel. FirstNet is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. FirstNet is governed by a 15-member Board consisting of the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General of the United States, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and 12 members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce composed of representatives from public safety, government, and the wireless industry. FirstNet’s website is located at www.firstnet.gov.