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RESTON, VA —The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today held its first “Industry Day” with interested parties on the Special Notice and draft Request for Proposals (RFP) documents. More than 425 representatives from federal, state, local jurisdictions, associations, and the vendor community participated in person or via webcast.
Held at FirstNet's headquarters, today’s Industry Day was a key next step in FirstNet’s ongoing efforts to consult with interested parties on acquisition matters regarding the development of a nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN). The event was an interactive conversation that included an overview of the Special Notice and draft RFP documents by FirstNet officials, as well as questions and feedback from participants.
“We are pleased with the attendance – both in-person and on the webcast – and the quality of our discussions,” said FirstNet Acting Director TJ Kennedy. “It shows there is a great deal of interest from market participants and the public safety community in establishing the best possible network for public safety.” Kennedy was joined by officials from FirstNet’s acquisition, finance, technical, and state plans teams in delivering presentations and addressing participants’ questions.
FirstNet will begin accepting requests for one-on-one meetings with vendors on May 15. Instructions on how to make requests for one-on-one meetings will be available on the Doing Business with FirstNet webpage and on the FBO site.
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.