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“We are pleased with the court’s decision,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “This is a positive development for FirstNet and the public-safety community. FirstNet intends to move expeditiously to finalize the contract for the nationwide public-safety broadband network.”
In November, Rivada Mercury filed a lawsuit, alleging that the Department of Interior (DOI), which issued the request for proposals (RFP) on behalf of FirstNet, had unlawfully excluded it from the competitive range for the contract.
Details of the hearing are not available because the case is sealed under a protection order intended to protect proprietary and other sensitive information in the case. U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Elaine D. Kaplan heard oral arguments in the case March 3.
In a tweet, Rivada Networks CEO Declan Ganley said: “Rivada U.S. Court of Fed Claims motion denied. Considering appeal & are ramping up with States that want option to exercise opt-out right.”