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December 05, 2016 | Comments
While there was optimism that the approaching announcement of a national partner by FirstNet would turn the national public-safety broadband network into a reality, Rivada Mercury's pre-award protest of the request for proposals (RFP) and a changing presidential administration promise more uncertainty for public safety.

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December 02, 2016 | Comments
AT&T announced in a Securities and Exchange Comission (SEC) filing Dec. 2 that it was informed by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) that it is a bidder within the "competitive range" for a contract award under FirstNet's request for proposals (RFP). On Nov. 21, Rivada Mercury filed a pre-award protest of the FirstNet RFP, saying the Department of Interior (DOI) made an “unlawful decision to exclude Rivada Mercury’s proposal from the competitive range for the award.”

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November 22, 2016 | Comments
The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) invited industry to respond to a request for information (RFI) and suggest compelling business models and approaches to build, deploy and operate a state-deployed broadband statewide public-safety radio access network (RAN) within California as an alternative to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)-deployed RAN.

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November 01, 2016 | Comments
FirstNet announced last week it will not make its original Nov. 1 deadline for awarding its RFP, while a U.K. official said quality is more important than timing for the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN). With projects of this size and scope — and as the first in the world of their kind — it’s better to get them right than to meet unrealistic deadlines.

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October 27, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) said it will not award a partner for its request for proposals (RFP) acquisition process by Nov. 1.

“FirstNet will continue to execute the acquisition process outlined in the RFP beyond the Nov. 1 target date for the award,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth.

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September 27, 2016 | Comments
Ten states, a Virginia county and the District of Columbia submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) notice and request for comments regarding the State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Concerns about the timing, additional information from federal entities overseeing the process, grant evaluation, transparency and other issues were raised in the comments.

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August 26, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board approved a $6.585 billion fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget package in anticipation of a November contract award for a nationwide public-safety broadband network. Separately, the FCC released an order addressing FirstNet buildout requirements and requesting comment on procedures for opt-out states.

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July 22, 2016 | Comments
AT&T announced that it submitted a bid for the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) national public-safety broadband network during an earnings conference call on July 21. AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens confirmed the bid but did not offer any further details.

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June 14, 2016 | Comments
pdvWireless — led by former Nextel Chairman Morgan O’Brien — announced it assembled a consortium of companies with expertise in the critical areas needed to build and operate a public-safety broadband network and submitted a response to the FirstNet request for proposals (RFP) by the May 31 deadline.

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June 07, 2016 | Comments
Although the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) isn’t releasing the number or names of bidders, Rivada Mercury, a newly formed company, announced it submitted a bid to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. Rivada Networks leads Rivada Mercury, which also includes Harris, a nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) carrier and several rural carriers. Rivada Mercury officials declined to name the nationwide carrier partner.

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