In a big step toward the first ever nationwide Public Safety Broadband network (NPSBN), FirstNet will be issuing multiple requests for information (RFI) in the coming weeks, specifically regarding deployment options for the radio access network (RAN) and core network. These two components are critical for the NPSBN. General Manager Bill D'Agostino encourages all respondents to be creative and detailed in their submissions. In a statement he reiterated that "achieving our mission will require an unprecedented amount of public and private partnership, and these RFIs will help lay the foundation for that to happen."
The RFIs will be posted at www.fedbizopps.gov. They are expected to be released in August, and will be used to inform FirstNet's implementation plan for the NPSBN.
The FirstNet board of directors will be holding a special meeting today via teleconference to vote on approving the spectrum lease for the first BTOP recipient agency to resume their LTE project in Los Angeles. The BTOP negotiations have been extended twice, and only after spectrum leases are approved will the NTIA allow the "early deployers" to resume their LTE projects.