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FirstNet promises to answer 670 questions on draft documents by July 1

If you haven't seen anyone from a certain First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) team in a while, there's probably a good reason. They've been busy answering hundreds of questions about its Special Notice and draft request for proposals (RFP) documents.

Lawmakers cite rural, budget concerns in FirstNet House subcommittee hearing

Step by step, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is putting its troubled past behind and getting its footing as it seeks to fulfill its mandate to build and operate the first nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN).

Pilot project in central Minnesota strives to set model for FirstNet

One of the big concerns about the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is not only how a nationwide broadband network for public safety will be created but how it will be sustained with funding. A group in central Minnesota hopes to show that cooperation between the private and public sectors can work to support public safety.

Wireless carriers may hesitate to partner with FirstNet, analysts say

Despite public-safety officials' praise of commercial wireless options as potential partners for FirstNet, the country's first nationwide broadband first-responder network, analysts believe wireless network providers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint may be hesitant to take on the responsibility.

FirstNet's making progress with draft RFP, but road is fraught with potholes

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released its report on the First Responder Network Authority, finding, among other things, that while the organization has made progress, it still needs to complete a risk assessment, develop standards of conduct and come up with an evaluation plan for early builder projects.

FirstNet sets 'Industry Day,' starts taking one-on-one meetings with vendors

The First Responder Network Authority made a couple of significant moves of late, setting May 14 as an "Industry Day" for interested parties to convene and beginning the process of accepting requests for one-on-one meetings with vendors starting May 15.

Regional carriers urge FirstNet to 'maximize interoperability'

The Competitive Carriers Association wants the First Responder Network Authority to adopt technical requirements for the National Public Safety Broadband Network that maximize interoperability of the network.

FirstNet board OKs draft RFP, setting comment period in motion

Let the games begin--the games being the comment period on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) draft Request for Proposal documents.

Analysts: Verizon's prospects for winning FirstNet project increasing

In a report reviewing American Tower's prospects for improving its tower business, analysts at Macquarie Research say they are increasingly of the view that Verizon could win the FirstNet public-safety-network project.

UPDATED: NTIA suspends funds for Los Angeles' public-safety LTE network

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said it has halted payments for Los Angeles' LTE network for public-safety workers after regulators there voted to halt the construction of the network.