Statement of FirstNet General Manager Bill D’Agostino On Planned RFIs
Washington, DC — The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) plans to issue multiple requests for information (RFIs) within the next few weeks. The RFIs will request detailed information regarding potential deployment options for two crucial portions of the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network: the radio access network (RAN) and core network. The RFIs will be posted on www.fedbizopps.gov.
“The upcoming RFIs are an important step in the FirstNet information gathering process, which will enable us to continue toward our mission of delivering a nationwide network dedicated to public safety,” said Bill D’Agostino, FirstNet General Manager. “I encourage all those interested in responding to be creative and detailed in their comments. As I have said in the past, 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.”
All RFI responses, as well as information provided by stakeholders participating in the FirstNet ongoing series of regional workshops and the results of state consultations planned this fall, will be used to inform the development of FirstNet’s nationwide deployment plan. This plan, in turn, will be presented to the states for their review and decisions.