WASHINGTON — First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) General Manager Bill D’Agostino announced today that FirstNet has posted its answers to questions received from potential respondents to 10 Requests for Information (RFIs) issued on July 10. The RFIs seek information regarding deployment options for two key portions of the nationwide, broadband public safety network: the radio access network (RAN) and core network.
The detailed answers to more than 100 questions received from equipment manufacturers, service providers, trade associations, local governments, distributors and other stakeholders were posted August 10 in xlxs format on the www.fedbizopps.gov  website at https://www.fbo.gov/utils/view?id=b754c82d6b3af26df8bf80e52630ae66 .
The answers are divided into sections. A general information section provides details regarding acceptable formats, page limits and other physical characteristics for RFI responses. Additional sections are divided by topic: Partnering and RAN, Deployables, Microwave, Antenna, RAN, Satellite, Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Network Services, Data Center, Transmission and Network Monitoring Center-Operations Monitoring Center (NMC-OMC).
RFI responses are due Aug. 30, 2013, and no extensions will be granted.
FirstNet will provide emergency responders with the first high-speed, nationwide network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet is designed to improve communication among local, state, regional, tribal and national emergency services personnel. The broadband data network will help save lives and protect the health and safety of all Americans. It will be built using LTE, the most advanced wireless technology available today. FirstNet fulfills a fundamental need of the public safety community for a single, mission-critical communications system enabling force multiplier effectiveness. Overseen by representatives of public safety, government and the wireless industry, FirstNet is an independent entity within the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (www.firstnet.gov ).