Pennsylvania Releases RFP for Statewide Broadband Network
Thursday, July 13, 2017 | Comments

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania invited qualified entities to submit a proposal for the design, installation and operation of a statewide broadband wireless system to serve Pennsylvania public-safety entities. The request for proposals (RFP) intends to provide an alternative to the offer from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in the event the governor decides to opt out of the FirstNet offering.

If the governor does not opt out, a contract will not be issued as a result of the RFP. The commonwealth public-safety broadband network (CPSBN) shall be fully interoperable with the FirstNet national public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

No funds were appropriated by the Pennsylvania Legislature to enter into an agreement with a supplier of goods and services described in the RFP. The CPSBN will need to be financially self-sustaining for the anticipated lifespan of the network.

If the commonwealth moves forward with the project as a result of this RFP, the offeror will be required to develop a self-sustaining business model leveraging the licensed 20 megahertz of 700 MHz band 14 spectrum within Pennsylvania to build, deploy, operate and maintain the Pennsylvania portion of the NPSBN to serve public safety and may elect to monetize the excess capacity to provide commercial service to end users.

Responses are due Sept. 7. The full solicitation is here.

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