North Carolina Releases RFP for Statewide Public-Safety Broadband Network
Friday, August 11, 2017 | Comments

The state of North Carolina released a request for proposals (RFP) for the design, installation and operation of a statewide broadband wireless system to serve North Carolina public-safety entities. The RFP is intended to provide an alternative to the offer from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

“To determine whether to opt in or opt out, the state of North Carolina is requesting proposals for the work performed as described in FirstNet’s initial RFP,” the RFP said. The North Carolina Public Safety Broadband Network (NCPSBN) shall be fully interoperable now and in the future with the FirstNet nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

The NCPSBN must be financially self-sustaining for the anticipated lifespan of the network, the RFP said. The vendor will be required to develop a self-sustaining business model leveraging the licensed 20 megahertz of band 14 spectrum within North Carolina to build, deploy, operate and maintain the NCPSBN to serve public safety and may elect to monetize the excess capacity to provide commercial service to end users. The state reserves the right to cancel the RFP at any time.

The RFP was released Aug. 9, and offers are due Aug. 31. A contract award would be made Oct. 15 after evaluation in September, the RFP said.

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