NENA Releases RFI on NG 9-1-1, Public-Safety Broadband Contract Language
Friday, December 17, 2021 | Comments

NENA, in support of the National 911 Program, issued a request for information for next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1)/public-safety broadband network (PSBN) contract language.

Interconnection between public-safety broadband networks (PSBN) and next generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) must exist to enable 9-1-1 public-safety answering points (PSAPs)/emergency communication centers (ECCs) to share data/information with emergency responders and vice versa.

No contract language currently exists for entities to include in a procurement to communicate specific interconnection requirements between PSBNs and NG 9-1-1 to broadband network providers. The National 911 Program has assembled a group of public and private sector 9-1-1 stakeholders, who have collaborated to facilitate progress toward integration of PSBN and NG 9-1-1. The goal of this working group is to develop specific requirements for request for proposals (RFPs)/contract language that measures/demonstrates interoperability functions and performance. This RFP/contract language will aid states and jurisdictions across the country in understanding and effectively communicating their needs to providers who are building emergency services IP networks (ESInets).

In order to meet this goal, the 911 Stakeholder Working Group has compiled an RFI to gather information from the 9-1-1 stakeholder community, related to any language that could or should be included in contracts between NG 9-1-1 agencies and PSBN providers.

Find the RFI here and supplemental information here. Responses are due by January 16.

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