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September 27, 2016 | Comments
Ten states, a Virginia county and the District of Columbia submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) notice and request for comments regarding the State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Concerns about the timing, additional information from federal entities overseeing the process, grant evaluation, transparency and other issues were raised in the comments.

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August 26, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board approved a $6.585 billion fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget package in anticipation of a November contract award for a nationwide public-safety broadband network. Separately, the FCC released an order addressing FirstNet buildout requirements and requesting comment on procedures for opt-out states.

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July 22, 2016 | Comments
AT&T announced that it submitted a bid for the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) national public-safety broadband network during an earnings conference call on July 21. AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens confirmed the bid but did not offer any further details.

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June 14, 2016 | Comments
pdvWireless — led by former Nextel Chairman Morgan O’Brien — announced it assembled a consortium of companies with expertise in the critical areas needed to build and operate a public-safety broadband network and submitted a response to the FirstNet request for proposals (RFP) by the May 31 deadline.

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June 07, 2016 | Comments
Although the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) isn’t releasing the number or names of bidders, Rivada Mercury, a newly formed company, announced it submitted a bid to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network. Rivada Networks leads Rivada Mercury, which also includes Harris, a nationwide Long Term Evolution (LTE) carrier and several rural carriers. Rivada Mercury officials declined to name the nationwide carrier partner.

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June 03, 2016 | Comments
There are significant differences between the voice systems that are the current lifeline of the public-safety community and the coming First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) broadband system. FirstNet was originally designed for data and video, but has been expanded to include dial-up, push to talk and more. some believe voice over FirstNet or voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) will soon provide all of the same services currently available over LMR systems. Is this a realistic expectation? My response is a solid “no” and here is why.

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May 17, 2016 | Comments
When first conceived, the nationwide broadband public-safety network was supposed to be a high-speed data network, but during the past four years, the purpose has evolved to include mission-critical voice. The industry needs to return FirstNet to the concept of a data-only network and focus on getting that part right.

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