The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has announced that it extended the deadline for proposals for the deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) by two and a half weeks, from May 13 to May 31, 2016.
The extension follows FirstNet’s review of multiple capability statements submitted by potential offerors. FirstNet issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the network on January 13, 2016, which marked a major step forward in FirstNet’s efforts to modernize communications for first responders.
The release of the RFP followed more than a year of dialogue between FirstNet and the public safety industry on the objectives and scope of the RFP.
“Our decision to extend the deadline for final proposals was driven by both the volume and nature of the capability statements as well as requests for extensions we’ve received from interested parties,” said FirstNet Chief Executive Officer Mike Poth. “We believe this date affords prospective offerors the opportunity to fine tune their proposals and finalize any teaming arrangements and/or subcontractors, and we remain on track to award by November 1.”