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Sue Swenson: FirstNet RFP Could Come Later This Year

Sue Swenson
Sue Swenson

Sue Swenson, chairwoman of the First Responder Network Authority board, has said a final solicitation for the nationwide FirstNet emergency response service could be ready in the latter part of 2015, Urgent Communications reported Wednesday.

“We are on track to issue that final request for proposal, and we are on track with all of the milestones we communicated over a year ago,” she told members of the Senate Commerce Committee during a hearing Wednesday.

Donny Jackson reports Swenson added the FirstNet board expects the public safety broadband system to be fully operational by 2022.

During the hearing, she also noted about uncertainty as to how much revenue FirstNet would make through an excess spectrum lease, but she said the board aims to address the issue during the RFP process, according to the report.

Congress earmarked approximately $7 billion to fund the implementation of a national emergency responder network, Jackson writes.

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