May 3, 2017–Wisconsin is the latest state that plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for an alternative plan to having AT&T, Inc., the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) network partner, build a radio access network (RAN) in its state. The state is seeking input by May 11 on the draft of its RFP. It plans to issue the final RFP on May 19 and wants responses by July 6.
“The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to identify the best path forward to a public safety wireless broadband network using the results of this RFP as a means of evaluating options between the FirstNet state plan for Wisconsin and the proposed solutions in response to this RFP,” according to the draft document. “The State anticipates that proposed solutions will at minimum meet FirstNet offerings and exceed them where possible and be provided at no cost to the State.”