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Court agrees, awarding FirstNet contract to Rivada was just too ‘risky’

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According to documents released by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, FirstNet’s Source Selection Authority (SSA) said one of the reasons that Rivada Mercury did not make the competitive range for bidding for the nationwide public safety network that was awarded to AT&T on Thursday was because “Rivada’s proposed strategy was risky because it utilized aggressive business assumptions.” The SSA …

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Sorley to lead FirstNet’s Public Safety Advisory Committee

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FirstNet said it was pleased to announce, after a thorough search by its Board Chair Sue Swenson, and Board Vice Chair Jeff Johnson,  that Tom Sorley has been selected to serve as the new Chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). “We extend heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to Tom for serving FirstNet and the PSAC, and are excited about the …

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FirstNet and AT&T contract is inked creating 10,000 new jobs, $40 billion in spending by the carrier

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At an award and signing ceremony this morning at the Department of Commerce, AT&T, although unofficially acknowledged as the winning FirstNet bidder, was officially announced as the winner of the private/public safety network contract by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “Today is a landmark day for public safety across the Nation and shows the incredible progress we can make …

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American Tower’s $100 million amendment is most likely from Verizon

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UPDATE: March 29, 2017 – According to two knowledgeable industry insiders, American Tower Corporation’s (ATC) filing on March 21 stating that it had amended a master lease agreement with one of its tenants that will provide the company with an additional $100 million in revenue for the year,  was an agreement with Verizon, not AT&T as had been widely speculated.  However, they …

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Expect a quick AT&T award of FirstNet after court rules against Rivada Mercury

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The U.S. Court of Appeals of Federal Claims on Friday ruled against Rivada Mercury in the lawsuit they filed in November alleging that they were unfairly excluded by FirstNet from being in the competitive range for the nationwide broadband network for public safety contract Knowledgeable industry observers have said that if Rivada’s lawsuit was denied, the FirstNet board will most …

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AT&T’s FirstNet award in the bag rumors ignore court’s near-term expected ruling

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Rumors at last week’s Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona that FirstNet was set to award America’s first nationwide network for first responders to AT&T would require judicial clairvoyance to be accurate since the award is in an ongoing procurement process that will be decided by U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Elaine Kaplan. Oral arguments in Rivada Mercury’s lawsuit …

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AT&T: Viva Mexico, President Trump, and FirstNet selecting them

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Although the almost daily political question in America is Who will pay for the Mexican border wall?, AT&T knows who is paying to assist with its bottom line, Mexico. And it has been a “remarkable success story,” according to AT&T CFO John Stephens. In its quarterly conference call last week, Stephens accented the company’s strong growth in Mexico, stating, “In …

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Rivada’s 4G bid rigging allegations overflow with plots expected in a Grisham novel

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In November, Rivada Mercury, a consortium led by Rivada Networks, which includes Harris, Fujitsu, Black & Veatch, Nokia, Intel and Ericsson, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over what it says is the illegal and “wrongful exclusion” of the consortium from the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) procurement process. Rivada’s latest lawsuit involves a $7 billion contract to operate …

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AT&T believes it’s a shoo-in for the multi-billion dollar FirstNet award

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AT&T stretched the use of an 8K Securities and Exchange Commission filing as they shook their hips in the FirstNet win zone Friday, stating that it appears that they were the only compliant bidder – to their knowledge. According to AT&T, bidders pdvWireless Inc. and Rivada Mercury, LLC have both been eliminated from the RFP review. AT&T said that it …

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Contract award delayed as FirstNet ‘gets this right’

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FirstNet’s expected announcement today of who was selected to build out the nationwide first responder communications network has been put on hold, according to a recent blog post by FirstNetCEO Mike Poth who said the selection process was taking longer than expected and would extend beyond a Nov. 1 2016 target date. “From the outset, FirstNet set an aggressive schedule for …

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FirstNet awards eight grants for public safety agencies relocating from Band 14 spectrum

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the funding of eight awards for its Band 14 Incumbent Spectrum Relocation Grant Program (Band 14 Program).  This program provides financial assistance to eligible public safety entities for relocating their existing radios and systems from Band 14 in advance of the deployment and operation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).  It …

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A bright future predicted for wireless work by leading industry experts at NATE UNITE 2016

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As three leading industry experts gazed into their crystal balls Tuesday during their NATE UNITE 2016 presentation, “The Future of the Wireless Industry,” their consensus indicated a robust build program that could last for more than a decade. However, Clayton Funk of Media Venture Partners, Christopher Fisher, Cuddy & Feder LLP; and Robert Paige, Vertical Bridge, cautioned National Association of …

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Sources: Five say no to FirstNet, but more than two bidders are expected

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By Andrew Seybold Since last week’s commentary I have received verification that five other potential FirstNet RFP bidders have decided not to pursue this opportunity. Yet I have also heard from a reliable source that we can expect to see more than two bidders submitting proposals. I hope my source is correct since Public Safety deserves many bids on the …

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The FirstNet Request for Proposal: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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By Andrew Seybold The FirstNet network is needed by Public Safety, of that there is no doubt. The idea of a public/private partnership to build, manage, and operate this network makes sense and I have been very supportive of this concept since the beginning. However, over the past few weeks I have developed some serious reservations regarding the FirstNet RFP …

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Lawmakers’ FirstNet probe could unveil little more than the RFP’s deadlines

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Lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on Feb. 2, 2016 that is expected to shed a little more light on FirstNet’s progress following the issuance on Jan. 14, 2016 of a request for proposal (RFP) for the public safety broadband network for first responders. However, some industry observers believe that little will be gleaned since the presentations will be well-scripted and …

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FirstNet RFP hits the streets with a low end $6.75 billion price tag

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Yesterday’s long-awaited request for proposal (RFP) for the US First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) public safety network will provide the government’s selected carrier or contractor with $6.5 billion to support the project buildout, in addition to access to 20 MHz of spectrum, but the winning bidder will be required to pay FirstNet a minimum of $6.75 billion over the life …

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AT&T will be throwing its hat in the ring for a FirstNet build-out

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AT&T says that it’s attracted to bidding for the FirstNet contract — the federal government’s plan for a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. Verizon has been widely considered a solid front-runner in the project. The request for proposals is expected this month on a project that could cost $20-$30 billion. At that time it will become known whether …

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Two dynamic CEOs continue with multiple leadership roles within the wireless industry

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Many company CEOs take on leadership roles with other organizations, but few have the drive and talent of SouthernLINC Wireless CEO Tami Barron and Novatel Wireless CEO Sue Swenson. Barron was re-elected to serve on the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) board of directors at their annual meeting held earlier this month in Ft. Lauderdale, and had been re-elected to serve …

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FirstNet may be setting itself up for failure with December’s proposal request

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Andrew Seybold, recognized worldwide for his keen perspective and track record for accurately predicting mobile technology trends, said he’s overly concerned that bidders may not partner with FirstNet, the independent nationwide public safety broadband network funded by Congress. Seybold said that if FirstNet releases a request for proposal in December that follows their current template, “it is running a high …