States of Washington, Oregon announce plans to issue joint RFP to explore FirstNet alternative

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Governors for the states of Washington and Oregon have announced that they will issue a joint request for proposals (RFP) asking bidders to submit proposals to build and maintain an alternative radio access network (RAN) forFirstNet under a potential “opt-out” scenario.

Jointly announced on Sept. 27, the Washington-Oregon RFP is scheduled to be released on the procurement websites of both states next Friday, Oct. 13, with bids due on Nov. 13, according to Tara Lee, a spokesperson for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Based on current information, Washington and Oregon would be the 14thand 15th states to have an active procurement for an alternative-RAN vendor when the joint RFP is released next week.

 

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