T Mobile Loses GAO Appeal

T-Mobile couldn’t meet public safety requirement

By ATFN Staff

On April 8, 2020 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that T-Mobile could not meet the public safety requirements that were established in a Request for Qualification (RFQ) that was issued by Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency which is an independent Federal entity. This RFQ for cellular services had as a requirement “enhanced priority-type features” which the agency identified as “AT&T FirstNet or equal”. T-Mobile challenged that the RFQ failed to “clearly identify the salient characteristic for the brand name item (FirstNet) and that requirements for a private network with priority and pre-emptive capabilities are unduly restrictive”.

The GAO concluded that the agency has shown that the restrictive specifications are reasonably necessary to meet its legitimate need and they denied the protest in a letter issue in early April. In the report T-Mobile admits, “FirstNet has the capability to perform vital prioritization and pre-emption services to ensure that first responders have network access when those networks might otherwise be overloaded and inaccessible”. FirstNet Built with AT&T was awarded the contract and according to the GAO report one other vendor submitted a proposal and was not selected.

For more information on the report … https://www.gao.gov/assets/710/706311.pdf

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1 Comment on "T Mobile Loses GAO Appeal"

  1. Frank Staples | May 5, 2020 at 8:46 pm | Reply

    I can’t get rid of AT+T and FirstNet quickly enough. They charge me a late fee every month on both accounts and excuse it by saying that if I signed up for paperless that it wouldn’t happen. Because the paper bills go out about a week or so after the wireless bills go out. I also got the “buy one, get one” and sent a check to pay them off and they credit the amount to the phone bill. I can’t access my account on line and they can’t get me into my account. I absolutely hated the service that Verizon gave me but I’m going back to them asap. Presuming, of course, that I can ever get AT+T to credit my phone payment. And let me tell you what happened a few days ago. I called them at six something and was put on hold…for TWO HOURS we alternated between a live person and recordings and then sometime after EIGHT P.M. a recording told me that the office was closed for the night and I should call back the next day. And then we wonder why people go all ape crap and shoot up places like this!!! I cussed for a solid half hour and haven’t called them back yet!

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