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Wisconsin may become the sixth state in the country to opt out of the FirstNet national public-safety broadband network, as it plans to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a statewide radio access network. Governor Scott Walker would still have to decide to opt out of FirstNet. Wisconsin will release the RFP Friday, May 19, and bids will be due on July 9. According to the article: “Under the law that created FirstNet, each governor will receive a state plan from FirstNet that details how the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) would be deployed within the state or territory. Upon receiving the final state plan—something that is expected to happen in the fall—the governor will have 90 days to decide whether to accept the FirstNet state plan or purse the “opt-out” alternative.”

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