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Contested FBI wi-fi contract goes to AT&T
After a yr of back-and-forth protests, on Dec. eight AT&T introduced the FBI had awarded it a $92 million contract for cellular companies on its FirstNet first responders’ wi-fi communications community.
The FBI’s mobility companies contract with AT&T’s FirstNet covers the company’s day-to-day emergency operations, mentioned AT&T in a Dec. eight assertion and consists of “FirstNet Prepared” gadgets reminiscent of smartphones, air playing cards, and modems. It additionally expands on the company’s present use of FirstNet by the General Companies Administration’s IT Schedule 70 a number of award schedule contract, an organization spokesman instructed FCW.
The brand new contract, mentioned the corporate, marks “the biggest dedication to FirstNet by a regulation enforcement or public security company.” A number of different Division of Justice businesses have been utilizing FirstNet beneath different contracts, together with the Antitrust Division and Administration Divisions; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Govt Workplace of U.S. Attorneys; the U.S. Marshals Service; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in accordance with AT&T. These businesses can broaden their utilization by the brand new contract, mentioned the corporate.
The DOJ signed a $1 billion contract with AT&T beneath the GSA’s $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Options next-generation telecommunications contract in July 2019. That contract included DOJ businesses’ use of FirstNet, however did not cowl the FBI.
The most recent FBI award did not come simply. AT&T’s FirstNet and Verizon have been rivals for years within the public security and emergency responder wi-fi communications market. The FBI contract’s path displays that rivalry.
The Authorities Accountability Workplace denied Verizon‘s last protest in November after testing AT&T’s community pace claims and checking its pricing.
AT&T and Verizon started battling over the FBI contract in 2019, when an preliminary Blanket Buy Settlement by the GSA’s Schedule 70 was awarded to Verizon. The BPA, with a possible $300 million ceiling, supported 70,000 strains, and included handsets, air playing cards, and modems, in accordance with GAO’s Nov. three protest resolution.
AT&T had protested the preliminary Verizon award. The FBI pulled the award again and reevaluated the contract. One other spherical of protests adopted, with the company reawarding the contract to AT&T this previous July. Verizon instantly protested the award on pricing and efficiency points, which led to the Nov. three GAO denial.
Mark Rockwell is a senior employees author at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Division of Homeland Safety and the Division of Power.
Earlier than becoming a member of FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Authorities Safety Information, the place he lined all facets of homeland safety from IT to detection canines and border safety. During the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has lined an more and more big range of high-tech points for publications like Communications Week, Web Week, Fiber Optics Information, tele.com journal and Wi-fi Week.
Rockwell obtained a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work overlaying telecommunications points, and is a graduate of James Madison College.
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