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FirstNet Colorado will be at the 40th Anniversary of the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) 2017 held March 27-31.

posted Mar 26, 2017, 9:27 PM by Ed Mills - OIT   [ updated by Kimberleigh Coleman - OIT ]

FirstNet Colorado will be participating all week in sessions and panel discussions sharing our work and insights from the mile high state of Colorado as it relates to FirstNet. We will also be sharing our expertise in using technology as first responders on the front lines of public safety.

FirstNet Early Builders, Trials Use Cases and Deployable Networks

Monday, 03/27/2017: 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Room: S233

Session Number:  M111


Get an update on several case studies on early builder LTE deployments and trials, from cities, counties and states, for general interoperable communications to specific events and incidents.  Examine how various partners work together for both fixed and deployable networks, device management such as ruggedized handsets which allow for integrated push-to-talk, application management and situational awareness. Network testing and end user feedback will be shared along with lessons learned.

FirstNet Tech Panel: Apps - How Will Public Safety Leverage FirstNet?

Thursday, 03/30/2017: 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Room: S233

Session Number:  TH11


Although much of the focus today is on the funding and development of a national Public Safety Broadband network through FirstNet, the ultimate benefits of this will come from the high-speed applications that can be supported. Look at some of the existing applications and how they are being used, the various architectures they are built in and the potential benefits in information sharing, situational awareness and responder safety that can be realized.  

Don’t Be Labeled a Dinosaur: Navigate the Potentially Treacherous Transition from LMR to LTE

Thursday, 03/30/2017: 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Room: S225

Session Number:  TH36


Prepare yourself for coming changes because new technologies are coming whether you are ready or not.  In this session, create an objectives-based outline of your agencies’ need—do not just take an “LMR or bust” or “LTE or bust” approach. Discover how to explain the differences between LMR and LTE network to elected officials and government administrators, outline the need for investment to test both systems and for current staff to be trained on new technology.  Hear from industry experts on how to clearly outline the needs and metrics as well as the implications across all aspects of a project. 


We hope to cross paths with you during the week. If you want to network, share or just meet face-to-face or follow us on Twitter (tag us at @FirstNetCO) and check us out at www.FirstNetColorado.org and on Facebook.We hope you have a great conference!  

Colorado Releases RFP for Alternative to FirstNet!

posted Mar 24, 2017, 11:19 AM by Kimberleigh Coleman - OIT   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 11:23 AM ]

Colorado Releases RFP for Alternative to FirstNet

[Denver] - On behalf of the FirstNet Colorado Governing Body (FNCGB), the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has released a request for proposal (RFP) concerning the development and implementation of a Colorado specific alternative Radio Access Network (RAN) within the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) or FirstNet. Initial responses to the RFP will be due May 8, 2017.  

The purpose of the RFP is to develop a state plan that is an alternative to the one that will eventually be provided by FirstNet. A side-by-side comparison of these plans will allow Colorado to choose the path that best suits its needs.

The RFP will be in two phases, with initial responses focusing on the qualifications of the offeror(s) and their approach to some of the key elements of the potential implementation. Offerors who are selected to move on to Phase II will be required to submit comprehensive solutions with all necessary technical, financial and deployment details. Additionally, the RFP is broken into two projects: one focused on the physical construction of the network and one focused on the monetization of network spectrum and assets and operations and maintenance of the network. Offerors may bid on either project separately or submit a comprehensive proposal for both. Colorado has provided significant supporting documentation to encourage robust responses which meet its needs.

In addition to the primary objective of developing a network to meet the public safety requirements outlined in the Spectrum Act, Colorado seeks solutions that could overlap with other statewide initiatives such as Intelligent Transportation (ITS) and transit, Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) and a variety of its rural broadband initiatives.

“We want real creativity and innovation from potential bidders,” says Brian Shepherd, the State Point of Contact (SPOC) for Colorado. “Colorado’s RFP approach is unique and we are excited for many segments of industry to review and thoughtfully consider responding. We believe the full benefit of this network lies not only in providing a solution for first responders, but in enabling a comprehensive statewide critical communications infrastructure that can support multiple services.”  

The RFP documents can be found on the state procurement website, https://codpa-vss.hostams.com/webapp/PRDVSS1X1/AltSelfService. Select the “Public Access” button on the left and search keyword “FirstNet” or use the RFP # 2017000243.

Emerging Technologies and the First Responder

posted Jan 31, 2017, 1:51 PM by Ed Mills - OIT   [ updated Jan 31, 2017, 2:19 PM ]

Most first responders today understand that emerging technologies have potential to transform public safety communications through access to a dedicated broadband network. As the Manager of Outreach & Education in the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology, I am part of the Colorado team working on the first of its kind National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). In my free time I am a first responder with Evergreen Fire Rescue as an emergency medical responder, firefighter and Public Information Officer (PIO). I remember one instance like so many other when I came home from work, prepared dinner, and as I was taking that first bite, a call came in that a biker had gone down in Elk Meadow and was severely injured. Leaving my dinner behind I responded to the call. This scenario has played out numerous times throughout the country; a first responder receiving a call that someone is injured, lost or in distress and responding without asking questions. These calls come at all times of the day and night. Responders of all disciplines never really know what they will encounter, understanding that each scene has its own unique nuances.

Authors Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen (The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations Businesses, and Our Lives) write about the current state of information technology, “Never before in history have so many people, from so many places, had so much power at their fingertips. And while this is hardly the first technology revolution in our history, it is the first that will make it possible for almost everybody to own, develop and disseminate real-time content….”[1] To help first responder teams across Colorado and the nation, the NPSBN is a national effort to build a dedicated broadband network for use daily as well as during all types of incidents; it will provide responders access to devices and applications to “adapt” their response in the face of this new data revolution. For the first time in history, responders will have access to a secure network supporting advance smart device technologies to respond with greater proficiency, accuracy and efficiency. In the coming months I will introduce you to these emerging technologies and how they are poised to transform the way responders communicate day-to-day as well as during incidents.

1 Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives (New York: Vintage Books, 2014), page 4.

FREE Public Safety Broadband Training

posted Nov 29, 2016, 3:02 PM by Kimberleigh Coleman - OIT   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 9:53 AM ]

We are pleased to announce the launch of the FirstNet Colorado on-line training course titled "Introduction to Public Safety Broadband and FirstNet." The FREE course was developed in order to provide agencies and public safety practitioners an easy and quick way to learn about FirstNet and the public safety broadband network (PSBN). The self-paced course is available on demand through CO.TRAIN and can be taken for .5 CEU (course #1067564) or as a non-credit offering (course #1067566). The course purpose and learning objectives include: 
  • Create awareness among those who will benefit from the PSBN and FirstNet, including their role in Colorado's implementation
  • Identify the need for and explain the benefits of the PSBN
  • Understand the potential applications and devices available on the PSBN
  • Understand the role of FirstNet and their mission as defined by the enabling legislation
  • Discuss the funding model of the PSBN

FirstNet Regional Outreach Meeting in Grand Junction on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016!

posted Oct 11, 2016, 9:04 AM by Kimberleigh Coleman - OIT   [ updated Nov 8, 2016, 9:21 AM ]

The FirstNet Colorado team and FirstNet invite you to a regional leadership outreach event on Wednesday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Junction Fire Department, 625 Ute Ave, Grand Junction in the Large Training Room.  The purpose of the meeting is for regional public safety agency leadership and other interested stakeholders to learn more about the FirstNet initiative including:
  • State Plans
  • Implementation Schedules
  • Actions Required for Agency Enrollment with FirstNet
  • State Adoption of FirstNet Plans for Build-out of Radio Access Network (RAN)
  • State approach to planning for state plan and alternative plan review
FirstNet participants will include Tracey Murdock, the FirstNet Region 8 Lead.

Download the presentations here.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can participate via the web or a conference bridge: 
To join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/3833148433 
To join by telephone:  +1 646 568 7788 or +1 415 762 9988 Meeting ID: 383 314 8433

FirstNet Environmental Meeting on Tues 9/20/16 in Lakewood, CO

posted Sep 13, 2016, 9:22 AM by Kimberleigh Coleman - OIT   [ updated Oct 11, 2016, 10:14 AM by Tina Wollam - OIT ]

The FirstNet Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) meeting occurred on Tuesday, 9/20/16, at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel.  The purpose of the PEIS is "to analyze potential impacts of the deployment and operation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) on the natural and human environment", in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). View the material from this event in the links below.  

LTE Integration of P25 ISSI for Colorado

posted Jul 18, 2016, 11:59 AM by Kimberleigh Coleman - OIT   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 12:00 PM ]

We are pleased to share a white paper for public safety consideration entitled "LTE Integration of P25 ISSI for Colorado."  The purpose of the document is for Colorado stakeholders to understand how a future LTE network may integrate with the APCO Project 25 (P25) Inter RF Subystem Interface (ISSI) capable Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks that exist or are planned in the state.  Read the paper here!


posted Apr 29, 2016, 1:32 PM by Ed Mills - OIT


Experience The Potential of LTE for Public Safety

DENVER, Colo - The Governor’s Office of Information Technology and the FirstNet Colorado team are hosting a one-day event  to demonstrate the latest in public safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. The event for public safety professionals will include the opportunity to use devices, accessories and access applications that simulate the communications and coordination that occur during a real-life emergency response with a focus on how public safety will use a dedicated broadband network built on LTE technology. This cutting edge technology has the potential to shape the way public safety responds to, coordinates, investigates and recovers from incidents ultimately transforming agency response and keeping our communities safer.   

When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Adams County Government Center, 4430 South Adams County Parkway, Brighton, CO 80601

Who: Public safety and government professionals and LTE business partners

About FirstNet Colorado

FirstNet Colorado (FNC) is leading the state’s efforts to plan, develop and support deployment of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) in partnership with the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet).

FirstNet is the first Public Safety Broadband Network that will provide emergency responders with a nationwide, high-speed data and cellular voice network dedicated to public safety using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.

FirstNet will be a force multiplier, dramatically increasing effectiveness and  collaboration to help emergency responders save more lives, solve more crimes and keep our communities safer.

About the Governor’s Office of Information Technology

The Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) is responsible for the operation and delivery of information and communications technology services and innovation across all Executive Branch agencies in the State of Colorado. OIT’s charge is to provide world-class IT services to Colorado’s Executive Branch agencies and to promote Colorado as the ideal location for IT companies and technology based workers.

Media Contact:

Tauna Lockhart, Chief Communications Officer & PIO

303.764.7731 (work)

720.933.9193 (cell)


Event Contact:

Ed Mills, FirstNet Colorado Education & Outreach Manager

303.764.6887 (work)

720.737.1079 (cell)


For more information visit www.FirstNet.gov, www.FirstNetColorado.org or contact FirstNetColorado@state.co.us.

RFI for Alternative RAN Planning Published

posted Mar 18, 2016, 8:43 AM by Kimberleigh Coleman - OIT   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 3:03 PM ]

The Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) published a Request for Information (RFI) about alternative radio access network (RAN) business models for Colorado's portion of the nationwide public safety broadband network (NPSBN) which would connect back to FirstNet.  As part of our ongoing effort to understand the best long-term solution for Colorado's first responders, we invited industry and other private partners to suggest various approaches for the deployment, operation and sustainment of a public safety broadband RAN within Colorado.

The RFI response period has ended, and we are pleased to share we received a number of responses.  The FNC Team will be synthesizing that information, and sharing it soon with Colorado stakeholders.

What's New? You Are Invited to XPSLTE 2016

posted Mar 7, 2016, 11:36 AM by Ed Mills - OIT   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 10:14 AM ]

Experience Public Safety Long Term Evolution - XPSLTE 2016


Come spend the day with the FirstNet Colorado team and other public safety professionals to experience public safety Long Term Evolution - or LTE technology. During this one day educational event, participants will have the opportunity to see demonstrations and experience specific technologies on a dedicated public safety wireless broadband network.

We will explore two common incidents that law enforcement (LE), fire emergency medical services (EMS) and other public safety entities encounter in their work: an injury motor vehicle collision (MVC), and a planned event where responders will work in concert to keep the public safe and handle incidents during the event. You will see how public safety devices, applications (e.g., Push-To-Talk [PTT] and situational awareness) and other technologies continue to shape the way public safety teams respond to, coordinate, investigate, and recover from incidents. Participants will gain a greater appreciation of how LTE technology could transform agency response and help keep communities safer 

Planned Incidents
  • EMS, fire and LE response to a motor vehicle collision (MVC)
  • Planned Event: EMS, fire, LE, Department of Transportation (DOT)
This event is sponsored by the State of Colorado - Governor's Office of Information Technology using funds under award 08-10-S13008 from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).

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