First responders in Colorado know the challenges of keeping growing communities safe in the urban, rural, and mountainous regions that make up the state. With FirstNet, public safety professionals in Colorado can access a secure, reliable connection – whether communicating across the borders of Colorado’s six neighboring states, conducting search and rescue missions for lost hikers or skiers, or managing large crowds during outdoor festivals.

The First Responder Network Authority team recognizes the unique communications challenges that Colorado first responders face. We have been working closely with Colorado public safety officials since 2014, capturing their feedback and translating it into the design of the FirstNet network. During the development of state deployment plans, our team worked hand-in-hand with Colorado leaders to ensure the plan was customized to address their needs.

Following this close collaboration, Colorado chose to adopt the plan and “opt in” to FirstNet. Today, we continue to meet regularly with state and local officials to discuss their public safety broadband needs. In 2019 alone, our team met with Colorado public safety officials more than 30 times. Our engagements in Colorado included the Colorado 911 Advisory Task Force Meeting, a broadband workshop with the Boulder Police Department, and meetings with the Colorado Public Safety Communications Sub-committee. Engagements like these are crucial to the ongoing success of the network and the advancement of public safety communications across the state and the nation.

Connect with our team of Public Safety Advisors to learn about FirstNet in your community.

We need to connect our first responders now. From rural to urban communities, public safety professionals throughout Colorado put their lives at risk every day responding to disasters and critical situations. That is why the state of Colorado spent years visiting with public safety teams statewide, thoroughly reviewing solutions for Colorado. Our conclusion: opting in to FirstNet is the best solution for Colorado.


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