Public Safety

What can we do for you?

We are a trusted public safety partner that advocates on behalf of first responders throughout the state. We support law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services (EMS) and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), dispatch and 911 centers and all their partners with fixed, wireless, and ad hoc technology solutions for operations, planned events, and day-to-day needs. We partner with federal, state and local entities to help in the shared mission to save lives and protect property.

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Questions?

Your point of contact is: Ed Mills

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Subject Matter Expertise


We are subject matter experts in broadband communications for law enforcement, fire, EMS and dispatch and thought leaders in innovation for public safety communications. We can provide:

  • Planning, guidance and support
  • Education on devices, capabilities and solutions
  • Best practices for public safety communications including Digital Trunked Radio System (DTRS) to broadband bridge and air-to-ground communications
  • Holistic solutions for public safety needs that are carrier-agnostic

Testing, Training & Special Events


We can provide testing and training for devices, technologies, applications and communications solutions. This includes:

  • Testing devices and technologies for day-to-day operations
  • Planning, development and implementation of technology solutions for special events
  • Facilitation and coordination of transport network providers, device, mesh network manufacturers and application vendors for operations and special events
  • Testing and development of emerging technologies

Mobile Carrier Support - Mobile Network Coverage Analysis

We can provide network coverage data and analysis to help agencies understand mobile coverage and signal strength vital to day-to-day operations.

Mobile Carrier Support - Priority Access for First Responders

First responders are eligible for priority access on a number of carrier networks. Below is a list of mobile providers that offer priority service for first responders with information on how to get priority access. Many of these priority access programs will require registration in the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) and the Wireless Priority Service (WPS) programs. Find out more about requesting GETS and WPS

If you have trouble signing up for priority access, we can provide assistance in getting you connected with the correct representative.

FirstNet powered by AT&T

AT&T’s COVID-19 Response

About FirstNet powered by AT&T 

FirstNet Dedicated Support:  1.800.574.7000

Verizon

About Verizon Wireless Broadband Priority 

Visit Verizon’s First Responder Benefits Program to check your eligibility. You may need your agency badge or ID to prove eligibility.

Verizon response to the coronavirus COVID1

Sprint

About Sprint Wireless Priority Service

Current Sprint customers will need to request WPS via the Department of Homeland Security. Instructions can be found here.

T-Mobile

About T-Mobile’s Public Safety Wireless Solutions

How to sign up for Wireless Priority Service (WPS) with T-Mobile

FirstNet


The CBO serves as the liaison between the Governor and FirstNet, ensuring that FirstNet serves Colorado’s first responders. 

What is FirstNet?

FirstNet is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Authorized by Congress in 2012, its mission is to develop, build and operate the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. 

Learn more about the history of FirstNet at firstnet.gov

Learn about FirstNet Built with AT&T services and devices at firstnet.com

Network Redundancy


Redundant and diverse network paths are essential to prevent outages. We work with agencies and broadband service providers to ensure redundant networks to support PSAPs, Dispatch 911 Centers & Next Generation 911 (NG 911). We also support bridge technologies that couple Land Mobile Radio (LMR) with broadband.

To support this effort, we participate in the Colorado 9-1-1 Advisory Task Force.

During network outages the Colorado Broadband Office partners with agencies and regions to find technological solutions to both resolve outages and support communities during outages.

Funding

State Programs

DOLA Broadband Program

DOLA supports the efforts of local governments to improve Broadband service to their constituents to achieve enhanced community and economic development.

Fund Owner:  Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Website: Program Website

Important Dates: Application period for Cycle 21-12: August 2, 2021 - September 3, 2021

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Federal Programs

Broadband Infrastructure Program

The Broadband Infrastructure Program is a $288 million broadband deployment program directed to partnerships between a state, or one or more political subdivisions of a state, and providers of fixed broadband service to support broadband infrastructure deployment to areas lacking broadband, especially rural areas.

Fund Owner:  NTIA

Website: Program Website

Important Dates: Application deadline: August 17, 2021

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Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Program

The Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program provides grants to eligible HBCUs, TCUs and MSIs in anchor communities for the purchase of broadband Internet access service or any eligible equipment, or to hire and train information technology personnel.

Fund Owner:  NTIA

Website: Program Website

Important Dates: Awaiting NOFO

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Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF)

The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF) will address many challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America and low- and moderate-income communities, helping to ensure that all communities have access to the high-quality, modern infrastructure needed to thrive, including internet access.

Fund Owner:  U.S. Treasury

Website: Program Website 

Important Dates: Treasury guidance is expected to be issued in July and applications will be accepted for review in the summer of 2021.

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Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery.

Fund Owner:  U.S. Treasury

Website: Program Website 

Important Dates: Interim final rules (IFRs) comment deadline is July 16, 2021.

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Community Connect Grant Program

The Community Connect program helps fund broadband deployment in rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private-sector providers to deliver service.

Fund Owner: USDA

Website: Program Website 

Important Dates: Funding Opportunity Announcement was posted September 24, 2020, and 90-day application window closed December 23, 2020.

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