Colorado to transform communications for public safety

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has decided to accept the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T (NYSE: T) plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state´s public safety community, the company said.

FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help Colorado´s first responders statewide save lives and protect communities.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for Colorado´s public safety community at no cost to the state. The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools for first responders.

Colorado is the 40th state or territory to announce its decision to opt in to the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T plan, and the 11th state to do so after evaluating proposals from both First Responder Network Authority/AT&T and other potential vendors. This decision brings public safety the overall best value solution with the least risk.

The decision enables the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Colorado´s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service, priority and preemption to voice and data across the FirstNet network.

By opting in to FirstNet, fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers subscribing to the service will have dedicated access to the information they need, when and where they need it — 24/7/365, like their mission.

The First Responder Network Authority is an independent authority within the US Department of Commerce. Chartered in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect US communities. Learn more at FirstNet.gov/mediakit and follow FirstNet (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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