DENVER — Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced that Colorado will join FirstNet, the wireless broadband network to be developed specifically to improve communications among first responders and public safety.
“We are opting to allow FirstNet to make an investment in Colorado that promises to make our state more resilient against threats to our safety,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “We, together with Colorado’s Governing Board, are confident that the investment will not only benefit public safety, but also provide much needed telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas of our state.”
FirstNet is a public private partnership with AT&T housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce. AT&T will build, operate and maintain the secure wireless broadband communications network 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.
The decision to join FirstNet was based on a review and analysis by the Colorado FirstNet Governing Board, chaired by Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade and composed of members from across the state.