FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2017  

Colorado Releases RFP for Alternative to FirstNet

DENVER, Colo.—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.

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