Colorado Releases Public-Safety LTE RFP, Responses Due May 8
Friday, March 24, 2017 | Comments

The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) released a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of a Colorado-specific public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Responses are due May 8.

The purpose of the RFP is to develop a state plan that is an alternative to the one that will eventually be provided by First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). A side-by-side comparison of these plans will allow Colorado to choose the option that best suits its needs.

The RFP will be in two phases, with initial responses focusing on the qualifications of the offerors and their approach to some of the key elements of the potential implementation. Offerors who are selected to move onto the second phase 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 that meet its needs.

In addition to the primary objective of developing a network to meet the public-safety requirements outlined in the Spectrum Act, the state seeks solutions that could overlap with other statewide initiatives such as intelligent transportation systems (ITS), Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) and a variety of the state’s rural broadband initiatives.

“We want real creativity and innovation from potential bidders,” said Brian Shepherd, the state single 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.”

Colorado contracted consulting firm Signals Analytics to help it develop the RFP, Shepherd said.

The RFP documents can be found here by accessing the “Public Access” button and searching FirstNet or RFP#2017000243.

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