The communications revolution of the past decade has redefined how we communicate personally and professionally. Barriers to communication and information flow have been removed revealing brand new ways to solve problems and interact, causing the need to reevaluate and redesign our critical institutions’ communications systems. As we move toward smarter communities, with capabilities like intelligent transportation systems (ITS) it is critical that we design networks that must interact and compliment the Next Generation 911 (NG911) networks and our public health and environmental monitoring systems with cross-over into our education systems and many other arenas.
The purpose of the Critical Communications Program is to guide the state in the development of the critical networks that will be the foundation for our economy, education, health, transportation, and public safety systems. Our focus will be on bringing the necessary public and private stakeholders together to plan for and implement the necessary objectives, standards, and cooperative models to move Colorado forward in a measured, unified approach. The two primary initiatives are:
Statewide Telecommunications Infrastructure Plan
Few states face the challenges that Colorado does when it comes to communications infrastructure. Whether it’s getting the necessary connectivity for a rural school, ensuring that all households can benefit from the connected world, or that first responders can communicate in all parts of the state, solving these challenges will require a thoughtful and creative approach when it comes to infrastructure investment. From fiber optic cable to cellular towers to small cell implementations, the goal of this program is to be a proactive participant in conjunction with the private sector to provide the needed investment in and expansion of critical communications infrastructure throughout Colorado.
The Colorado Broadband Office (CBO), in conjunction with multiple state agencies, local organizations and other critical communications stakeholders, is developing a strategic plan to address the state’s long-term communication needs. This is an ongoing effort that will help identify the specific communications needs, both wired and wireless, and support public and private stakeholders in identifying ways to incentivize investment throughout the state that will capitalize on economies-of-scale through collaborative infrastructure.
Colorado’s Smart State Initiative
What is a Smart City? How does public safety integrate into all of the chatter? How do we ensure collaboration between multiple cities?
These are the questions at the heart of the Smart State Initiative. While cities such as Denver have jumped ahead and are leading the way towards Smart/Safe Cities, the goal of the Colorado Broadband Office is to ensure that all cities can take advantage of this opportunity and that we implement this technology consistently across the state. The initiative will focus on developing partnerships and relationships at local, regional and statewide levels to bring together best practices, enable conversations and encourage collaboration to develop and implement a Smart/Safe Cities strategy throughout the state.