The bill creates the Colorado next generation 911 board (board) in the division of homeland security and emergency management within the department of public safety. The board's purpose is to lead the planning for, implementation of, and transition to a sustainable next generation 911 service. The board is required to:
- Commission a study to assist in formulating a next generation 911 plan. The study must address business requirements for the transition, gaps and vulnerabilities, potential funding mechanisms, challenges to implementation, current and emerging technologies, and opportunities to save costs by using existing network facilities.
- Develop a next generation 911 plan. The plan must address coordination and timing for implementation, maintenance and funding of the current 911 service through the transition period, services to ensure that the access and functional needs population has access to next generation 911, rapid deployment, a testing plan and timeline, contingency plans, a governance plan, and end-user training and implementation.
- Assist with next generation 911 implementation and transition oversight, coordinate outreach and education initiatives related to the next generation 911 plan, coordinate and facilitate stakeholder outreach, identify costs and funding opportunities for the transition to next generation 911, and collect and report on progress measurements.
The board has the authority to seek and accept gifts, grants, and donations and to contract with private or public entities to accomplish its purposes. The bill specifies that the board does not have regulatory authority over basic emergency service or other areas under the public utilities commission and does not supersede local control of 911 operations.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)