Jeff Bratcher is the current Chief Technology Officer for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and is based at the FirstNet Technical headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Bratcher also serves as the Deputy CTO for FirstNet. Duties include the management and oversight of the teams developing specifications to support the FirstNet mission in deploying a nationwide public safety broadband network for first responders.
Prior to joining FirstNet, Mr. Bratcher served as Division Chief for the Telecommunications and IT Planning Division at the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) located in Boulder, Colorado and also served as the Technical and Operations Manager for the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program. The PSCR program serves as an objective technical advisor and laboratory for public safety practitioners to accelerate the adoption and implementation of the most critical public safety communication standards and technologies.
Mr. Bratcher began his Federal service with NTIA/ITS in 2003 and has received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal award in 2006 and Silver and Bronze Medal awards in 2011 for his efforts related to Public Safety communications research and development within the PSCR program.
Prior to joining Federal service, Mr. Bratcher worked for 10 years in the private sector at Motorola Cellular and Siemens Mobile in their respective cellular field deployment engineering teams. Mr. Bratcher supported and led engineering teams that launched the first digital cellular and broadband systems within domestic and international markets.
Mr. Bratcher received his Master’s of Science in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University.