Northwestern Minnesota Gains New FirstNet Site
Monday, November 25, 2019 | Comments

First responders in northwestern Minnesota and those serving the White Earth Reservation will see a coverage boost with a new purpose-built cell site as part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) buildout. The site, located between the White Earth Reservation and Itasca State Park, is part of FirstNet’s network expansion in Minnesota.

This site is located in Zerkel near the intersection of State Highway 92 and State Highway 200 and to the east of the White Earth Reservation. Public-safety stakeholders identified this location as a prime spot for increased network coverage and capacity to better support emergency communications. The site will help improve coverage along the eastern edge of the White Earth Reservation.

This is the first new FirstNet site to be publicly announced in Minnesota following the state’s decision to opt in to the FirstNet broadband network. The site was constructed using band 14 spectrum, as well as AT&T commercial spectrum bands. Additional new FirstNet sites are underway, and band 14 is actively being added to existing sites across Minnesota.

“The FirstNet Authority worked hand-in-hand with Minnesota’s public-safety community to understand their needs for the network,” said Jeff Bratcher, chief technology and operations officer, FirstNet Authority. “And this cell site is a prime example of how that input and feedback is becoming reality. We look forward to supporting White Earth first responders’ use of FirstNet to help them save lives and protect their community.”

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