Minnesota Opts In to FirstNet
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 | Comments

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced the state will participate in the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community.

“First responders across our state risk their lives every day to protect and serve the people of Minnesota,” Dayton said. “Modernizing our communications infrastructure will allow our courageous first responders to coordinate and respond more quickly, effectively and safely, creating better outcomes for them and the communities they serve.”

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a secure wireless broadband communications network for Minnesota’s public safety community at no cost to the state.

“Governor Dayton’s decision to launch FirstNet in Minnesota will dramatically enhance police work across the state by giving law enforcement access to the most advanced communications capabilities available today,” says FirstNet Board Member Richard Stanek, who has served as the sheriff of Hennepin County since 2007. “It will also modernize communications used by fire, EMS and other public-safety personnel, which will help all first responders maintain the safety of our neighborhoods and communities."

FirstNet and AT&T designed Minnesota’s network solution with direct input from the state and its public-safety community, helping to address the state’s unique communications needs including extending coverage to first responders in rural areas and improving coverage along Minnesota’s border with Canada, using the FirstNet platform to drive innovation in public-safety applications, and providing first responders with access to dedicated network assets that can be deployed for additional coverage and support when needed.

Minnesota’s first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network. Pre-emption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end.

“We congratulate Governor Dayton on taking the first steps necessary to provide our state’s public-safety community with the cutting-edge technologies they need to protect Minnesotans,” said Paul Weirtz, president, AT&T Minnesota. “AT&T is honored to bring FirstNet to Minnesota. We are proud to already have the most wireless coverage in Minnesota. And we are excited to strengthen our network coverage across the state to provide first responders with the innovative communications tools they deserve to carry out their life-saving mission.”

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