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The future of information sharing involves significant changes to broadband networks. One of those changes will likely involve devoting a portion of broadband to public safety during emergencies. DPS/ECN is leading the effort to provide wireless broadband to Minnesota public safety officials. ECN Director Jackie Mines spoke at an event hosted by the Minnesota Telecom Alliance and shared the latest progress on this important subject. She joined Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek (pictured on the left) and Albert Kangas, the general manager for NewCore Wireless (pictured on the right), on a panel at a conference called 21st Century Broadband Networks - Driving our Future.
Minnesota is among the states that are doing a good job of providing location information when residents call 911 on a cell phone, but more can be done. That's why the Emergency Communication Networks division supports new rules to require cell phone carrriers to provide more precise location information. Read more in this report in the St. Cloud Times.
You can also watch this report from KARE 11
In this job, I help others. And that helps me. So begins a moving piece by Rachel Pond about her experience as a 911 operator, published by the Star Tribune, February 16. Read the full story.