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Coming Soon: Dedicated Wireless Broadband for First Responders

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Governor Mark Dayton has announced that Minnesota will opt in to FirstNet, the wireless broadband network for first responders.

First responders now use the same commercial networks as the public to send and receive data in emergencies. Often times, those networks become overloaded, especially in emergencies. FirstNet’s reliable broadband would give first responders priority without interruption in an emergency so they can send and receive real-time information quickly.

FirstNet has partnered with AT&T to build, deploy, operate and maintain the secure wireless broadband network for first responders for the next 25 years. ECN will now work with FirstNet and AT&T to develop the network needed for Minnesota’s public safety personnel. Review Gov. Dayton’s opt in letter and accompanying news release.

Planning Team Voluneteers Desired for 2018 Public Safety Communications Conference

DPS-​ECN is seeking volunteers from the public safety communications community to serve on the planning committee for the 2018 Minnesota Public Safety Communications Conference.  The 2018 conference is scheduled for April 23-25, 2018 and will be held again in Saint Cloud. 

Volunteers will be asked to participate in regular planning calls and to volunteer for a variety of conference planning tasks.  If interested, please contact Jim Stromberg at

SAFECOM Nationwide Survey

The Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks division encourages Minnesota’s public safety community to complete the SAFECOM Nationwide Survey.

The SAFECOM Nationwide Survey (SNS) is a nationwide effort to obtain critical information  that will ultimately drive our nation’s emergency communication policies, programs and funding. The SNS is directed at emergency response organizations with a public safety-related mission in law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical services, and public safety answering points and communications centers.

A link to the SNS can be found on the SAFECOM website. The survey will be available into February 2018 to ensure agencies have enough time to participate.