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Regional Leadership Meeting Scheduled for October 23

Emergency Communication Network's next Regional Leadership meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 23, 2017 at the MnDOT Conference Center (3725 12th Street North, St. Cloud).  Coffee and treats will be served at 9:00 AM, the meeting begins at 10:00 AM, and we adjourn at 3:00 PM.

The meetings are held three times per year and are an opportunity for the leadership of each region to share and learn from one another. Although we do set an agenda, it is a work in progress and your ideas for discussion are always welcome. We hope regional leaders -- both formal and informal -- can set aside time to take part in this event.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Jim Stromberg at

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.

The State of 911 in Minnesota

Minnesota recently participated in a comprehensive survey that gathered data on the state of the 911 system in 46 states. The 2016 National 911 Progress Report details which states are making strides in planning for and implementing Next Generation 911 (NG911) services.

Minnesota is among the early adopters of NG911 technology that will make statewide Text-to-911 a reality by the end of 2017. NG911 technology is a priority here: As of 2014, all 104 of Minnesota’s 911 dispatch centers are connected to the next generation Emergency Services IP Network. Review Minnesota’s ongoing NG911 initiatives and projects.

The 2016 National 911 Progress Report was compiled by the National 911 Program, which is housed at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).