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Regional Leadership Meeting Scheduled for October 24

​Emergency Communication Network's next Regional Leadership meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2016 at the MnDOT Conference Center (3725 12th Street North, St. Cloud).

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.

The scheduled start time is 10 A.M. but, networking will begin at 9 A.M. We are scheduled to complete our day’s work by 3 P.M.  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

FirstNet: The Internet of Life Saving Things

​The wireless broadband network known as FirstNet took center stage at the EMS World Expo in New Orleans this week. FirstNet President TJ Kennedy addressed thousands of first responders to highlight the network’s potential to revolutionize mobile emergency rooms and other medical care in the field. He called it the “Internet of Life Saving Things.” Tools include life-saving apps that will facilitate video and audio feeds from the field back to a hospital, along with data management—all done over an encrypted and prioritized network.

Watch TJ Kennedy’s keynote speech.


Mapping out FirstNet in Minnesota

While planning continues for a dedicated wireless broadband network in Minnesota, a new map is showing how FirstNet will roll out for first responders across the state. The goal is to make it available statewide based on capacity and coverage needs in five phases. This means Minnesota’s metro areas, along with our state highways and interstates will be the first locations to have access to the network—making emergency response more efficient and effective.

The proposed build-out map is currently under consideration, but may be accessed here.