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Emergency Communication Networks

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Wireless Broadband for Public Safety

About FirstNet

DPS-ECN is leading the effort to provide wireless broadband to Minnesota public safety officials. ECN staff members are working in coordination with the national effort organized under the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which is an independent agency under the Department of Commerce.

What Minnesota's public officials should know about FirstNet.


Opting in to FirstNet

The State of Minnesota finalized the contract with FirstNet and AT&T in May 2018.. Minnesota’s law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services personnel and sovereign nations now have the opportunity to sign up for FirstNet. Learn more here.

MN has a contract with all of the major LTE carriers in the state:  AT&T, Verizon, Sprint & T-Mobile.

In October 2017, Governor Mark Dayton announced that Minnesota will opt in to FirstNet, the wireless broadband network for first responders.

FirstNet has partnered with AT&T FirstNet to build, deploy, operate and maintain the secure wireless broadband network for first responders for the next 25 years. ECN is now working with FirstNet Authority and AT&T FirstNet to develop the network needed for Minnesota’s public safety personnel.

Review Gov. Dayton’s opt in letter and accompanying news release.

Current Initiatives:

Minnesota's FirstNet Adoption Flow Diagram Guide.
Broadband Mobile Toolbox Study

Implementation Timeline

AT&T FirstNet and FirstNet Authority are joining ECN in meeting with  public safety agencies across Minnesota.

The implementation process is currently in the third of five phases which started March 31, 2019.

  • Phase three: Includes enhanced features-- like WiFi calling and voice over LTE-- will be offered to public safety using FirstNet.

  • Phase four: Public safety using FirstNet will experience mission critical features such as push-to-talk.

  • Phase five: Public safety will see additional features such as broadcast technology and enhanced location-based services.

Melinda Miller
Wireless Broadband State Program Manager