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.