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911 Outage Under Investigation

​The Minnesota Public Utilities Community (PUC) has announced an investigation into the 911 outage that disrupted service throughout the state on August 1. In a filing submitted with the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the PUC will review whether  West Safety Services and CenturyLink followed all laws and rules “relating to adequate service in their provision of 911 service.”

As part of the investigation, ECN will provide the PUC with evidence pertaining to the 65 minute outage where 693 calls failed to route to 911 dispatch centers. CenturyLink’s review found that a West employee made an error in the network that resulted in the outage. Read more about the outage.

Contract Allows Responders to Sign up For Dedicated Wireless Broadband

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If you’ve ever tried to use your cell phone in an emergency or during a large event, you know service can be spotty or non-existent. Now imagine being a first responder and having to send and receive information over those same networks.

That’s why the State of Minnesota finalized a contract with FirstNet and AT&T. The pair will build and deploy the nationwide public safety broadband network across Minnesota. Public safety agencies who sign up for the dedicated service will receive priority and preemption in an emergency, which means they’ll be able to get critical mission-driven information when it’s needed most. Learn more in our news release here.