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Minnesota receives FirstNet State Plan

FirstNet State Plan Process

After much anticipation, FirstNet released State Plans which detail what the dedicated wireless broadband network would look like for Minnesota’s public safety professionals. ECN staff is going through that plan as part of a 45-day review process. The plan comes after FirstNet and AT&T announced a partnership to build the network earlier this year. Two initial takeaways from the review process include:

  • AT&T is offering Priority and Preemption on their entire network by the end of the year, which was more than FirstNet asked for.
  • AT&T is stressing consultation with the states in offering existing infrastructure to get the best network possible. 
So, what’s next? In July, ECN staff, along with Minnesota’s FirstNet workgroups and public safety partners will review the State Plan and submit comments. This includes evaluating the State Plan against the requirements that Minnesota’s FirstNet workgroups put together last fall. After FirstNet receives those comments, they have until late September to deliver the final State Plan. A 90 day review process will follow before Gov. Dayton will consider whether Minnesota will opt-in or opt-out of the network in December.