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Work Group Reviews Minnesota's FirstNet State Plan

​An important review is underway this week as a work group takes a deeper look at the State Plan that FirstNet released to Minnesota last month.

Members include emergency communications experts from across the state. They will compare that State Plan to a summary document they created during meetings last fall. The work group will review technical, business, operations and user requirements of both documents to ensure that the dedicated wireless broadband network would offer the resources that Minnesota public safety personnel need.

Members will then submit comments to FirstNet, who has until late September to deliver a final State Plan. After that, Gov. Dayton has 90 days to decide whether or not Minnesota will opt-in or opt-out of the network.

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.