North Dakota Gets First Taste of FirstNet

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FirstNet said it’s installing four cell sites in North Dakota, each dedicated to assisting emergency services. “These new FirstNet tower builds are a positive development for the state, providing increased coverage and improved connectivity for North Dakota’s first responders and residents,” stated North Dakota CTO Duane Schell. “We look forward to additional progress in 2020.” 

The new sites will feature communications that use Band 14 set aside for emergency responders. AT&T commercial spectrum bands will also be used to relay information. The idea is that in a crisis, the Band 14 channel will always be clear for FirstNet communications.  

Cheryl Riley, AT&T’s President – Northern Plains States, said, “North Dakota’s first responders deserve reliable coverage across the state to help them effectively and efficiently address incidents. And with FirstNet, that’s exactly what they’re getting.” She added, “We couldn’t be more pleased to support the public safety mission and bring the state’s first responders – and residents – greater access to the connectivity they need.” 

Duane Schell, North Dakota Chief Technology Officer agreed, calling the FirstNet tower builds a “positive development for the state, providing increased coverage and improved connectivity for North Dakota’s first responders and residents. We look forward to additional progress in 2020.” 

Two sites in Slope County, along with cell sites in McLean and Stark Counties, will be the first to receive the FirstNet wireless upgrades.  

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