Burgum approves state's participation in FirstNet

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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is joining several other states in modernizing communications technology for its first responders.

Gov. Doug Burgum announced his decision to accept a plan to deliver a wireless broadband network called FirstNet to the public safety community.

He says events like the Dakota Access Pipeline protests demonstrated the important need for numerous agencies to have a common system to enable communication.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for North Dakota's public safety community at no cost to the state for the first 25 years.