South Dakota becomes 36th state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ announcement

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard today announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making South Dakota the 35thstate—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.

“We deal with our fair share of severe weather and natural disasters in South Dakota. Our first responders need to have access to communication technologies that work whenever and wherever needed,” Gov. Daugaard said in a prepared statement. “FirstNet will create a single, interoperable system across our state to aid first responders in protecting citizens.”

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