South Dakota to Transform Communications for Public Safety; Governor Daugaard Approves Buildout Plan for First Responder Network

AT&T Press Release

South Dakota is modernizing communications technology for its first responders. Today, Governor Dennis Daugaard announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public safety community. FirstNet will bring advanced tools to help South Dakota’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

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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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