State approves $34.5 million 911 contract

South Dakota’s 911 Coordination Board has awarded a new contract to CenturyLink to provide Next Generation 911 services to the state.

According the Public Safety news release, the contract was approved at the board’s June 21 meeting. The five-year contract, with a five-year renewal period, is worth more than $34.5 million during the 10-year period.

“A working 911 system is crucial to the state in order for emergency responders to assist our citizens in times of need,” said Craig Price, the new cabinet secretary for Department of Public Safety.

NextGen Communications, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of New York based Comtech Telecommunications Corporation, is the current provider for 911 services in South Dakota. Its contract expires this December.

In January, the 911 Coordination Board sought new proposals for the state’s 911 services.

“CenturyLink stood out as the top responder with its detailed proposal and competitive pricing for 911 services,” said board chairman Lee McPeek, who is also Watertown Police Chief. “We look forward to a smooth transition to CenturyLink by the end of December 2019.”