C Spire Offers Public-Safety LTE Priority Service
Friday, June 15, 2018 | Comments

Regional wireless carrier C Spire introduced a new public-safety data priority service designed to help local and state emergency first responders send and receive critical mobile data communications during a crisis or natural disaster.

The free service gives emergency personnel, including state and local government, police, fire and other designated public health and safety professionals, priority data network access on C Spire's Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. C Spire already waives the one-time activation charge and monthly service fee for Wireless Priority Service (WPS), a companion service that gives eligible emergency response agencies and personnel a higher priority voice connection to its mobile communications network during a crisis or natural disaster.

“In an emergency situation, essential voice and data communications are critical for public safety and emergency responders who need to get through as fast as possible,” said C Spire Chief Network Officer Keith Paglusch, noting that hurricanes, widespread flooding and tornadoes cause billions of dollars in damage, injuries and result in deaths every year in the Southeast.

The latest outlook for the 2018 hurricane season from Colorado State University, considered the nation's top forecaster, calls for 14 tropical storms (wind speeds of 39 mph or higher) and six hurricanes (74 mph or higher winds) forming in the Atlantic Ocean during the six-month period that officially began June 1.

While this year is expected to be an average year for hurricanes, even lower threat years have produced catastrophic impacts on communities. In 2015, the remnants of Hurricane Joaquin dumped 24 inches of rain in South Carolina and caused more than $1 billion in damages. Earlier, the Category 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds sunk the U.S. container ship El Fargo near the Bahamas, drowning all 33 crewmembers onboard.

Last year was considered an above average season with 17 named storms and 10 hurricanes, six of which were considered major, including the first two major hurricanes (Harvey and Irma) to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years. Harvey, Irma and Maria made 2017 the costliest hurricane season on record with over $282 billion in damages.

“We want to support emergency responders by making these important voice and data resources available and affordable for cities, counties and state entities responsible for protecting the public during times of crisis or natural disaster," Paglusch said.

The feature, which requires applicants to apply at www.cspire.com/publicsafety, can be added to a designated account in less than 48 hours.

Would you like to comment on this story? Find our comments system below.

Post a comment
Name: *
Email: *
Title: *
Comment: *


No Comments Submitted Yet

Be the first by using the form above to submit a comment!

Site Navigation