Summary of the Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) Program by elizabethberkley

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									          Summary of the Telecommunications Service Priority ("TSP") Program
                               47 CFR 64 – Appendix A

The TSP ensures priority treatment for the nation's most important telecommunications services,
services supporting national security or emergency preparedness (NS/EP) missions.
 TSP was created pursuant to FCC Rules via Report & Order (FCC 88-341) on Nov. 18, 1988.
 TSP guarantees priority restoration.
 TSP is currently administered by the National Communications System ("NCS").

How TSP Works
 Qualified entities designate telecom services requiring TSP. For a PSAP, in addition to 911
  trunks, this might include admin lines and/or lines to the radio/telecom site.
 Lines designated as part of the TSP are restored first.
 TSP program trumps all private contracts with providers. A provider cannot be sued for
  failing to meet the terms of private contracts if they are working on TSP designated lines.

Who Qualifies
Entities engaged in activities essential for the security & safety of American citizens that rely on
telecom services. There are varying priorities, currently:
    1. National security leadership (WHCA, etc. – includes vendors' own services)
    2. Security posture & attack warning (Federal, State local governments, national space
        operations, etc.)
    3. Public Health, safety, law and order (PSAPs/911 centers, law enforcement, PD's, etc.)
    4. Public welfare/economic posture (banks)

Non-Federal entities qualify for TSP services via a sponsor. The FCC sponsors all 911-related
organizations.

Associated Costs
 Providers are entitled to recover their costs. Rates are a part of the providers' tariffs.
 Currently there are one-time origination/activation charges + a monthly charge (per line).
   Charges vary significantly by carrier & state in which service is provided. The national
   average is $100 / line activation, with the highest rate occurring in California ($350) and the
   lowest in Texas ($0). Monthly recurring costs are as low as $1.75 per line.

Additional Trivia
 Figures provided to the FCC indicate that of 1000 of the 6500 PSAP's nationwide were
  enrolled in the program. You may wish to note that no distinction is made between contracts
  for a single or multiple lines.
 Telcos normally given 911 systems priority on an informal basis, however, if a large scale
  event occurs, the informal nature of this "agreement" could be problematic for the PSAP.
 Most common enrollment practices have been (1) Purchasing TSP for all lines
  simultaneously; (2) Adding an additional line(s) each year to spread activation costs; (3)
  Activating TSP on only two lines (admin & RF/two-way site).

For more information, see: http://tsp/ncs.gov

								
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