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South Dakota Public Safety Broadband Network is Looking for Feedback from First Responders

The goal of the survey is to identify the applications (apps) currently used, or required for future use, by the South Dakota public safety community. We are looking for all responders on any broadband network across all disciplines and jurisdictions in South Dakota to fill out the survey.


Additionally, this survey seeks to identify the critical data that needs to be accessed and shared by public safety over mobile broadband networks. It is crucial that all public safety entities and their personnel participate so that we can have the best and most complete set of information for our planning efforts.


By understanding how you use mobile broadband, we can advance common data sharing and potentially address shortfalls that exist in the public safety community. If you would like to use or have access to certain applications and are currently unable due to cost, technical issues, lack of broadband coverage, lack of training, etc. we want to hear from you.


The survey results will inform specialized subcommittees on the need for specific capabilities, likely data interoperability requirements, and potential areas of cooperation that could be pursued to increase access to critical applications and services. Your participation is vital to the success of the public safety communications in South Dakota.


To fill out the survey, visit the following link:


About South Dakota Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN): On February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs Creation Act was signed into law. This legislation established the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and charged it with creating a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). The premise behind the NPSBN is having available mobile data bandwidth for our nation’s first responders no matter what the situation. Currently, in emergencies the wireless carriers can be overwhelmed and access to cellular voice or data services may become unreliable, if available at all. This concept creates a separate wireless network specifically for the public safety industry, thus ensuring access in the worst of times. Visit psbn.sd.gov, email PSBNInfo@state.sd.us, or call 605.773.4347 for more information.