C Spire waives activation, monthly fees for priority service that aids critical mobile communications for emergency first responders

C Spire waives activation, monthly fees for priority service that aids critical mobile communications for emergency first responders

RIDGELAND, MS - This is a news release from C Spire

With the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season about the begin, C Spire is waiving the one-time activation charge and monthly service fee for Wireless Priority Service (WPS), which gives eligible emergency response agencies and personnel a higher priority connection to its mobile communications network during a crisis or natural disaster.

WPS gives emergency service personnel, including federal, state and local government officials, police, fire and other designated public health and safety first responders, a higher-priority connection to C Spire's network during natural disasters like hurricanes, terrorist attacks and major accidents by dialing *272 before the destination phone number on pre-authorized mobile phones.

While priority calls do not preempt calls in progress, WPS allows authorized users to gain priority access to the next available wireless channel on the C Spire network, thereby increasing the probability of call completion during emergencies and times of crisis, according to Stephen Bye, chief technology officer for C Spire.