2018 Application Use Survey: Overview
As Vermont anticipates the buildout of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), the Department of Public Safety and the Public Safety Broadband Network Commission (PSBC) would like to better understand how Vermont's first responders are currently using broadband. A 15-question online survey was created to (1) determine responders' rating of current broadband coverage and their use of it; (2) examine current and projected uses of applications and determine those areas responders would like more information and education; and (3) identify factors that are limiting responders' use of wireless technology. There were 404 public safety organizations and individual first responders asked to participate in the survey. The survey opened on November 5, 2018 and was closed on December 10, 2018. There were 115 responses received to the survey--a response rate of 28 percent. DPS and the PSBC appreciates the effort made by Vermont's first responder community to respond to this survey.
Description of Current Broadband Coverage
Applications Currently Used by First Responders for Work-Related Tasks
2018 Vermont Telecommunications Plan
On November 14, 2018, the Department of Public Service released the 2018 Vermont Telecommunications Plan. Public Safety Radio Technology Services and work related to FirstNet are discussed in the infrastructure section of the plan. This information is located on page 23 of the report.
2015 Survey of First Responders: Overview
From June to September 2015, the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Network Commission team participated in a national survey to collect data from Vermont's first responder community to send to FirstNet. This data is being used to inform the build out of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). The goal of the survey was to better understand the mobile wireless usage of Vermont's first responders. There were 591 public safety entities in Vermont that completed the survey, representing almost 75% of the public safety entities in the state. There were 18,700+ Vermont public safety personnel represented in the survey response.
State of Vermont FirstNet Data Collection: Development of Coverage Objectives