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TSP Eligibility

There are five broad categories that serve as guidelines for determining whether a circuit or telecommunications service is eligible for priority provisioning or restoration. Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) service user organizations may be in the federal, state, local, or tribal governments; critical infrastructure sectors in industry; non-profit organizations that perform critical national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) functions; or foreign governments. Typical TSP service users are responsible for the command and control functions critical to management of and response to NS/EP situations, particularly during the first 24 to 72 hours following an event.

Essential Service Criteria for TSP

Eligible services must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Serves our national security leadership;
  • Supports the national security posture and U.S. population attack warning systems;
  • Supports public health, safety, and maintenance of law and order activities;
  • Maintains the public welfare and the national economic system; or
  • Is critical to the protection of life and property or to NS/EP activities during an emergency.


Last Published Date: September 30, 2015

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