WyoLink Groundbreaking Event!

Untitled.pngDriving Directions

Take I-25 to the 298 Exit (South Main Street), then proceed East to the fenced-in WYDOT yard on the South, approx. 400 feet. 

The Groundbreaking will be held in the back southeast corner of the facility.

 

The groundbreaking of this Buffalo tower is the first of 16 new WYOLINK towers expanding the service and coverage area for emergency responders.

This tower will serve the City of Buffalo and Johnson County by increasing and improving critical radio coverage. 

We hope to see you at this exciting event!

 

"THE MISSION OF WYOLINK IS TO SAVE LIVES"

Mission

To provide a safe, high quality, and efficient transportation system.

Vision

To develop recommendations for policy and guidelines, identify technology and standards, and coordinate intergovernmental resources to facilitate statewide wireless communications interoperability with emphasis on public safety.

Background

At the encouragement of Wyoming’s public safety community, the Wyoming Legislature recognized a need for a comprehensive and coordinated statewide emergency communications network and established Wyoming’s Public Safety Communications Commission (PSCC or the Communications Commission) effective July 1, 2004 (established through W.S. 9-2-1101).   

The creation of the PSCC occurred at a time when federal funding for public safety communications peaked following the 9/11 incidents.  Initially, the PSCC was assigned to the Department of Homeland Security. 

Over the years, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has primarily completed the field implementation of PSCC policy.  Today, most of the previous federal funding for public safety communications is gone.  State general funds and other WYDOT funding support the Communications Commission and inter-operative emergency communications in our state.  

In 2017, W.S. 9-2-1102 was amended and, as a result, re-organized the Communications Commission.  The changes in legislation transferred administrative support responsibilities from the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security to WYDOT—thereby improving oversight and accountability of the agency actually implementing the program, reducing the use of general funds, and stabilizing the program overall.  As part of this change, WYDOT enhanced internal support for WyoLink by adding a new supervisor and telecommunications program manager; hiring a chief technology officer to oversee WyoLink; conducting meetings with local communities, city councils, and county commissions to better understand conditions; and securing $16 million for capital construction of additional towers to improve WyoLink coverage.    

The amendments also streamlined the voting members of the Commission from seventeen to eleven and added the WYDOT director as an ex-officio member.  The goal of this change was to improve local government presence, including representation from municipal government, county government, police chiefs, county sheriffs, fire chiefs, tribal representatives, and improved ambulance and medical service representation.

Composition

The Public Safety Communications Commission consists of 11 voting members, each appointed by the Governor, with the Director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation serving as an ex officio, non-voting member.  Appointees are comprised of representatives from the following public safety agencies, professional associations, and state departments:

1)    The Wyoming Police Chief’s Association

2)    The Wyoming Sheriff’s Association

3)    The Division of Criminal Investigation, Office of the Attorney General

4)    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department

5)    The Wyoming Department of Transportation (someone overseeing technology or telecommunications systems)

6)    Wyoming Fire Chief’s Association

7)    The Public at Large

8)    An Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services Organization

9)    The Wyoming Association of Municipalities (or another municipal government association)

10)  The Wyoming County Commissions Association (or another county government association)

11)  Tribal Government or Tribal Government Association

Duties

The Public Safety Communication’s Commission provides policy-level direction related to planning, designing, and implementing best practices and standard approaches to address Wyoming’s public safety communications interoperability issues. 

The Commission’s structure is designed to foster collaboration among stakeholders at the local and state level.  They recommend strategies for improving Wyoming’s wireless interoperability, determine WyoLink network standards, identify short-term and long-term technological and policy solutions that tie existing infrastructure together into an interoperable system, and develop recommendations for legislation or other state action which may be required to further promote wireless interoperability in Wyoming.  Further, the Communications Commission receives applications from potential new users that want to connect to the WyoLink network.   

Contact

Katie Pfister
Commission Secretary
5300 Bishop Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY  82009
(307) 777-4015