Draft Environmental Assessment: Shuqualak Wireless Communications Tower: Shuqualak, Kemper County, Mississippi [open pdf - 3MB]
"The State of Mississippi created the Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission (MWCC) by statute in 2005 to oversee the construction and operation of the Mississippi Wireless Integrated Network (MSWIN) project. MSWIN is wireless voice and data capable infrastructure, providing all users with a public-safety grade, statewide, interoperable, seamless roaming radio system. This 700 MHZ Public Safety System is intended to provide highly reliable, fast access, private (within groups and individuals) communications to a wide variety of government and first-responder users within the State of Mississippi. MSWIN is funded largely by federal funds administered through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA]. This project is being funded using a FEMA grant (2008-MS-MX-0001) and the State of Mississippi's expenditures at this site would include construction of a telecommunications facility, purchase and installation of 700 MHz RF equipment and microwave telecommunication backbone network, equipment shelter, network integration, acceptance testing, communication hardware optimization and system exercising and piloting of interoperability capabilities of the network. As part of the MSWIN network, this tower would support a myriad of equipment that would provide emergency response communications for the population within approximately fifteen miles surrounding this proposed site."
FEMA 2008-MS-MX-0001, MSWIN 20617
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/