On February 22, 2012, Congress enacted the
Next Generation 9-1-1 Advancement Act of 2012 as part of the Middle Class Tax
Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.
Section 6509 of the Act directs the Commission to issue a report, within
one year of enactment, containing recommendations for the legal and statutory
framework for Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) services. Specifically, section 6509 states:
SEC. 6509. COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
LEGAL AND STATUTORY
FRAMEWORK FOR NEXT GENERATION 9–1–1 SERVICES.
Not later than 1 year
after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commission, in coordination
with the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Administrator of the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Office, shall prepare and submit
a report to Congress that contains recommendations for the legal and statutory
framework for Next Generation 9–1–1 services, consistent with recommendations
in the National Broadband Plan developed by the Commission pursuant to the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including the following:
(1) A legal and
regulatory framework for the development of Next Generation 9–1–1 services and
the transition from legacy 9–1–1 to Next Generation 9–1–1 networks.
(2) Legal mechanisms
to ensure efficient and accurate transmission of 9–1–1 caller information to
emergency response agencies.
for removing jurisdictional barriers and inconsistent legacy regulations
(A) proposals that
would require States to remove regulatory roadblocks to Next Generation 9–1–1
services development, while recognizing existing State authority over 9–1–1
outdated 9–1–1 regulations at the Federal level; and
inconsistent State regulations.
To assist the Commission in developing the
recommendations to Congress that will be included in the report, the Public
Safety and Homeland Security Bureau seeks comment on the issues discussed
in this Public Notice.