FCC Issues Report to Congress on the Legal & Regulatory Framework for NG9-1-1 Services
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Posted by: Chris Nussman
behalf of more than 6,000 9-1-1 call centers across America and our members who
lead and staff them, NENA is pleased that the FCC’s Report to Congress on Next
Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) adopts many of NENA’s recommendations. The
commission's report was required by the Next Generation 9-1-1 Improvement Act
of 2012, which was enacted as part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job
Creation Act of 2012.
- We are pleased to see an
incentive-based model proposed for nearly every one of the FCC’s proposals
to Congress. We believe this will
drive better results faster than a more prescriptive approach.
- We are pleased to see strong
recommendations with respect to the need to provide a national regulatory
backstop; ensure that location determination obligations are clearly
spelled out in law; and provide critical NG9-1-1 infrastructure components
at the federal level.
- A key challenge for Congress
will be to level the playing field for 9-1-1 in federal grant funding
programs, so that the necessary incentives can be meaningful. At
present, 9-1-1 improvements are not included in the allowable costs for
most federal public safety grant programs. Congress can fix this disparity
without appropriating a single new dollar, and it should.
NENA’s upcoming 9-1-1 Goes to Washington, March 17-20, our
grassroots members will be visiting Members of Congress and stressing the
importance of further federal action to speed the nationwide development of a
more powerful, IP-based 9-1-1 system.
Click here to read the report.
NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chair Eshoo Statement on NG9-1-1 Report
Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), Ranking Member of the Communications and
Technology Subcommittee, issued the following statement today after the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) released a report detailing recommendations for
Congress on how to promote and advance Next Generation 9-1-1 in America. The
report is required under the Next Generation 9-1-1 Advancement Act of 2012,
which was signed into law last year as part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and
Job Creation Act of 2012.
years after the first 9-1-1 call was made, the FCC’s report to Congress offers
a detailed roadmap on how best to advance and deploy Next Generation 9-1-1
technology across America,” Rep. Eshoo said. "By providing our nation’s call
centers with the ability to receive emergency-related text messages, photos and
video, Next Generation 9-1-1 will improve the quality and speed of emergency
response and save lives. I will carefully consider the recommendations of the
FCC’s report as I continue my work with the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
to accelerate the deployment of next-generation public safety communications.”
Eshoo successfully worked last Congress to include in the Middle Class Tax
Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 her bill with Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.),
the Next Generation 9-1-1 Advancement Act of 2011. The law authorizes
$115 million for Next Generation 9-1-1 implementation grants to state and local
governments and establishes a framework to support the transition to Next
Generation 9-1-1 services. Rep. Eshoo is a Co-Chair and founder of the
bipartisan, bicameral NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus (formerly the Congressional E-911