On March 29, NENA Government Affairs Director Trey Forgety testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in the "Realizing Nationwide Next-Generation 911" hearing. NENA's comments stated that:
1. Local 9-1-1 centers must transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 at the same time that consumer wireline and wireless networks transition to IP-based service, and at the same time as FirstNet enables IP-based service for field responders.
2. Existing funding at the state and local levels covers maintenance and operations of legacy systems, and legacy voice-centric 9-1-1 service, with little room to enable the technical transition.
3. Delaying the NG9-1-1 transition will cause state and local costs to explode as legacy infrastructure maintenance overtakes the cost of providing basic services to the public.
4. Congress should accelerate NG9-1-1 deployment by making a one-time investment in the capital infrastructure and transition costs of NG9-1-1 systems at the state and local levels.
Click here to read the full testimony and here to watch the on-demand replay of the hearing.