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FCC Issues Report to Congress on the Legal & Regulatory Framework for NG9-1-1 Services

Thursday, February 28, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Nussman
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On 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.

At 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

Rep. 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.

"Forty-five 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.”

Rep. 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 Caucus).