The Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus has been instrumental in the passage of major legislation to advance 911 services nationwide. They are considered one of the most active and successful caucuses on Capitol Hill. The leadership and dedication of the Members of the Caucus to the 911 community is clearly demonstrated by their legislative accomplishments.
*Pending* Federal 911 Legislation
Latest Actions:11/02/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Aims to accelerate federal efforts to modernize the nation’s 9-1-1 systems. Key measures of the bill include updating the responsibilities of, and authorizing funding for, the National 911 Office while also extending the authority, and authorizing new federal funds, for the 911 Office to award NG911 grants.
See a detailed section-by-section analysis of the bill here.
Federal 911 Legislation
The bill directs the FCC to (1) complete a proceeding within 18 months to consider adopting rules to ensure that the dispatchable location is conveyed with all 911 calls, regardless of technology platform and including 911 calls placed from multiline telephone systems; and (2) conduct a study on the public safety benefits, technical feasibility, and cost of making telecommunications service provider-owned Wi-Fi access points and other unlicensed technologies available to the public for direct access to 911 services during times of emergency when mobile service is unavailable.
The bill requires that multi-line telephone systems permit users to directly dial 911 without having to first dial 9 or any other code. The bill also would require that installers of those systems configure them to provide notification to a central location at the facility when 911 is dialed.
S. Res 476 established April 2018 as National 9-1-1 Education Month and urges Government officials, parents, teachers, school administrators, caregivers, businesses, non-profit organizations, and the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies, training events and activities.
Provides $115m for Next Generation 9-1-1 and begins a multi-year process of building a public safety broadband network that must interconnect with NG9-1-1 Systems. Additionally the law requires studies examining current 9-1-1 fees and the costs associated with Next Generation 9-1-1 – valuable information that will allow Congress to address NG9-1-1 system development, deployment, and maintenance funding issues.
An act to promote and enhance public safety by facilitating the rapid deployment of IP-enabled 9-1-1 and E9-1-1 services, encourage the Nation's transition to a national IP-enabled emergency network, and improve 9-1-1 and E9-1-1 access to those with disabilities.
Made $43.5 million available for 9-1-1 center grants and made clear that funds provided through the State Homeland Security Grant Program can be utilized for "supporting Public Safety Answering Points."
Established a National 9-1-1 Office charged with coordinating the implementation of 9-1-1 service at the Federal, State and local levels and administered a Federal 9-1-1 grant program; includes language to ensure funds collected on telecommunications bills for enhancing emergency 9-1-1 services are only used for the support of 9-1-1.
An Act to promote and enhance public safety through use of 9-1-1 as the universal emergency assistance number, further deployment of wireless 9-1-1 service, support of States in upgrading 9-1-1 capabilities and related functions, encouragement of construction and operation of seamless, ubiquitous, and reliable networks for personal wireless services, and for other purposes.