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U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Amy Klobuchar released a draft bill, the "Next Generation 9-1-1 Act of 2017," to further deployment of next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) services and enhance and upgrade the nation's 9-1-1 systems.
Nelson is the ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Klobuchar is a co-chair of the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International said the draft bill addresses critical needs for the 9-1-1 community and aligns with priorities APCO has long advocated for to accomplish a full transition to NG 9-1-1. Provisions recognize the need for standards and resources to support public-safety answering points (PSAPs). The draft also recognizes the need to reserve governance and control to states and localities, and the imperative of cybersecurity.
“9-1-1 professionals deserve the benefits of accredited, consensus-based standards to ensure services and equipment match the level of innovation and cost efficiencies enjoyed in the consumer marketplace … “ said APCO in a statement.
"The text of this bill closely tracks NENA's recommendations for an NG 9-1-1 legal framework, first filed with the FCC almost five years ago, and we're grateful to Sens. Nelson and Klobuchar for listening to the voice of our members," said the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
The working draft legislation is here.
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