TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: PSAPs Sound E911 Call For Help

PSAPs Sound E911 Call For Help

Lisa Minter (
Mon, 20 Dec 2004 12:15:47 -0500

PSAPs Sound E911 Call For Help

Emergency responders in rural areas still are struggling for more
money to handle advancing VoIP-based communications as they continue
to work through lingering wireless E911 Phase II location-based
services issues.

For the time being, public safety answering points (PSAPs) will get
some relief. After it looked as though PSAPs would get left out in the
cold this year, senators stepped up to the plate at the last minute
and approved a bill to create a centralized national E911 coordinating
office run jointly by the U.S. Commerce Department and the Department
of Transportation. It also will authorize $250 million in matching
grants for states, local governments and tribal organizations to
improve their 911 communications systems, hire and train more
personnel, as well as purchase equipment.

And for those states that divert E911 surcharge fees, the initiative
makes them ineligible for the matching grants; a bi-annual report to
Congress on E911 progress will identify those states.

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