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NG911 Funding: Will It Ever Happen?

Brian Fontes  (CEO, National Emergency Number Association (NENA))

Budge Currier  (911 Branch Manager, Public Safety Communications, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Service)

George Keleman  (Executive Director, iCERT - Industry Council for Emergency Response Technology, Inc.)

Charles Dowd  (Asst. Chief (Ret.), New York City Police Department)

Location: N261

Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access, Standard, Quick Pass Wednesday

Track: 911 and Dispatch, Policy and Governance

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Funding for 911 traditionally has come from the state and local levels, but a one-time infusion of federal funds to help pay for the migration of 911 centers from legacy systems to IP-based next-generation 911 (NG911) technology has been discussed for the past several years, although nothing has been approved to date.

But there have been some encouraging signs, including the U.S. House passing legislation that would allocate $10 billion to NG911 deployments, if a future spectrum auction generates enough revenue. Will such a measure be enacted in 2022, or will the notion have to be reintroduced in the next Congress.

Hear from some of the key players in the effort to secure federal NG911 funding, as they discuss some of the challenges associated with getting such a bill approved. These speakers also will address some of the key components they hope are included in NG911 legislation, including the amount of money needed, the timing of its availability and how a proposed grant program should be administered.