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House Communications Subcommittee Announces March 29, 2017 NG9-1-1 Hearing
The House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), today announced a hearing for Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Realizing Nationwide Next-Generation 9-1-1.”
The voice, text, video, and data capabilities of today’s smartphones have redefined the way we communicate and live our lives. Our nation’s first responders will soon have the robust broadband communications capabilities of FirstNet. But the nation’s 9-1-1 network – which ties the public to our first responders – may not be keeping pace with these technologies. On Wednesday, the Subcommittee will examine where the nation currently stands in modernizing 9-1-1 services with these next generation technologies and avenues to move this critical component to public safety forward.
“It’s imperative our 9-1-1 systems take advantage of 21st century smartphones and networks,” said Chairman Blackburn. “Next week’s hearing will provide our members an opportunity to look at things that are working, things that may not be working, and what we can do to ensure that Americans have the benefits of 21st century technology when they need it most.”
- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, 3/22/17)