Government Awards $109M in 9-1-1 Grants to 34 States, 2 Tribal Nations
Friday, August 09, 2019 | Comments

The U.S. departments of Commerce and Transportation announced more than $109 million in grants to 34 states and two tribal nations as part of the 9-1-1 Grant Program, which aims to help 9-1-1 call centers upgrade to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) capabilities.

The funding will power basic improvements such as providing digital and IP network capabilities to emergency call centers and will assist implementation of advanced mapping systems that will make it easier to identify a 9-1-1 caller’s location. NG 9-1-1 will help 9-1-1 call centers manage call overload, as call-takers will be able to transfer calls, messages and data between public safety answering points (PSAPs) that are interconnected to the IP network.

The grant program also provides funding for training costs directly related to NG 9-1-1 implementation.

“Advances in public-safety technology will allow critical information to flow seamlessly from the public, through the 9-1-1 networks and on to first responders,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These 9-1-1 grant awards are a significant step toward a faster, more resilient emergency system.”

Grants were available to states, territories, tribal nations and the District of Columbia, provided that they submitted a state 9-1-1 plan and project budget, designated a 9-1-1 coordinator, and certified that they did not use funds designated for 9-1-1 systems for other purposes in the past 180 days.

Five states known for diverting 9-1-1 fees to other purposes — New Jersey, West Virginia, New Mexico, Rhode Island and New York — were missing from the last of awardees. In addition to states, the Prairie Band Potawatomi and Citizen Potawatomi nations also received funding from the program.

“These grants will boost public safety through 9-1-1 systems enhanced with new capabilities such as text message, image and video processing, advanced mapping and other improvements,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The program is jointly administered by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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On 8/12/19, Michael Striffolino said:
Does this award to these states also include the military installations within these states?

There are installations still dialing seven-digit numbers, and they also can use the upgrade. Personnel who live on the installation and subscribe to a telecom pay that 9-1-1 fee and should be entitled to the upgraded service.
V R Mike

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