Rosenworcel Advocates Funding NG 9-1-1 with Auction Revenue
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Comments

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said money generated by FCC auctions should be used to upgrade to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) systems nationwide.

During a speech at an NG911 Institute awards event, the commissioner noted the pending legislation in the Senate that includes funding for NG 9-1-1. Cost estimates range from $9 to $12 billion to deploy NG 9-1-1.

“It would be a shame if the FCC simply auctioned these valuable public airwaves without first ensuring a cut for public safety,” Rosenworcel said. “Because with the next spectrum auction, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help fund next-generation 9-1-1 nationwide — and I think we shouldn’t squander it.”

She also noted legislation in both branches of Congress that would change the classification of 9-1-1 operators at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from clerical workers to first responders.

The full speech is here.

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