NTIA, NHTSA Release Rules for $110M in NG 9-1-1 Grants
Friday, August 03, 2018 | Comments

The U.S. departments of Commerce and Transportation announced final rules for a grant program that will offer up to $110 million to help states, territories, tribal organizations and the District of Columbia upgrade their 9-1-1 call centers to next-generation (NG 9-1-1) capabilities.

“Today’s announcement means we are a step closer to bringing the benefits of the latest technology to 9-1-1 call centers around the country,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “In an emergency, the public-safety community must have every tool at its disposal to keep Americans safe.”

The program, which is jointly administered by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), will take an important step toward modernizing 9-1-1 services for IP-based, broadband-enabled technologies to coordinate emergency responses.

“In emergencies, quick access to the right resources can save lives,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao. “The 911 Grant Program will make it possible for states and local jurisdictions to improve their emergency technology while providing the support first responders need to do their jobs.”

In 2009, the NTIA and NHTSA oversaw more than $40 million in grants through the ENHANCE 911 (E911) grant program. The Next Generation 911 Advancement Act of 2012 provided new funds for the program and broadened the eligible uses of those funds. These new uses include adoption and operation of NG 9-1-1 services and applications; the implementation of IP-enabled emergency services and applications enabled by NG 9-1-1 services; the establishment of IP backbone networks; and training of public-safety personnel in 9-1-1 services.

The final rules are here. Information on how to apply for grants will be released in a forthcoming notice of funding opportunity.

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