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Telecommunications Technology and Regulation

Telecommunications, Technology and Regulation

9-1-1: THE NEXT GENERATION

911 callStudents under gunfire at Virginia Tech sent frantic text messages to 9-1-1, but they were never received. The tragedy underscored the need to modernize the 9-1-1 system to support new communication tools, including texts, photos, videos and high-speed Internet. This article explains why this complex and costly upgrade is needed.

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BLUE RIBBON PANEL ON 911 FUNDING

In April 2014, the National 911 Program released the “Blue Ribbon Panel on 911 Funding: A Report to the National 911 Program." The report addresses the future of 911 funding options, bringing input from experts in finance, economics, critical infrastructure and public safety funding. The report is a result of recommendations by the FCC’s advisory group; the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC); and the Blue Ribbon Panel composed of 911 stakeholders and other professionals. 

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OUTSMARTING THE OUTLAWS

cell phoneAs cell phone thefts soar, lawmakers look for ways to protect consumers and thwart the thieves. Lawmakers introduced or debated bills this year to require the use of kill switch or other software that allows the smartphone to be made inoperable after it is reported stolen. 

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9-1-1 DATABASE

Search keyAs of August 2014, at least 16 states had introduced legislation related to 911 fees and funding, 11 of which related to prepaid wireless surcharges for 911 services. Also, at least 15 states introduced legislation providing immunity for persons who report in good faith to 911 an emergency drug or alcohol overdose. Seven of those states enacted emergency drug or alcohol overdose immunity legislation.Continue

 

OVERVIEW | TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND REGULATION

Telecommunications technologies and the rapid changes they bring have created significant policy challenges for state lawmakers.  NCSL tracks broadband issues, 911, enhanced 911, NG911, consumer issues, wireless communications and other telecommunications issues. 

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