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Telecommunications Technology and Regulation

Telecommunications, Technology and Regulation

NEXT GENERATION 911

911 callThe 911 emergency system has been a staple for dispatching law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services for decades. The legacy 911 system is becoming increasingly less effective, however, as telecommunications services evolve. This LegisBrief explores the development of Next Generation 911 systems.

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CELL PHONE THEFTS

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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2014 ENACTED KEY BROADBAND LEGISLATION

High-speed broadband is considered by many to be a fundamental vehicle for new services and applications that are critical to the nation’s economic vitality. State legislative involvement has been an important factor for successful implementation of a variety of broadband projects.

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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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