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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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2013 BROADBAND ENACTMENTS

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. 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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