US House Of Representatives Business Committee Discussed The Infrastructure Bill Including The Next-generation 911 System, But Donald Trump Stopped Negotiating.

- May 30, 2019-


On May 29, 2019 (Wednesday), members of the US House of Representatives Business Committee discussed a $85 billion infrastructure bill, including $12 billion for next-generation 911 emergency communications system deployment, but US President Donald Trump was in a separate The negotiations with the Democrats ceased in the meeting and the hopes for the proposal were hit.

Launched last week - "Tomorrow's US Leading Infrastructure Act" or the LIFT US Act - sponsored by 31 Democrats from the House Business Council. The proposal includes $33 billion for clean energy projects, $40 billion for broadband connectivity for 98% of the US population, and $12 billion for next-generation 911 deployments. Frank Pallone, chairman of the US House Business Committee, said that although no Republicans were listed as a joint proposal for legislation, members of the committee said Congress must strongly support Congress to fund "rebuilding and modernizing the infrastructure of our country's collapse." . Pallone said this includes the country's "fragile 911 infrastructure." Based on the proposed $12 billion for the next generation of 911, US states and territories will work with local entities to ensure that the Emergency Communications Center, formerly known as the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), has migrated from the past 911 system to the IP-based protocol. A generation of 911 systems.

Former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn confirmed that most 911 centers can only answer voice calls, but the next generation of 911 will allow people to communicate emergencyly with the 911 Center through a variety of technologies. "There are too many public safety centers that can't receive text - you have to call," Clyburn said at the hearing. “There is no solution to this problem and maintain a 50-year-old framework. This is what we are doing now, not moving forward. It does not actually allow individuals to communicate in the way they want. It does not allow interoperability. Sex does not allow us to be as safe as we need... "You should not use the media - video, still photos, voice or text - the 911 system should not be taken. These are the gaps between today and tomorrow. We cannot continue to rely on an old system that is not interoperable, so that the first responders are doing the work of the farmer. The next generation 911 system works well. We need the next generation of 911. This legislative proposal is responsible for this. “Last year, a cost study estimated that nationwide deployment of the next generation of 911 would cost between $9.5 billion and $12.7 billion in 10 years, so the $12 billion in legislation is expected to be at the higher end of the range. There are no federal funding, many Industry analysts question whether the next generation of 911 can become a reality in certain parts of the United States, especially in rural areas of the West, where they are unable to access large amounts of money through local taxes.

Rep. Anna Esho said that she and Rep. John Himkus, a member of the next-generation 911 core group, have "like white rice" on the next generation of 911 issues and expressed support for infrastructure proposals. Shimkus also expressed support for this concept, but was cautious about the need to find payment mechanisms to fund these initiatives. Shimkus said at the hearing: "The only thing that stops me... This legislation is authorization." "The problem is misappropriation." Although Shimkus seems to be discussing all the measures of the bill, this situation There is a remarkable history on the 911 stage. More than a decade ago, Congress passed a bill that approved the largest federal funding for the 911 upgrade approved in history, but did not fund state or local 911 work. Both Democrats and Republicans are concerned about the accuracy of existing government maps depicting broadband access. Members say they need better information, so any federal funds can point to where they are needed. Members of both aisles mentioned the need to expand broadband access and require clean energy and safe drinking water. But when members of the committee learned that negotiations between President Donald Trump and the Democratic Party had ceased, these consensus points had been eclipsed. After leaving the meeting, Trump told the Democratic Party that as long as they continue to investigate, they will not continue to negotiate with the Democratic Party on the Infrastructure Act.

Despite setbacks, Pallone still believes that infrastructure legislation may become law. "I know that this meeting happened today when the president went out, but I hope he will reconsider," Pallone said at the end of the hearing. "I hope we can continue to hold more meetings in the White House because this is an important bill. "I think the infrastructure bill can be completed on a bipartisan basis, so I am still optimistic. ”