URISA/NENA Addressing Conference

URISA/NENA Addressing Conference

NENA, NASNA, 9IA Oppose 9-1-1 Fund Raids

Posted: Tue, 07/07/2009 – 08:33
Policy Statement of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA) and 9-1-1 Industry Alliance (9IA) Opposing State Raiding of 9-1-1 Funds July 7, 2009
Thousands of lives are saved every day thanks to America’s 9-1-1 system. Decades of government leadership and steady technological progress have given citizens a reliable 9-1-1 system they can trust. In return, citizens trust their state and local governments to responsibly manage the funds collected to pay for 9-1-1 systems.  Unfortunately, some state and local governments have seen 9-1-1 revenues ­– funds raised through fees assessed on telecommunications bills specifically for 9-1-1 – as a revenue source available to be diverted from 9-1-1 and emergency service delivery for use in other programs, to balance budgets, and/or to provide budget flexibility to fund other non-9-1-1 budget priorities. Commercial telecommunications companies are held to “truth-in-billing” requirements to properly disclose the purposes of fees assessed on their customers. Unfortunately, some state and local governments do not have to meet similar “truth-in-billing” requirements on their 9-1-1 fund expenditures, and increasingly some state governments are being less than honest with their constituents about the purposes of the 9-1-1 fees they impose.

Download a PDF of the full statement


Posted: Mon, 07/06/2009 – 14:50

“NENA is pleased with the Senate’s unanimous confirmation of Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Robert M. McDowell for his re-appointment as FCC Commissioner, as well as Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce (DOC),” said Craig Whittington, ENP, NENA President.

In his DOC role, Strickling will serve as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

“These appointees bring a wealth of government and private sector experience to their positions,” Craig Whittington added. “NENA looks forward to working with these leaders to improve our nation’s important emergency communications capabilities.”

ANSI Approves NENA/APCO Standard for TERT Deployment

Posted: Mon, 06/15/2009 – 10:55

Today, NENA and APCO announced the approval of the American National Standard (ANS) to assist public safety answering points (PSAPs) and governing 9-1-1 authorities with the information required for developing, training, equipping and deploying a Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) team. The Standard for TERT Deployment, APCO/NENA ANS 1.105.1-2009, was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on May 29.

NG9-1-1 Integration Demonstrations

Posted: Tue, 06/16/2009 – 13:46

NENA Provides NG9-1-1(?) Related Vendor Integration Demonstrations

At its 2009 Annual Conference in Ft Worth, the National Emergency Number Association hosted an NG9-1-1 Showcase in which four vendors successfully integrated their NG9-1-1 oriented products with components of a prototype NG9-1-1 core system for the first time. Certain components of the system were replaced with vendor products for each demo. These demonstrations clearly indicated the growing capability of multiple vendors to interoperate among themselves and meet the future needs of Public Safety to support Next Generation 9-1-1(?) services.

Enhance 911 Act Rules

Posted: Fri, 06/12/2009 – 11:22

National 9-1-1 Office Announces Final Rules for ENHANCE 911 Act Grant Program

The joint NHTSA/NTIA National E9-1-1 Implementation and Coordination Office (ICO) has published final rules for a $43.5 million grant program authorized by the ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004. The Notice announces the availability of funds for the acquisition and deployment of hardware and software that cover the implementation and operation of Phase II E9-1-1 services and to enable the migration to an IP-enabled emergency network, and training for the use of such hardware and software. Applications from states must be submitted by August 4, 2009 with grant funds to be awarded no later than September 30, 2009.