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Public safety coalition urges Congress to fund next-generation 911

January 25, 2024

This week, a coalition of nine national organizations sent a letter to Congress, urging federal legislators to pass a bill that would allow states to deploy next-generation 911, an internet-based system that experts say is a much-needed replacement to the aging, telephone-based emergency communications infrastructure that’s been used across the U.S. for decades.

If passed, HR 3565, known as the Spectrum Auction Reauthorization Act, which the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved in 2023, would provide $14.8 billion in federal funding to assist state and local governments to upgrade their 911 emergency systems.

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