Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Funding Scarce for Next-Generation 911

The future of next-generation, IP-enabled E911 is hampered by a lack of funding and momentum from both the public and private sectors, according to panel on the subject at the WCAI’s International Symposium last week covered by Wireless Week. David Furth of the FCC emphasized the importance of extending connectivity to unserved and underserved rural areas. “There are two regulatory issues that we’re going to be looking at. The first is to get basic connectivity out to the country because it affects 911 centers and first responders as much as it affects everyone else,” Furth said, adding that the FCC is examining how to configure rural broadband to that it will support the features needed for next-generation 911, both on the consumer side and the public safety side. Details.

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