United States House of Representatives Passes HR. 2898
The E9-1-1 Implementation Act of 2003

Today, under a unanimous vote, the United States House of
Representatives passed the The E9-1-1 Implementation Act of 2003.

In a brief but passionate debate, HR. 2898 received strong praise and bi-partisan support on the House floor from the authors, co-sponsors and chairs of the Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus, Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL), and Anna Eshoo (D-CA).

Providing additional support in the debate were the respective chairs of the House Commerce Committee and the Subcommittee on
Telecommunications and the Internet; Reps. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and
Fred Upton (R-MI).

As the leading advocate of 9-1-1 issues, NENA praised the Members of
Congress for their outstanding efforts in approving a measure that
promises to improve the capabilities of the 9-1-1 system.

Specifically the legislation;

Authorizes $100 million in grants over five years to upgrade enhanced 9-1-1 service;

Establishes a federal E9-1-1 Coordination Office to improve
coordination among federal, state and local public safety officials;

Penalizes states for redirecting E-911 funds collected from
consumer's cell phone bills;

Directs the FCC to study E-911 implementation in rural areas of our
country.

By passing the House of Representatives, the bill now awaits Senate
approval, of which E9-1-1 Caucus leaders, Senators Conrad Burns and
Hillary Clinton will lead companion legislation in the United States
Senate.
Posted courtesy:
Stephen Seitz
Director, Government Affairs
National Emergency Number Association