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Commerce Dept Wants Public Feedback on Proposed Regulations for 911 Grant Program

The Commerce Department seeks public input on the proposed implementing rules of a grant program that would fund state and local governments’ 911 call center modernization efforts.

The department said Thursday the 911 Grant Program will issue up to $110 million in funds to help states and local jurisdictions adopt internet protocol-based emergency services and next-generation 911 technologies.

NG911 platforms are designed to provide real-time caller location and emergency information; support coordination between public service answering points; re-route calls based on location and PSAP congestion; and connect emergency responders to health and government services during emergencies.

The grant program is jointly facilitated by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Transportation Department‘s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The public may submit feedback on the proposed regulations through Nov. 6.

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