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NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
NENA Federal Gov't affairs update
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  • -Current roster listing all Caucus Members is available as a link on the Government Affairs section of the NENA web site. -Also available is a sample letter for NENA members to use to invite their Senators and Member of Congress to join the Caucus.
  • -Current roster listing all Caucus Members is available as a link on the Government Affairs section of the NENA web site. -Also available is a sample letter for NENA members to use to invite their Senators and Member of Congress to join the Caucus.
  • -Current roster listing all Caucus Members is available as a link on the Government Affairs section of the NENA web site. -Also available is a sample letter for NENA members to use to invite their Senators and Member of Congress to join the Caucus.
  • - Summary : (1) Provide federal funding for PSAPs as authorized by the ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004 which authorized up to $250 million per year for grants to PSAPs to become wireless Phase II capable (2) Reauthorize the ENHANCE 911 Act which is set to expire in 2009. (3) Amend the eligible use of funds for ENHANCE 911 Act grants so grant funds can be used for Phase II wireless upgrades and the use of IP- based technologies to enable NG9-1-1.
  • Summary : (1) Pass legislation to assist in the deployment of E9-1-1 for VoIP, including liability protection for PSAPs and VoIP providers consistent with current liability protections for wireline and wireless; as well as confirming state authority to impose 9-1-1 fees on IP-based services (2) Pass legislation/regulations to ensure the deaf and hard of hearing have efficient access to 9-1-1 over the existing E9-1-1 infrastructure where technologically feasible. (3) Advance Multi-line telephone system (MLTS) E9-1-1 solutions and federal requirements
  • Summary : (1) Encourage National 9-1-1 Implementation and Coordination Office (ICO) established by ENHANCE 911 Act to report to Congress on needed legislative activities to make NG9-1-1 a reality (2) Encourage public education on 9-1-1 issues at the national level
  • Summary : (1) In general, make 9-1-1 a homeland security priority within Congress and the Administration (2) Broadly define “interoperability” to include all aspects of emergency communications, including 9-1-1 service (don’t just limit interoperability to voice radio communications), and require an inclusive planning process at the state/local level for interoperability and emergency communications that includes all aspects of emergency response
  • Summary : (1) After a 180 day rulemaking to determine grant eligibility criteria (which NENA will have a say on) $43.5 million will be available for PSAP grants to upgrade to Phase II wireless -50% federal match (2) Bill makes it clear that State Homeland Security Grant Program and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant program funds can be used “in support of PSAPs”
  • Status: - S 428 was adopted by the Senate Commerce Committee in April and awaits action by the full Senate. - HR 3403 was introduced in July and still awaits a hearing and mark-up by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. A timeline for next steps is unclear at this point. The two bills are similar in structure and effect, but there are some differences that will eventually need to be reconciled in conference.
  • Status: - S 428 was adopted by the Senate Commerce Committee in April and awaits action by the full Senate. - HR 3403 was introduced in July and still awaits a hearing and mark-up by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. A timeline for next steps is unclear at this point. The two bills are similar in structure and effect, but there are some differences that will eventually need to be reconciled in conference.
  • Status : - Commerce Appropriations : -Senate bill contains no funding -House bill contains $5 million which was added in a floor amendment offered by Reps. Eshoo and Shimkus -E9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chairs working to ensure the funding in the House bill remains in the final Commerce Appropriations bill that emerges from conference - Transportation Appropriations : -Senate bill contains $2 million for NHTSA participation in the National 9-1-1 Implementation and Coordination Office (ICO) -House bill contains no funding -E9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chairs will try to ensure the funding in the Senate bill remains in the final Transportation Appropriations bill that emerges from conference **Some concern that Congress will (1) adopt one large omnibus spending bill where all spending bills get rolled into one giant spending bill which could affect our prospects or (2) that some FY 2008 spending bills will not be adopted and Congress will adopt a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep Transportation and Commerce budgets at their FY 2007 levels which includes $0 for ENHANCE 911 Act grants.
  • Status : - Commerce Appropriations : -Senate bill contains no funding -House bill contains $5 million which was added in a floor amendment offered by Reps. Eshoo and Shimkus -E9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chairs working to ensure the funding in the House bill remains in the final Commerce Appropriations bill that emerges from conference - Transportation Appropriations : -Senate bill contains $2 million for NHTSA participation in the National 9-1-1 Implementation and Coordination Office (ICO) -House bill contains no funding -E9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chairs will try to ensure the funding in the Senate bill remains in the final Transportation Appropriations bill that emerges from conference **Some concern that Congress will (1) adopt one large omnibus spending bill where all spending bills get rolled into one giant spending bill which could affect our prospects or (2) that some FY 2008 spending bills will not be adopted and Congress will adopt a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep Transportation and Commerce budgets at their FY 2007 levels which includes $0 for ENHANCE 911 Act grants.
  • Status : -Currently have 17 co-sponsors. We need 50 co-sponsors before the House will consider the resolution. Need support for more co-sponsors.
  • EA: Economic Area – smaller than a state but larger than an MSA/RSA MSA: Metropolitan Statistical Area RSA: Rural Service Area -both smaller than an EA but larger than a PSAP The goal of the Order is to measure the Commission’s accuracy requirements on a progressively smaller geographic level until the PSAP level is met.
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    1. National Emergency Number Association <ul><li>Government Affairs Update </li></ul><ul><li>(December 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Patrick Halley </li></ul><ul><li>Government Affairs Director </li></ul>
    2. Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus <ul><li>Co-Chairs: </li></ul><ul><li>Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) </li></ul><ul><li>Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) </li></ul><ul><li>Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) </li></ul><ul><li>Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) </li></ul><ul><li>Over 65 Members and Growing </li></ul>
    3. Congressional E9-1-1 Caucus <ul><li>Indiana Members: </li></ul><ul><li>Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) </li></ul><ul><li>2 Senators and 8 Members to Go! </li></ul>
    4. NENA Legislative/Regulatory Agenda <ul><li>Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Secure federal funding for PSAPs </li></ul><ul><li>Promote policies to enable implementation of E9-1-1 for all technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Promote policies to enable NG9-1-1 </li></ul><ul><li>Promote national 9-1-1 education </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure national homeland security and interoperability policies include 9-1-1 </li></ul>
    5. NENA Legislative Agenda <ul><li>Federal Funding for 9-1-1 </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate full funding for ENHANCE 911 Act grants in FY2008 and provide separate funding for the national 9-1-1 ICO to NHTSA and NTIA in the FY2008 Transportation and Commerce budgets; </li></ul><ul><li>2. Provide NTIA with advanced borrowing authority for $43.5 million designated in the Budget Reconciliation Act of 2006 to make those funds immediately available for ENHANCE 911 Act grants; </li></ul><ul><li>3. Extend the authorization of the ENHANCE 911 Act to 2014; </li></ul><ul><li>4. Amend the ENHANCE 911 Act to broaden eligible use of funds to allow grants to fund wireless E9-1-1 as well as the use of IP-based solutions that enable access to 9-1-1 from all technologies, including wireless, and that improve information sharing between PSAPs and other emergency response entities to assist the public. </li></ul>
    6. NENA Legislative Agenda <ul><li>Deployment of E9-1-1 for All Technologies, Promotion of NG9-1-1 and Education </li></ul><ul><li>Advance VoIP E9-1-1 deployment by confirming VoIP E9-1-1 requirements in accordance with FCC rules, providing liability protection for VoIP services, and confirming state authority to impose 9-1-1 fees on IP-enabled communications services; </li></ul><ul><li>2. Work with consumers, public safety and industry to advance solutions that provide efficient access to 9-1-1 for all communications methods, particularly those currently used by the deaf and hard of hearing; </li></ul><ul><li>3. Work with public safety, industry and the federal government (including the FCC and the ICO) to advance MLTS E9-1-1 solutions and regulations where necessary; </li></ul><ul><li>4. Lead by example and ensure that E9-1-1 is available on the phone systems used in every Congressional and federal agency office; </li></ul>
    7. NENA Legislative Agenda <ul><li>Deployment of E9-1-1 for All Technologies, Promotion of NG9-1-1 and Education </li></ul><ul><li>5. Instruct the ICO to work with the emergency response community and industry to report to Congress on specific near and long-term policy recommendations concerning the migration to an IP-based next generation 9-1-1 and emergency communications system, including needed regulation and legislation; </li></ul><ul><li>6. Examine and make consistent the relevant statutory provisions within the Communications Act and the United States Criminal Code on disclosure of customer record information during 9-1-1 emergencies; </li></ul><ul><li>7. Promote policy and adopt measures that will foster better and more comprehensive education about the proper use of 9-1-1 for children and adults of all ages. </li></ul>
    8. NENA Legislative Agenda <ul><li>9-1-1 and Homeland Security </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure that all definitions, funding considerations, planning and homeland security policy are broadly defined to include 9-1-1 and all other entities involved with emergency response; </li></ul><ul><li>2. Ensure that definitions and eligible use of funds for interoperability grants support broad voice and data emergency communications needs and require inclusive planning among all emergency response entities. </li></ul>
    9. Recently Passed Legislation Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (HR 1) <ul><li>Signed into law by the President on 8/3/2007 (PL 110-53) </li></ul><ul><li>Makes $43.5 million available for PSAP grants authorized by the ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004 after 180 day rulemaking to determine criteria to receive grants (Title XXIII) </li></ul><ul><li>Authorizes $950 million per year for fiscal years 2008-2012 for a State Homeland Security Grant Program (Title I, Sec. 2004) and makes clear that such funds can be utilized for “supporting Public Safety Answering Points” (Title I, Sec. 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Authorizes nearly $3.5 billion in Emergency Management Performance Grants which can be used for the construction of Emergency Operations Centers (Title II) </li></ul><ul><li>Establishes an Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program and authorizes $1.6 billion in grant funding for fiscal years 2009-2012 (Title III) </li></ul>
    10. Pending Legislation IP-Enabled Voice Communications & Public Safety Act of 2007 (S 428) 9-1-1 Modernization And Public Safety Act of 2007 (HR 3403) <ul><li>Requires VoIP companies to provide 9-1-1 and E9-1-1 in accordance with FCC Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Provides liability parity for PSAPs, providers and their vendors equivalent to wireless and wireline for all communications services that are required by the FCC to provide 9-1-1/E9-1-1 (today and in the future) as well as for services that voluntarily provide information to PSAPs, in the absence of an FCC requirement, with approval from the appropriate state or local 9-1-1 governing authority </li></ul><ul><li>Confirms state authority to impose and collect 9-1-1 fees from wireless and VoIP providers but requires funds to be spent on 9-1-1/E9-1-1 or enhancements of such services; requires FCC to report annually to Congress on state use of 9-1-1 funds </li></ul>
    11. Pending Legislation IP-Enabled Voice Communications & Public Safety Act of 2007 (S 428) 9-1-1 Modernization And Public Safety Act of 2007 (HR 3403) <ul><li>Requires National 9-1-1 Program Office to produce a report to Congress within 270 days on migration to NG9-1-1, with focus on needed legislative changes </li></ul><ul><li>Amends ENHANCE 9-1-1 Act to make PSAP grant funds available for Phase II wireless upgrades and also for the &quot;migration to an IP-enabled emergency network&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>Requires owners of E9-1-1 infrastructure to provide open access to VoIP providers for the completion of E9-1-1 service and authorizes FCC to delegate enforcement of this section to the states </li></ul><ul><li>Status: Passed the House 406-1 (November 13) </li></ul><ul><li>Senate Commerce Committee approved (April 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>-Awaiting action by full Senate </li></ul>
    12. Pending Legislation ENHANCE 911 Act PSAP Appropriations Requests <ul><li>Senate </li></ul><ul><li>-E9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chairs and other supporters requested $21 million in the Commerce budget and $21.5 million in the Transportation budget for PSAP grants (total request: $42.5 million in FY 2008 budget) </li></ul><ul><li>House </li></ul><ul><li>-E9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chairs and other supporters requested $21 million in the Commerce budget and $21 million in the Transportation budget </li></ul><ul><li>(total request: $42 million in FY 2008 budget) </li></ul><ul><li>9-1-1 Implementation and Coordination Office (ICO) </li></ul><ul><li>-The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) formally requested that $1.5 million be provided to NHTSA directly for the operational costs of staffing and administering the national 9-1-1 Program Office created by the ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004) </li></ul>
    13. Status of Appropriations <ul><li>Senate </li></ul><ul><li>- $1.25 million for the National 9-1-1 Implementation and Coordination Office (ICO) provided in Senate Transportation appropriations bill </li></ul><ul><li>-Conference agreed upon bill passed by House; pending Senate approval </li></ul><ul><li>House </li></ul><ul><li>-$5 million in PSAP grants in House Commerce appropriations bill </li></ul><ul><li>-In process of conferencing with Senate </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps? </li></ul><ul><li>-Pass individual spending bills? Total chaos? </li></ul><ul><li>-One huge omnibus appropriations bill? 9-1-1 funding? </li></ul><ul><li>-Year long continuing resolution (CR) at FY 2007 levels? </li></ul>
    14. Pending Legislation ENHANCE 911 Act PSAP Appropriations Requests <ul><li>Indiana Appropriators </li></ul><ul><li>-Rep. Visclosky (D) </li></ul><ul><li>-But any member can request funding for 9-1-1 </li></ul>
    15. Pending Legislation National 9-1-1 Education Month Resolution (H.Res 537) <ul><li>Intended to promote increased national 9-1-1 education and be a tool to help garner support for the efforts of those currently involved in 9-1-1 education </li></ul><ul><li>NENA, APCO, NASNA, COMCARE, the E9-1-1 Institute and CTIA – the Wireless Association have all adopted similar resolutions </li></ul>
    16. Pending/Passed Legislation Other Related Bills <ul><li>PHONE Act (HR 740) /Truth in Caller-ID Act of 2007 (HR 251/S 704) </li></ul><ul><li>-Similar bills that make it illegal to spoof caller ID unless it is for a valid law enforcement or homeland Security reason </li></ul><ul><li>- Would be illegal to spoof 9-1-1 as the callers number </li></ul><ul><li>Cell Phone Tax Moratorium (HR 436/S 166) </li></ul><ul><li>-W ould place three-year ban on new taxes on cell phone services </li></ul><ul><li>-However, bill explicitly exempts 9-1-1 fees and universal service charges </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Phone Tax Moratorium (HR 3678) </li></ul><ul><li>-Extends internet tax ban to 2014 (no impact on 9-1-1 fees) </li></ul><ul><li>-Signed into law on October 31 (PL 110-108) </li></ul>
    17. Current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Issues <ul><li>Wireless E9-1-1 location accuracy and modifications to current wireless E9-1-1 rules (Recently concluded Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)) </li></ul><ul><li> - NENA supported FCC’s tentative conclusion to require wireless </li></ul><ul><li>carriers to meet location accuracy requirements at the PSAP level </li></ul><ul><li>where technically feasible and with reasonable compliance </li></ul><ul><li>benchmarks </li></ul><ul><li>-Many other detailed issues raised by the FCC in the NPRM which </li></ul><ul><li>reexamines 9-1-1 requirements established in Docket No. 94-102 </li></ul><ul><li>Consideration of E9-1-1automatic location for interconnected VoIP providers (Open NPRM) </li></ul><ul><li>More information available at www.fcc.gov </li></ul>
    18. FCC Location Accuracy Order Adopted 9/11/2007 – Order not released as of 9/28/07 <ul><li>Requires wireless carriers to meet FCC location accuracy requirements at the PSAP service-area level no later than 9/11/2012 ( 5 years ) </li></ul><ul><li>Establishes interim benchmarks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Year one : Meet location accuracy requirements at the EA level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Year two : Progress report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Year three : Meet location accuracy requirements at the MSA/RSA level and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>certify that location accuracy requirements are being met in at least 75% of PSAPs served by the carrier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Year four : Progress report </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carriers must account for only those PSAPs in their service area that are Phase II capable </li></ul><ul><li>Text of Order released 11/20 </li></ul>
    19. FCC Location Accuracy Order Further issues to be considered <ul><li>Require a single location standard? Use of hybrid solution? Elevation? </li></ul><ul><li>Passing of uncertainty information with each call, with standardized confidence indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation to PSAPs of carrier representative performance characteristics for various topographical areas </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance and maintenance testing, including accuracy verification, to be further defined by ESIF </li></ul><ul><li>Public safety access to maintenance and compliance testing data, upon request, subject to confidentiality protections if and as required </li></ul><ul><li>Testing requirements and achievement of consensus on percentage of test calls from indoors </li></ul><ul><li>* Note : Issues raised in NENA FCC filing of 9/18/2007 </li></ul>
    20. Current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Issues <ul><li>Establishment of a national wireless interoperable public safety broadband network in the 700 MHz band </li></ul><ul><li> -NENA named as a voting member of 15 member Board of Directors </li></ul><ul><li>of the Public Safety Broadband Licensee (PSBL) </li></ul><ul><li>9-1-1/E9-1-1 requirements for Video Relay Services (VRS), IP-Relay Services and Telecommunications relay Services (TRS) used by the deaf and hard of hearing </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations of a Hurricane Katrina Independent panel to strengthen 9-1-1 and emergency communications resiliency and redundancy </li></ul><ul><li>Reforms to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) </li></ul><ul><li>More information available at www.fcc.gov </li></ul>
    21. Other Issues <ul><li>Pre-paid wireless 9-1-1 fees </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Initialized phones </li></ul><ul><li>9-1-1 requirements for Skype and similar services? </li></ul>
    22. 2008 9-1-1 Goes to Washington Presented Jointly by NENA and the E9-1-1 Institute <ul><li>March 3-5, 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hilton, Crystal City, VA (Reagan National Airport) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-Conference Courses (March 3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grant Management for PSAPs; Government Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Seminar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chapter Leadership Forum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FCC and Congressional Keynotes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informative sessions on national 9-1-1 issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capitol Hill Outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9-1-1 Honor Awards Gala </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make Your Voice Heard!!! </li></ul></ul>
    23. Homework <ul><li>Visit www.nena.org/governmentaffairs </li></ul><ul><li>Participate on monthly government affairs update call </li></ul><ul><li>Write/Call Your Senators and Reps. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Join the E9-1-1 Caucus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support funding the ENHANCE 911 Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support HR 3403 and S 428 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the NENA Legislative Agenda </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Invite Elected Officials to PSAP </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal and State Senators, Representatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>County Commissioners, Mayor, City Council Member </li></ul></ul><ul><li>9-1-1 Goes to Washington (March 3-5, 2008) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make Your Voice Heard in Washington! </li></ul></ul>
    24. Contact Information: <ul><li>Patrick Halley </li></ul><ul><li>National Emergency Number Association </li></ul><ul><li>Government Affairs Director </li></ul><ul><li>4350 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 750 </li></ul><ul><li>Arlington, VA 22203 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (800) 332-3911, ext. 23 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nena.org/govtaffairs </li></ul>

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