Why Does Accelerating NG911 Matter?

Accelerated implementation of NG911 service across the U.S. will provide significant benefits and improved emergency services for the public, 911 professionals, and first responders. Accelerated implementation of NG911 will:

  • Enhance flexibility, resiliency, and survivability of 911 systems
  • Conform with modern communication trends
  • Increase data sharing – from the 911 caller all the way to the responder
  • Increase accessibility for those with limited ability to communicate via voice
  • Improve public safety communications interoperability among jurisdictions
  • Improve emergency responder interoperability
  • Reduce cyber vulnerabilities in 9-1-1 systems
  • Align with the telecommunications infrastructure transition
  • Encourage more efficient use of 9-1-1 funds
 

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DO NOT ACT TO DEPLOY NG911 FASTER? 

A failure to act in a timely and effective manner would result in a number of negative consequences. Inaction would:

  • Prolong nationwide NG911 implementation
  • Result in “patchwork” implementation with limited interoperability
  • Rresult in missed opportunities for improved emergency response
  • Put the lives of first responders at risk
  • Underserve a significant portion of the population
  • Undermine public trust in the 9-1-1 system
  • Create technological obsolescence
  • Increase the costs of operating 9-1-1 systems
  • Risk cyber vulnerability increases and reduces reliability