States and Tribal nations will receive a total of more than $100 million to upgrade 911 call centers to next-generation capabilities. The U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation said the $109 total million in grants will go to 34 states and two tribal nations for improvements such as providing digital and IP network capabilities and implementing advanced mapping systems to make it easier to identify a 911 caller’s location.
NG911 is helping to transform call centers made for the analog telephone age to manage call overload, as call-takers will be able to transfer calls, messages and data between public safety answering points that are interconnected to the IP network.
The 911 Grant Program also provides funding for training in the new capabilities.
Grants were available to states, territories, tribal nations and the District of Columbia, provided that they submitted a state 911 plan and project budget, designated a 911 coordinator, and certified that they did not use funds designated for 911 systems for other purposes in the past 180 days.
The 911 Grant Program is administered by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All states and territories did not apply for funding. Click here for a list of grant awards by state and tribal nation.
August 14, 2019