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Public Information and Information Exchange: Federal Grants Help Modernize 911 Services.

In August 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Commerce announced more than $109 million in grants to 34 States and 2 Tribal nations as part of the 911 Grant Program. The grants will help 911 call centers upgrade to Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities.

The funding will power basic improvements such as providing digital and network capabilities to 911 emergency call centers and will assist implementation of advanced mapping systems that will make it easier to identify a 911 caller's location. NG911 will help 911 call centers manage call overload, as call takers will be able to transfer calls, messages, and data between interconnected, networked public safety answering points. The 911 Grant Program also provides funding for training costs directly related to NG911 implementation.

The program made grants available to States, territories, Tribal nations, and the District of Columbia, provided that they successfully 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 complete list of grant recipients is available at www.transportation.gov/briefing-room /departments-commerce-and-transportation-announce-109 -million-grants-modernize-911.

The 911 Grant Program is jointly administered by the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For more information, visit 911.gov and www.ntia.doc.gov /category/next-generation-911.

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Title Annotation:ALONG THE ROAD
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Date:Sep 22, 2019
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