Recently, I read of two incidents where callers clearly abused the 911 system. In one, a parent called to report his son wouldn’t clean his room; in the other, the caller reported that French fries were missing from her fast-food order. What is wrong with these people?
Four years ago, Congress authorized up to $1.25 billion over a five-year period to fund upgrades to public safety answering points across the country to bring them into compliance with the FCC’s Phase 2 requirements. So far, only $43.5 million of that money—3.5%—has been appropriated. But the legislation passed by the Senate last week—which is expected to easily pass through the House and be signed into law by President Bush—could be the tool that’s been needed to open the spigot
LONG BEACH, Calif.–This week at the National Emergency Number Association conference here, a legislative aide to Rep. John Shimkus (R, Ill.) — co-chair of the Congressional E911 Caucus — told attendees that the PSAP community essentially is going to get screwed by Congress during the next couple of years