MACo Initiative: Next Gen 9-1-1 Commission Would Guide MD Forward

MACo Policy Associate Kevin Kinnally testified before the Senate Finance Committee in support of Senate Bill 285, “Commission to Advance Next Generation 9-1-1 Across Maryland – Establishment”, on February 6, 2018.

Next Generation 9-1-1 helps to innovate and improve the exemplary and essential services required of emergency services in the state of Maryland. By establishing this commission, Maryland can begin to develop a common framework and collection of best practices in order to properly and successfully implement Next Gen 9-1-1 services.

From MACo Testimony:

Maryland citizens demand and expect 9-1-1 emergency service to be reliable and efficient. Next-generation technology is required to keep up with this increasingly complex public safety function – improving wireless caller location, accommodating incoming text/video, and managing crisis-driven call overflows. Maryland must accelerate its move toward Next Generation 9-1-1, deliver these essential services equitably across the state, and assure effective coordination with communications providers.”

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