"For nearly a decade, Congress and successive Administrations have worked to improve
emergency communications across the nation.
Although the issue of interoperable communications for first responders has drawn the most attention, there have also been several initiatives, including legislation, to upgrade the functionality of 911 call centers. As the tenth
anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, there is increasing pressure on Congress to provide a comprehensive solution for better emergency communications to meet both local public safety needs and national goals.
The 112th Congress has examined assuring nationwide availability of state-of-the art communications capability for emergency response and recovery.
This report by the Congressional Research Service describes the goal, challenges, and policy considerations of funding emergency communications efforts and reviews the legislation introduced in the 112th Congress."
CRS, Congressional Research Service, Emergency Communications, Funding, Policy