Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus Celebrates

Feb 17, 2012
Press Release


Washington, DC - As House co-chairs of the Next Gen 9-1-1 Caucus, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D, California) are pleased to announce the inclusion of the Next Generation 9-1-1 Advancement Act (HR 2629) in the Conference Report to extend the payroll tax holiday that passed both the House and Senate on Friday.

The language will allow for matching grants to eligible entities that will enable the delivery of voice, text, photos, video, and other data to 9-1-1 call centers.

Shimkus said, “This will help 9-1-1 agencies bring advanced equipment into their call centers.  Rep. Eshoo and I have worked on 9-1-1 technology for some time; this brings us closer to allowing more information to get into the hands of emergency responders.”

Eshoo, ranking member on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee: “For over a decade, Rep. Shimkus and I have been working to bring our 9-1-1 call centers into the 21st century. Today we did by giving them the tools to better protect citizens in every community across our country.”

The grants are paid for by the sale of broadcast spectrum also outlined in the legislation.