The Georgia 911 Directors Association, Georgia APCO, and Georgia NENA release the attached statement in opposition of a recent proposal to increase 911 service fees to implement a statewide interoperable radio system.
October 1, 2020
TO: Georgia 911 Public Safety Community
Members of the Georgia 911 Director’s Association
Members of Georgia APCO
Members of Georgia NENA
FROM: Georgia 911 Director’s Association, Georgia APCO, and Georgia NENA
RE: Proposal to fund a statewide interoperable communications system
Sent via e-mail and posted online to websites and APCO PSConnect
Recently, a proposal surfaced that outlined a plan to increase the current 911 service fee in Georgia by 50 cents on all landline, wireless, and prepaid phones. In this plan, 25 cents of the fee would be allocated to build out a statewide interoperable communications system while the other 25 cents would go to local government for 911 operations.
After this proposal was brought to the attention of the Georgia 911 Community by the 911 Director’s Association, the response was overwhelmingly negative. Because of this, the Board of the Georgia 911 Director’s Association decided not to support this.
The Georgia Association of Public-Safety Association Officials (APCO) and the Georgia Emergency Number Association (NENA) join the Georgia 911 Director’s Association in opposition of this proposal. All three associations are satisfied with current law that protects how 911 fees can be utilized and agree that a statewide radio system does not meet the requirements by law. Further, all three associations agree that they would only support a fee increase that directly supports the implementation of a Next Generation 911 (NextGen 911) System. Understanding the importance of this transition, the Georgia 911 Director’s Association, Georgia APCO, and Georgia NENA know that Georgia must be well-prepared in deploying a Next Generation Core Services network.
While the 911 Director’s Association, Georgia APCO, and Georgia NENA understand the necessity of exploring of a statewide radio system, we share a united stance that such a system should be supported by a funding source other than 911 service fees.
Contact information for the three associations is listed below and we encourage with questions or concerns to contact us.