Wisconsin Senate unanimously approved a bill earlier this month
clearing the way for an upgrade of 9-1-1 emergency services for
cell phone users statewide, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
opponents of the bill warned that the legislation was flawed and
wouldn’t match the quick response 9-1-1 callers already receive.
which was returned to the Assembly, would provide funding for
one 9-1-1 answering center in each county. The bill, sponsored
by Rep. Phil Montgomery, R-Green Bay, would let the Public Service
Commission set a monthly fee on the state’s 2.5 million cell phones
to pay for the computer equipment and software to help pinpoint
the location of cell phone users who dial 9-1-1.
Sleeter, director of the Rock County, WI, Communications Center,
told the newspaper funding only one center per county would require
dispatchers to transfer calls, delay rescue squads and run the
risk of losing calls.
hoping and actually praying for the citizens of the state of Wisconsin
who have a perception that this bill will provide them the same
services that land line 9-1-1 does now,” Sleeter said. “I’m quite
sure that that will not happen in its present form.”