E-911 needs cash injection, panel says

| 7/7/2003

An independent task force studying the needs of emergency responders and homeland security said $10.4 billion was needed for e-911 services nationwide to be effective.

The service allows dispatchers to exactly pinpoint the location of callers when they use a cell phone to report an emergency.

The study, done by the Council of Foreign Relations' Independent Task Force on Emergency Responders, says federal, state and local expenditures for emergency responders should be tripled he next five years. The council is headed by former Sen. Warren Rudman and former White House terrorism and cybersecurity chief Richard Clarke.

The National Emergency Number Association worked with the panel and endorsed its study results. The organization pointed to the study as evidence of the continued under-funding of wireless e-911 issues in the United States.