Lincoln, Neb. — LB993, which paves the way for the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) to begin the implementation of Next Generation 911 (NG911) services in Nebraska, was signed into law. LB993 was passed with an emergency clause allowing it
to take effect Thursday upon signing by the Governor.
The bill, sponsored by Senator Curt Friesen and prioritized by Senator Suzanne Geist, repealed the sunset date attached to LB938, which authorized the PSC under the direction of the state 911
director to develop a plan to transition the state from an existing Enhanced 911 (E911) system to a NG911 system. The new legislation allows the Commission to proceed with the 911 Service
System Act, Next Generation Master Plan created under LB938 for the implementation of NG911 services.
“We are excited to move forward with this important public safety legislation,” said Commission Chair Mary Ridder. “The passage of LB993 lets us continue the process of achieving a state of
the art Next Generation 911 system, allowing for seamless information sharing between our citizens and 911 centers.”
NG911 is the transition of the current statewide Legacy 911 system to a secure Internet Protocol (IP) based system, utilizing high-speed data connectivity (ESInet) capable of receiving information to include voice, text messages, pictures and videos.
“We would like to thank the members of the legislature for their support of this process,” said David Sankey, State 911 Director. “Through engagement with the public safety community,
industry and our citizens we have a plan that paves the way for the implementation of a sustainable 911 system that will benefit our state for generations to come.”
The PSC will now begin the process of implementation including the formation of the 911 Service System Advisory Committee, holding a workshop on funding and the issuing of RFP’s for vender hosted solutions to create the Nebraska ESInet, provide NG911 Core Services and purchase 911 related equipment.