iCERT members:

Earlier today, the full House Energy & Commerce Committee passed the bipartisan Spectrum Innovation Act of 2022 (H.R. 7624), which includes NG911 funding language.

The committee added an extension of the FCC’s spectrum auction authority for 18 months (language from the previous bill known as H.R. 7783) and made some technical changes to the bill via an amendment which was adopted by the committee. As reported last month when this bill was passed out of subcommittee, the funding source for NG911 is tied to spectrum auction revenues, up to $10 Billion. Today’s committee action is another important step in the legislative process, as it sends the bill to the House floor for consideration by the full House. A full House vote could take place between now and the end of the month, but will likely take place in September, after the Congressional August recess.

We continue to be in close communications with other 911 and public safety stakeholder groups and will be strategizing on how we can work with the Congress to make helpful modifications to the bill. If you or your company can engage and lend resources to our effort, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Don Brittingham. We will keep you posted as developments warrant.

George Kelemen, Executive Director
Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies, Inc.

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