Next Generation 911: National 911 Program Could Strengthen Efforts to Assist States, Report to Congressional Requesters [open pdf - 962KB]
From the Highlights: "Each year, millions of Americans call 911 for help during emergencies. However, the nation's legacy 911 system relies on aging infrastructure that is not designed to accommodate modern communications technologies. As a result, states and localities are upgrading to NG911, which offers improved capabilities, such as the ability to process images, audio files, and video. While deploying NG911 is the responsibility of state and local entities, federal agencies also support implementation, led by NHTSA's (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) National 911 Program, which facilitates collaboration among federal, state, and local 911 stakeholders. GAO (Government Accountability Office) was asked to review NG911 implementation nationwide. This report examines: (1) state and local progress and challenges in implementing NG911 and (2) federal actions to address challenges and planned next steps. GAO reviewed relevant statutes, regulations, and federal agency reports and plans. GAO also analyzed NHTSA's survey data on state 911 implementation for calendar year 2015, the most recent year for which data were available, and interviewed federal officials, state and local officials from nine states (selected to represent different regions and various phases of NG911 implementation), and officials from industry and advocacy groups."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov