New 911 System Proposed by Senators Tony Ada & Palacios

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Guam – Senator Tony Ada and Adolpho Palacios have proposed that GovGuam borrow up to $2 million dollars to buy a new Emergency 911 system.

Under Bill 205, the borrowed money would be paid back from the Enhanced 911 Emergency Reporting System Fund.

Read Bill 205

According to a release from Senator Ada Guam’s existing 911 system is outdated, and it is still not enhanced, even though all phone subscribers pay a so called Enhanced 911 system fee $1 dollar fee every month.

“Phone subscribers continue to pay for a system that does not exist,” states the release.

Read Senator Tony Ada’s release in FUILL below:

Senator Tony Ada Proposes New 911 System

Guam may finally have an ‘Enhanced’ 911 System thanks to legislation proposed by Senators Tony Ada and Adolpho Palacios today.  Bill No. 205-31 calls for the Governor to borrow up to $2 Million for the purchase and installation of a new emergency 911 system with repayment to come from the Enhanced 911 Emergency Reporting System Fund.  

Guam’s existing 911 system is outdated and is not an Enhanced 911 system despite all phone subscribers paying a one dollar monthly Enhanced 911 system fee.  Phone subscribers continue to pay for a system that does not exist.   

A serious limitation of the current system is that people with hearing or speech disabilities who use text-telephone devices can only do so using GTA’s wired telephone service.  The speech and hearing impaired cannot use cellular phones to call 911.

The Federal Communications Commission had required that all wireless communications carriers comply with the mandate that their systems be e911 compliant by 2005.  Guam’s failure to modernize its 911 system has prevented local cell phone companies’ compliance with the FCC mandate.

Senators Ada and Palacios are hopeful that the provisions of Bill No. 205-31 can be accommodated within this fiscal year or by the next fiscal year at the latest.