Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Indiana Leading the Way with Next Generation 911

Mar 29, 2017
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) introduced Barry Ritter, the Executive Director of the Statewide 911 Board of Indiana, before his testimony at a hearing of the Subcommittee of Communications and Technology hearing, titled “Realizing -Nationwide Next-Generation 911.” Next-Generation 911 (NG911) aims to take advantage of technical advancement and new capabilities, like text or video, of Internet protocol (IP)-based networks that allow people to connect to 911 services from any wired, wireless, or IP-based device. NG911 facilitates the design of an IP-based next generation infrastructure for the delivery of 911 services. According to the National 911 Program’s 2016 National 911 Progress Report, Indiana is one of only 8 states and U.S. territories that maintains an NG911 system that is operational in 100 percent of the state. Ritter offered testimony about the successful deployment of wireless and NG911 technologies throughout Indiana. The Indiana State Treasurer, Kelly Mitchell, serves as the Chairman of the Statewide 911 Board. Mitchell is the only state treasurer in the country that has this role. Mitchell also attended today’s hearing.

“As a Hoosier, I am pleased that Indiana has prioritized emergency communications in our state thanks in large part to Mr. Ritter’s leadership,” said Brooks. “We teach our kids to ‘call 911’ in an emergency. The reality is, most people today are more inclined to text or call 911 from a wireless device than to use a landline phone to call. Because of Indiana’s rapid implementation of NG911 technology, they can call, text and even send video to 911. As each state’s 911 services continue to evolve, it is critical that we take opportunities to learn from successful programs and transitions, like the design and implementation of Indiana’s modern NG911 network.”

"Next-Generation 911 is a critical tool for public safety in this country,” said Ritter. “As an early adopter, Indiana has demonstrated strong leadership and cooperation in creating a successful program that benefits the citizens of our communities."

Video of Brooks’ introduction of Ritter is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJmqEz0Vu9Q. Ritter’s testimony is available here: http://docs.house.gov/meetings/IF/IF16/20170329/105797/HHRG-115-IF16-Wstate-RitterB-20170329-U3.pdf.