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Text of To establish 9-1-1 as the universal emergency assistance number for wireless telecommunications users, and for other purposes.

This bill was introduced on February 3, 1999, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 3, 1999 (Introduced).

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HR 539 IH

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 539

To establish 9-1-1 as the universal emergency assistance number for wireless telecommunications users, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 3, 1999

Ms. DANNER introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce


A BILL

To establish 9-1-1 as the universal emergency assistance number for wireless telecommunications users, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds that--

      (1) states and localities have adopted different emergency telephone numbers for cellular telephone users seeking emergency assistance;

      (2) 9-1-1 is used as the emergency assistance number for wire-based telecommunications; and

      (3) almost one-third of the pedestrian deaths on the Interstate Highway System involve stranded motorists who leave their vehicles.

SEC. 2. UNIVERSAL EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER.

    (a) DESIGNATION OF UNIVERSAL ASSISTANCE NUMBER- The number 9-1-1 is designated as the universal wireless emergency telephone number within the United States.

    (b) FEDERAL AGENCY USE OF UNIVERSAL ASSISTANCE NUMBER- Any department, agency, officer or instrumentality of the United States, State or local government that establishes or operates a wireless communications system for use by the public in whole or in part to report emergencies shall ensure--

      (1) the system accommodates the number 9-1-1 and;

      (2) uses the number 9-1-1 for the reporting of emergencies by the public.