The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board is leading the deployment and has been working to create the statewide network since 2005. That year the National Emergency Number Association released a report that stressed the importance of next-gen 911 and how it was essential to upgrade the infrastructure that supports 911 calls. The state board also had a feasibility study on next-gen 911 conducted in 2005, and has since been planning and setting funding aside for the next-gen 911 network.

Lynn Questell, the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board’s executive director, said Tennessee is helping to pave the way for NG 911, along with a few other states such as Indiana, Vermont and Rhode Island.

“Every other state is planning for this, deploying it or wishing they could,” Questell said. “We are among the first to do this but there are a number of other states that are proceeding.”

Go to Emergency Management to read more about Tennesse's next-gen 911 network.

Sarah Rich, Staff Writer Sarah Rich  |  Staff Writer

In 2008, Sarah Rich graduated from California State University, Chico, where she majored in news-editorial journalism and minored in sociology. Since 2010, Sarah has written for Government Technology magazine and covers a spectrum of public-sector IT topics, including cloud computing, transparency, broadband, and other innovative projects and trends. She currently lives in Sacramento, Calif.