That money goes to run the 911 dispatching in most communities in the state.READ MORE: Fairfield Police Arrest 4 Suspected in Catalytic Converter Theft Ring
It’s funded through a tax on phone bills but the telecom industry is pushing lawmakers to find alternatives like money from the general tax fund.
Mark Ghillarducci is director of California’s Office of Emergency Services. He says there’s a new system coming on line called Next Generation 911 which should make calling from a cell phone easier.READ MORE: 8 People Displaced by House Fire in San Lorenzo
“Faster call delivery times, including location-based reporting, and the transmission of text, videos, and photographs,” Ghillarducci said.
We’re all on our cell phones these days so emergency response needs to keep up. The current “legacy” system he says was built in the 80s.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Estrada Fire Near Watsonville 60% Contained; All Evacuation Warnings Lifted
The current system has over 450 dispatch locations around the state.