Public Service Commission holds hearing for 'Text to 911'

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC) held a public hearing at the state capitol Thursday regarding the 911 service system act (LB938) or Next Generation 911 Master Plan.

The plan's theme is, "Call if you can, text if you can't." This means sending texts, pictures or your location will be available. The PSC emphasizes this plan is part of a transition incorporating newer technology.

Texting 911 is available in some Nebraska counties, this plan would make that access statewide.

Some who gave testimony were concerned with how so many employees from across the state would get the new technology training.

"It's going to be more expensive and more labor intensive for our counties," said McCook 911 Center Representative Isaac Brown.

Despite some questions, people in attendance agreed new technology was needed to help in an emergency situation.

"Ultimately, it's all about protecting our citizens, responding to our citizens, and we need to do that effectively and efficiently as possible," says David Sankey, Director of Nebraska Public Service Commission.

August 4th is the deadline for a decision, but that may be delayed in order to give more Nebraskans time read the plan entirely. A second public hearing is also set for September.

For more information on the plan, click on the link to the right.