North Dakota reached a major milestone in 9-1-1 public safety on May 31, 2005, when the final 9-1-1 jurisdiction in North Dakota went live with Phase II wireless service. North Dakota became the 6th State in the nation to accomplish this statewide goal. This achievement means most cell phone callers dialing 9-1-1 will be located by GPS (global positioning system), greatly aiding dispatchers and emergency responders in locating individuals in emergency situations.
The dynamic nature of communication technology however has made it evident that this was just the first step in the evolution of 9-1-1, which has been termed “Next Generation 9-1-1” or often just "NG9-1-1". Very simply, NG9-1-1 is the careful migration of the current (30-year old) infrastructure used for 9-1-1 calling to a flexible and secure broadband infrastructure that can carry a much broader range of communication signals – some of which cannot currently reach a public safety dispatcher directly. Examples could include text messaging and sending photos and videos.
The North Dakota Legislature established the Emergency Services Communications Coordinating Committee (ESCCC) to “coordinate plans for implementing” NG9-1-1. This Committee is also charged with recommending “changes to the operating standards for emergency services communications”, and “developing guidelines regarding the allowable uses of the fee revenue” collected for 9-1-1 systems.
NDACo has, on staff, an NG9-1-1 Program Manager position to coordinate with the ESCCC and other public and private stakeholders for the orderly implementation of NG9-1-1 service across the state. This program management methodology is consistent with that which made Phase II wireless service possible for the PSAPs of North Dakota.
ESCCC agendas, minutes, and meeting materials have been posted below to facilitate their dissemination. Other relevant links relating to NG9-1-1 have also been provided.
ESC3 Biennial Legislative Report - 2020
NextGen 911 Master Plan – L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Dec. 2008
ESC3 2010 Biennial Report - Final
ITD-CenturyLink Network Proof of Concept Plan
Current North Dakota statutory standards – NDCC 57-40.6-10
North Dakota’s federal ENHANCE 911 Act Grant Application, July 2009
ITD Network Presentation