Cybersecurity, next-generation 911 boosted in Biden spending plan
The nearly 1,700-page spending plan for President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda introduced in the House on Thursday makes several additional technology investments supporting state and local programs. While most of the $1.7 trillion plan addresses child care, housing and climate protection, it also includes expenditures on cybersecurity and long-awaited upgrades to emergency communications technology.
A nationwide upgrade to next-generation 911, which is capable of receiving photo and video messages in addition to traditional phone calls, is expected to cost as much as $12.7 billion, according to the National Emergency Number Association. The House bill allocates $470 million in grants through 2030 to help state and local authorities implement the new technology. That’s a significant drop from the $10 billion House Democrats sought in September, when their overall spending proposal reached $3.5 trillion.