What's New at CSEC?
Request for Offers
The Commission posted a request for offers on January 15, 2016 for State Level Digital 9-1- Network Project Management and System Integration Services. See the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) posting for the specifications at: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=122217
Kari’s Law: CSEC Adopts New Rule Requiring Direct Access to 9-1-1 Service
On February 10, 2016, CSEC adopted Rule 251.16, Direct Access to 9-1-1 Service. The rule implements new Health and Safety Code Chapter 771A requiring all telephone systems that provide or allow outbound calling to be (re)programmed to allow for direct dialing of 9-1-1 (no initial digit, prefix, access code to reach an outbound line is permitted). The primary purpose of the rule is to implement the statutory waiver process under which a business service user can obtain a one-year waiver (September 1 – August 31) of the law’s requirements upon the timely submission of an affidavit that (1) the business service user made a good faith attempt to reprogram or replace the telephone system; and (2) that reprogramming/replacing of a non-compliant telephone system would be unduly and unreasonably cost prohibitive. CSEC adopted the rule with non-substantive changes to the published version to revise the URL for the website where waiver requests are to be submitted, and to clarify the placement of instructional stickers on non-compliant handsets.
CSEC is excited to share with you our newsletter that explores the CSEC & RPC programs transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1). The newsletter, Connections, will provide relevant and timely information regarding the CSEC NG9-1-1 project. The objective of Connections is to inform and include CSEC’s stakeholders in this transformational project. View the most recent newsletter here!