Eshoo Advances Legislation to Help Domestic Violence Survivors and to Modernize 911 Emergency Response Through Subcommittee

June 15, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) hailed passage of two of her bills, the Safe Connections Act and her Next Gen 911 Advancement Act, which passed as part of Spectrum Innovation Act, through the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

“Survivors of domestic violence face overwhelming barriers when trying to leave their abusers, including becoming stuck in shared phone plans that abusers can use to monitor, harass, and control them. The Safe Connections Act ensures all survivors can remove themselves from shared phone plans without prohibitive costs and requirements and enroll in the Lifeline Program or the Affordable Connectivity Program to obtain new phones or phone services at discounted prices,” said Eshoo.

“I’m also proud that nearly two decades after establishing the E-911 Caucus to support first responders and modernize 9-1-1 services, my legislation to establish Next Gen 911 is finally moving forward,” said Eshoo. “This technology will allow our emergency communication centers to receive real-time location information, text messages, photos, and video from individuals at the scene of an emergency, and be able to share that information with first responders in the field to help them better respond to the emergency. It could make the difference between life and death.”