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Security Industry Issues Call to Action to Stop HR3630

Dealers are asked to call Senators to stop bill, which is labeled as a "grave threat to the alarm industry," that allows unverified alarm signals to go directly to 9-1-1.


The Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) is asking all alarm professionals to call or email their Senators within the next 36 hours to encourage the Senate to modify the House Payroll Tax Bill (H.R. 3630) and prohibit the funding of unverified alarm signals that go directly into 9-1-1 centers.

The House of Representatives has included in its so-called Payroll Tax Bill (H.R. 3630) a provision that would encourage the FCC to allow 9-1-1 centers to directly receive unverified alarm signals for emergencies.

“This presents a grave threat to the alarm industry,” according to AICC. “Sending automatic unverified signals, as well as unverified signals from Personnel Emergency Response Systems (PERS), would overwhelm 9-1-1 centers with calls that do not require the dispatch of public safety responders.”

The House passed the Payroll Tax Forgiveness Bill, which includes an extension of unemployment insurance and the “Doc Fix” – a cost-of-living update.

The Senate will take up H.R. 3630 in the next 48-72 hours. The payroll tax, unemployment insurance and Doc Fix have high priority in the Senate, as they are considered to be must-pass legislation.

“It is critical, therefore, that alarm professionals call or email their senators within the next 36 hours and urge them to change the provision that would allow automatic, unverified alarm signals to go directly to 9-1-1 centers,” says Lou Fiore, chairman of the AICC.

The message to senators is as follows:

“As a provider of monitoring services in your state for burglar, fire and Personnel Emergency Response Systems, I am concerned that the Next Generation 9-1-1 portion of H.R. 3630 would encourage the FCC to allow automatic unverified alarm signals, as well as unverified signals from Personnel Emergency Response Systems’ used by seniors, to go directly into 9-1-1 centers.”

“As an industry, we receive more than 100 million alarm signals a year, of which more than 95% do not require the dispatch of emergency services.  Allowing unverified alarm signals to go into 9-1-1 centers would cripple the emergency response system.  Please tell the Senate leadership NOT to allow unverified alarm signals to go directly into 9-1-1 centers.”

AICC has identified these key Senate legislative assistants. Dealers can also call 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to their Senator.

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Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]

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