National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act (H.R. 5700) Introduced

The National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act (H.R. 5700) is a bill proposed by Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to facilitate the creation of a unified wireless number for critical non-emergency situations on U.S. nation’s highways.

Twenty-nine states operate at least 18 different wireless short codes throughout the country. Highway-based use of mobile wireless non-emergency numbers allow the traveling public, to quickly and easily contact public safety agencies at critical moments in situations that may not rise to the emergency level, such as a disabled vehicle.

These non-emergency mobile numbers shift calls away from 911 systems reducing call queuing and allow these systems to be focused on more significant emergency matters. The National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act directs the FCC to facilitate the creation of a unified wireless non-emergency number. The goal of the Act is to consolidate the multiple numbers currently existing, thereby reducing confusion and quicking response times.