This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

FairPoint Communications To Provide Maine With A Statewide Next-Generation 9-1-1 System

PORTLAND, Maine, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The state of Maine has given final approval of FairPoint Communications' contract to provide the state's Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) system. The five-year contract is worth $32 million and will provide Maine with a modern Internet Protocol (IP)-based network capable of meeting future public safety needs. 

It will make Maine one of the first states in the nation to deploy a NG9-1-1 system closely aligned with the National Emergency Number Association standards published in June 2011 known as i3. The emergency services IP network (ESInet) will serve more than 1.3 million people in the state.

FairPoint will provide the system and support to serve all of Maine's 26 Public Safety Answering Points – known as PSAPs – which have responsibility to answer all 9-1-1 calls in their local coverage area. Every Maine community is matched with a local PSAP. The Public Utility Commission's Emergency Services Communication Bureau manages both the implementation and operation of the statewide Enhanced 9-1-1 service that FairPoint currently provides.

FairPoint's next-generation, state-of-the-art system is designed to handle emergency communications in Maine. NG9-1-1 networks differ from existing systems in that they are designed to keep pace with the way people communicate today. This includes the capability of delivering voice, text, video and enhanced data to the PSAP. The network will improve call setup time and increase the speed at which voice and data arrive at the PSAP, thereby improving service. It will also improve emergency response by giving public safety personnel better information about situations prior to arriving on the scene.

"The new Maine 9-1-1 system will use leading edge technology to provide the platform for next-generation communication technologies such as voice, video, pictures and text messaging," said Karen Romano, FairPoint's vice president – government, education and research.  "Together with our suppliers Solacom and GeoComm, FairPoint will provide a robust, redundant and secure statewide emergency system that solidifies the state's leadership role in providing NG9-1-1."

Solacom Technologies, Inc. will supply call center controllers, workstations and emergency services routing proxy (ESRP) equipment for the system. Each PSAP throughout the state, including a training center, will receive new Solacom Guardian intelligent workstations (IWS) that equip telecommunicators with state-of-the-art IP desktops for responding to 9-1-1 calls. Workstations will include mapping to display the location of emergency calls on a monitor.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,943.81 +28.74 0.17%
S&P 500 1,967.57 +2.89 0.15%
NASDAQ 4,415.49 +19.2860 0.44%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto
Advertising Partners

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs