COMMITTEE:   Technology 

TIME & DATE: 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 21, 2012 

PLACE:       E2.028 
CHAIR:       Rep. Aaron Pena 


The committee will meet to hear invited testimony on the following interim charges:


*Interim Charge #2 Examine the benefits and financial costs associated with modernizing 911 call centers with the newest technology to connect dispatchers with callers using mobile means of communication in the fastest and most accurate manner possible during a time of emergency.


*Interim Charge #3 Study the impact of federal broadband expansion programs on rural areas.


Invited Testimony:


Interim Charge #2


Kelli Merriweather, Executive Director

Bob Obuch, Director of Emergency Communications

Commission on State Emergency Communications


Bill Buccholtz, CSEC Presiding Officer, Commission on State Emergency Communications; Executive Director of Bexar Metro 9-1-1; President of the Texas 9-1-1 Alliance


Betty Voights, Executive Director of the Capitol Area Council of Governments;

Chair of the Emergency Communications Committee of the Texas Association of Regional Councils


Todd Early, Deputy Assistant Director

Skylor D. Hearn, Assistant Director, Law Enforcement Support

Texas Department of Public Safety Communications Bureau


Interim Charge #3


Pam Whittington, Director of Competitive Markets Division

Marshall Adair, Senior Analyst, Competitive Markets Division

Dr. Mark Bryant, Market Economist, Competitive Markets Division

John Paul Urban, Director of Government Relations

Texas Public Utility Commission


Peggy D. Rudd, Director and Librarian

Texas State Library and Archives Commission


Don Shirley, Executive Director

Connected Texas






** See Committee Coordinator for previous versions of the schedule **