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FCC Strengthens Enhanced 911 Location Accuracy Requirements

Aug 09, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken action to enhance the public’s ability to contact emergency services during times of crisis.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken action to enhance the public’s ability to contact  mergency services during times of crisis and to enable public safety personnel to obtain more accurate information regarding the location of the caller. Specifically, the Commission strengthened the Enhanced 911 (E911) location accuracy rules for wireless carriers and sought comment on improving both 911 availability and E911 location determination for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. the Commission announced that after the conclusion of the eight-year implementation period in early 2019, it will sunset the existing network- based rule and require all wireless carriers to meet the more stringent location accuracy standards in the handset-based rule. The Commission will set a specific sunset date for the network-based standard at a later date, after further notice and comment. The Commission also required new wireless network carriers to meet the handset-based accuracy standard going forward and that all wireless carriers to test their E911 location accuracy results periodically and to share the results with PSAPs, state 911 offices, and the Commission, subject to confidentiality safeguards.