Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The Commission is obligated by statute to promote “safety of life and property” and to “encourage and facilitate the prompt deployment throughout the United States of a seamless, ubiquitous, and reliable end-to-end infrastructure” for public safety. Congress has established 911 as the national emergency number to enable all citizens to reach emergency services directly and efficiently, irrespective of whether a citizen uses wireline or wireless technology when calling for help by dialing 911. Efforts by federal, state and local government, along with the significant efforts of wireline and wireless service providers, have resulted in the nearly ubiquitous deployment of this life-saving service.
The notification requirement on Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) will be used by the carriers to verify that wireless E911 calls are referred to PSAPs who have the technical capability to use the data to the caller's benefit. TTY and dispatch requirements will be used to avoid customer confusion as to the capabilities of their handsets to reach help in emergency situations, this minimizing the possibility of critical delays in response time. The annual TTY reports will be used to monitor the progress of TTY technology and thus capability. Consultations on the specific meaning assigned to pseudo-Automatic Location Identification (ALI) are appropriate to ensure that all parties are working with the same information. Coordination between carriers and state and local entities to determine the appropriate PSAPs to receive and respond to E911 calls is necessary because of the difficulty in assigning PSAPs based on the location of the wireless caller. The deployment schedule that must be submitted by carriers seeking a waiver of Phase I or Phase II deployment schedules(s) will be used by the Commission to guarantee that the rules are enforced in as timely a manner as possible within technological constraints. In addition, a wireless carrier must implement E911 service within the six-month period following the date of the PSAP's request will be deemed valid if the PSAP making the request provides the following information: (1) Cost recovery; (2) necessary equipment; and (3) necessary facilities. (
In the alternative, the PSAP may demonstrate that a funding mechanism is in place, that it is E911 capable using a Non-Call Associated Signaling technology, and that it has made a timely request to the appropriate Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) for the necessary ALI database upgrade.