The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an Open Meeting on August 8th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. It will be held in Room TW C305 at 445 12th St SW, Washington, D.C. The meeting will be on the subjects of wireless telecommunications, public safety, and homeland security. One area of particular interest is where FCC will be discussing facilitating the Deployment of Text-to-911 and Other Next Generation 911 Applications (PS Docket No. 11-153); Framework for Next Generation 911 Deployment (PS. Docket No. 10-255).

In other words, FCC wants to talk about Enabling Nationwide Text-to-911 Service for the 21st Century. The Commission will consider a Second Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that establishes deadlines for covered text providers to be capable of delivering texts to appropriate 911 public safety answering points, and seeks comment on potential improvements to current text-to-911 technology, such as through better location information.

FCC Open Commission Meeting
August 8, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
445 12th St SW, Washington, D.C.
In Room TW-C305

If you live in or near the DC Metro, and making sure next generation 911 is accessible, then you’ll want to make sure you swing by the open meeting to participate!

Claude Stout, Executive Director, said, “TDI deeply appreciates the Commission’s work to date on Text-to-9-1-1 issues.  We want to encourage as many members and other stakeholders in the DC metro area (D.C., MD, and VA) to join us in the Commission’s open meeting this Friday, and to give support for their upcoming action with a Report & Order, and a Further Notice for Proposed Rulemaking for this topic.  FCC is very much committed toward building a brighter future for us to be able first to make emergency calls via text, and then to use other technologies down the road hopefully within ten years (such as voice, video, and/or text) to make such direct calls just like the rest of our fellow Americans.”

If you’re not able to participate, but would like to watch the meeting, it is being broadcast via internet at //