FCC Filing: In the Matter of Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements: Letter in Opposition of Petitions for Waiver

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

       PS No. 07-114 — In the Matter of Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements: Letter in Opposition of Petitions for Waiver

COMMENTS

TDI, along with the tagged consumer groups filed comments to the Federal Communications Commission to deny the petitions for waiver made by telecommunications companies.

[see below, under Tags: for a full list of signatories]

We urged the Commission to deny the petitions for waiver made by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon to extend the deadline on April 3, 2021 for the provision of vertical location information (z-axis) to support emergency response for wireless callers to E911 emergency services. If the waiver is granted, then the delay in the provision will affect the critical efforts in location information that could save lives.

Accurate vertical location information is critical in ensuring that emergency services have the capacity to reach individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, or deaf with mobility issues who may not be able to communicate their precise location on a voice call with an E911 operator.

In establishing the vertical location requirements, the Commission recognized that for the millions of wireless 911 callers seeking emergency assistance, “time is of the essence.”

When a call is placed for emergency assistance, the first priority is for the dispatcher to receive the call, and then immediately know where the call came from to be able to send police, fire, or paramedics to the scene of the emergency as needed. Accurate vertical location information is a key component to making this a reality, especially with today’s high rises and multi-floor facilities.

Thus, we requested the FCC to upholds its deadline and deny the waivers of the petitioners.

URL below is linked to the actual filing document on FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System 

https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10406047973237/TDI%20et%20al.%20Opposition%20Letter%20Re%20E911%20Waiver%20Petitions.pdf