FCC Approves National Emergency Address Database (NEAD) Security Plan

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The FCC has released a Memorandum Opinion and Order approving the Privacy and Security Plan for the National Emergency Address Database (NEAD) submitted by the country’s four nationwide mobile carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) on February 3, 2017.  Once deployed, the NEAD will allow dispatchers to identify the location of wireless 911 callers when the caller is indoors.  Specifically, the NEAD will enable service providers to identify the media access control (MAC) address and Bluetooth Public Device Address (BT-PDA) information of fixed, indoor access points for use during 911 calls.  According to the release, the approved Privacy and Security Plan also protects the privacy, security and resiliency of the NEAD.

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