FCC Grants Temporary Waiver of E911 Indoor Accuracy Obligations

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has granted Cordova Wireless Communications, LLC (Cordova) a temporary waiver of Section 20.18(i) of the Commission’s E911 location accuracy requirements and related reporting obligations.  In February, Cordova petitioned the FCC for temporary waiver of Section 20.18(i) because its local Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) cannot currently receive or process indoor location accuracy data and has not yet requested that Cordova provide Phase II E911 service.  Cordova argued that complying with the location accuracy rules before its PSAP is capable of using location data would waste resources that could be better used to serve customers right now.  The Commission found good cause to grant Cordova’s waiver request, noting that the underlying purpose of Section 20.18(i) would not be served by requiring Cordova to equip itself to supply E911 location data to a PSAP that is incapable of receiving and using the information.  The temporary waiver will expire six months after Cordova receives a valid request for Phase II location data from the City of Cordova PSAP or other recognized Alaska authority.  Cordova must also notify the FCC within 30 days of receiving such a request.

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