FCC Seeks Comment on E911 Indoor Location Accuracy Requirements

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The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has asked for comment on a petition for waiver of the Commission’s indoor location accuracy requirements.  The petition, filed by Cordova Wireless Communications, LLC (Cordova), seeks waiver of Section 20.18(i) of the FCC’s rules based on the inability of Cordova’s local public safety answering point (PSAP) to receive and use indoor location data and Phase II enhanced 911 (E911) location data.  The FCC’s Phase II E911 location accuracy requirements are triggered by a PSAP request for Phase II service, but the additional location accuracy requirements for calls placed from indoor locations adopted in 2015 contain no such trigger.  Because of the financial burdens that compliance with the indoor location accuracy requirements would place on Cordova, and the unnecessary nature of such burdens in light of the PSAP’s inability to use such data, Cordova has requested a temporary waiver of Section 20.18(i), including its reporting requirements, until the PSAP is capable of receiving and utilizing E911 location data.  Comments on the petition are due March 28, 2017, and reply comments are due April 12.

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