FCC Seeks Comment on E911 Reconsideration Petitions

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The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB or Bureau) has released a Public Notice notifying interested parties of petitions for reconsideration filed by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, Inc. (APCO) and CTIA to the Sixth Report and Order in the Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements proceeding.  Interested parties must file oppositions not later than 15 days after this Public Notice is published in the Federal Register and file replies to oppositions not later than 25 days after its publication in the Federal Register.  The Bureau will issue another public notice announcing these dates once determined.

In APCO’s Petition for Reconsideration, it argued that the new rule revising requirements for termination of the National Emergency Address Database lacks a basis in the record and risks creating a way for carriers to comply with the rules without actually improving location information for 911 calls. CTIA, in its Petition for Reconsideration, argues that the Commission should reconsider its stringent April 2021 deadline to meet certain vertical location accuracy requirements given the changed circumstances related to COVID-19 that have prevented wireless providers from validating whether they met these requirements.

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