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911 Vertical (Z-Axis) Location Accuracy - New Proposed FCC Rules

Updated: Jan 17

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January 16, 2020 Federal Communications Commission PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU ANNOUNCES THE EFFECTIVE DATE AND COMMENT CYCLE FOR THE VERTICAL LOCATION ACCURACY (Z-AXIS) FIFTH REPORT AND ORDER AND FIFTH FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING PS Docket No. 07-114 Comment Date: February 18, 2020 Reply Comment Date: March 16, 2020 https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-80A1.pdf


NOTE: UPDATES AND CORRECTIONS TO THE FIFTH REPORT AND ORDER WERE ISSUED ON JANUARY 15, 2020 - HERE


November 22, 2019 - Federal Communications Commission In the Matter of Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements, PS Docket No. 07-114 FIFTH REPORT AND ORDER AND FIFTH FURTHER NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING Adopted: November 22, 2019


All Americans using mobile phones—whether they are calling from urban or rural areas, buildings or outdoor venues—should have the capability to dial 911 and receive the support they need in times of an emergency. Consumers make 240 million calls to 911 each year, and in many areas 80% or Federal Communications Commission FCC 19-124 2 more of these calls are from wireless phones. While advances in technology have improved the overall ability of first responders to locate 911 callers, challenges remain particularly for locating 911 callers in multi-story buildings. To ensure that first responders and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) can find 911 callers quickly and accurately when a consumer calls from a multi-story building, we adopt a vertical, or z-axis, location accuracy metric of plus or minus 3 meters relative to the handset for each of the benchmarks and geographic requirements previously established in the Commission’s E911 wireless location accuracy rules. This action will more accurately identify the floor level for most 911 calls, reduce emergency response times, and save lives.

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