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New 911 Caller Location Rules Proposed by FCC

FCC to Consider Action at August Open Meeting (8/1/19)

The FCC is set to vote on Rules to facilitate two recently enacted laws to

improve emergency calling, the Kari’s Law Act of 2017 and RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018, and extend 911 location requirements to additional calling platforms.

If adopted at the August meeting, the new rules would provide clarity and specificity to these statutory requirements so that companies can effectively meet their obligations under Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’s Act. The new rules would also establish dispatchable location requirements for 911 calls from multi-line telephone systems, fixed telephone service, interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, and Telecommunications Relay Service.

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