APCO Statement on FCC Announcement to Address Text-to-911 at the August Open Meeting
Alexandria, VA – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its tentative agenda for the next open meeting scheduled for Friday, August 8, 2014. Among the items to be considered is a proceeding entitled “Enabling Nationwide Text-to-9-1-1 Service for the 21st Century.”
According to the FCC, this item will consist of a Second Report and Order and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that “establishes deadlines for covered text providers to be capable of delivering texts to appropriate 9-1-1 public safety answering points, and seeks comment on potential improvements to current text-to-9-1-1 technology, such as through better location information.”
Following today’s announcement, APCO President Gigi Smith said, “We applaud the Commission for moving forward on this important item and look forward to reviewing the order and further notice after it is adopted.”
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