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For Immediate Release: February 20, 2014
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

FCC Wireless 911 Proposal Marks 'Important First Step,' NARUC Says

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission proposed to improve the location accuracy of wireless 911 calls:

“This action is an important first step in helping first responders save more lives. As State regulators, we’ve focused on this issue as a matter of priority, evidenced by a resolution we passed at our recent Winter Meetings. With the public relying more on wireless phones, we must make sure a 911 call from a smart phone relays the same location information as a call made from a traditional landline. As the Federal Communications Commission moves ahead with this proposal, we hope the agency will clarify that current rules regarding wireless 911 location accuracy apply for both indoor and outdoor calls. In our resolution, we also ask that the FCC set rules based on technology that is technically feasible, commercially available, standards-based and non-proprietary. We look forward to working with the FCC on this issue going forward.”
--NARUC President Colette D. Honorable of Arkansas and NARUC Committee on Telecommunications Chair Chris Nelson of South Dakota

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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