Survey: 9-1-1 Professionals Oppose Indoor Location Agreement (12/4/14)
Thursday, December 04, 2014 | Comments

The majority of 9-1-1 professionals oppose the terms of a recent deal on wireless 9-1-1 indoor location accuracy struck by cell-phone companies and executives of two public-safety associations, according to a national survey of more than 300 managers and dispatchers of public-safety answering points (PSAPs).

The survey was conducted by the Find Me 911 Coalition, which opposes the agreement. The deal was announced in November by the four major wireless companies and the boards of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO).

By a 10-to-1 margin, 9-1-1 professionals said they would have voted to oppose the deal, if given the opportunity, the Find Me survey said. About 96 percent of respondents said they support the FCC's proposed public-safety rules over the phone company plan. The FCC proposed indoor 9-1-1 location accuracy rules in February.

By nearly a 4-1 margin, respondents said they personally oppose NENA and APCO's decision to support the agreement (62 percent to 17 percent), the coalition said. A majority (57 percent) opposed incorporating the Russian GLONASS military satellite system into the U.S. 9-1-1- infrastructure, as the APCO, NENA and cell-phone company agreement proposed, the coalition said.

The full survey results and the coalition’s analysis of the provisions of the FCC's proposed rule and the phone companies' plan can be found on the coalition’s website.

?The survey was conducted online among 328 managers and employees of PSAPs from Nov. 26 – Dec. 1. PSAP managers and employees were invited to participate in the survey via direct e-mails and online solicitations targeted to PSAP managers and employees. The survey was conducted via the SurveyGizmo website and used an automatic mechanism to disqualify non-PSAP employees. The employment of respondents was further validated against known PSAP registries and via geographic data tied to IP address. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.4 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

The Find Me 911 Coalition was formed in 2013 with initial funding from TruePosition and has advocated for the FCC to enforce location requirements on indoor wireless 9-1-1 calls.

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