FCC Waives 9-1-1 Location Accuracy Rules for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Providers
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | Comments

In consideration of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the FCC waived certain requirements under its rules to alleviate the burden of regulatory compliance as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from Hurricane Maria.

Commercial mobile radio services (CMRS) licensees are required to meet certain Phase 2 location accuracy standards with respect to 9-1-1 calls. The FCC was advised that, because of hurricane damage and related effects, service providers that use triangulation to provide location information for 9-1-1 calls may not have a sufficient number of towers in service to permit triangulation at this time in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FCC waived the rules for providers affected by Hurricane Maria that use a network-based location solution until the date the licensee has restored facilities sufficient to enable transmission of 9-1-1 location information to public-safety answering points (PSAPs) or Dec. 31.

The commission said it will monitor restoration status and provide further extensions if restoration activities are not sufficient to provide accurate location information by Dec. 31. Find more information here.

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