Kari’s Law in Effect as of Feb. 17
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 | Comments

Feb. 17 was the effective date of Kari’s Law, which requires multiline telephone systems (MLTS) to directly route 9-1-1 calls, without the need to dial a prefix to reach an outside line.

“More than six years ago, Hank Hunt launched a campaign to change phone systems so other families would not suffer a tragedy like his own,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “We are all taught from a very young age to dial 9-1-1 for emergencies. But because hotel phones required guests to dial 9 before calling 9-1-1, the calls for help placed by Kari’s daughter never went through. Thanks to Hank’s courage and dedication, Kari’s Law was enacted to change this.”

In 2018, Congress passed Kari’s Law, which requires new MLTS to enable users to dial 9-1-1 directly. The law also requires such systems to provide notification, such as to a front desk or security office, when a 9-1-1 call is made to facilitate building entry by first responders.

Last year, the FCC adopted rules to implement Kari’s Law.

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