Comment Sought on Guam Carrier’s Request for Waiver of 9-1-1 Location Rules
Friday, September 18, 2020 | Comments

The FCC’s Public-Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is seeking comment from interested parties on a petition for a waiver of 9-1-1 dispatchable location information requirements from GTA TeleGuam Holdings.

GTA, located in the U.S. territory of Guam, is seeking a limited waiver from the requirements to furnish automated dispatchable location information with 9-1-1 calls from multiline telephone systems (MLTS), fixed telephony, VoIP, and telecommunications relay services (TRS) and mobile text. Specifically, GTA seeks a waiver to the extent that 9-1-1 automated dispatchable location requirements apply to MLTS and other services in U.S. territories where “single, official addresses do not exist.”

GTA told the FCC that in certain villages in Guam, there is no single, official address for some locations, and this is “general disagreement over street address information.” Because of this, this is no single, official and consistently recognized street address database that can be used to validate an individual street address in Guam, the provider said.

GTA argued that granting a limited waiver would not undermine the purpose of the rules because GTA will continue to provide Guam’s public-safety answering point (PSAP) with an address with 9-1-1 calls, thereby allowing first responders to locate and access whoever is in need as quickly as possible. GTA said it collects its address information from the resident customer and consistently updates its own street address database and provides Guam’s PSAP with the updated street address information bi-weekly.

Comments on the waiver request are due Oct. 19 and reply comments are due Nov. 2. Find the full notice here.

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