FCC Provides Guidance on E9-1-1 Location Accuracy Deadline
Monday, March 16, 2020 | Comments

The FCC provided guidance to commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers on filing certifications of compliance with the E9-1-1 location accuracy benchmark that requires CMRS providers to provide, as of April 3, dispatchable location or X, Y location (latitude and longitude) information within a tolerance of 50 meters for 70% of all wireless 9-1-1 calls. CMRS providers must certify compliance with this benchmark no later than June 2.

The horizontal location rules provide that nationwide CMRS providers must demonstrate location accuracy by providing dispatchable location or X, Y location within 50 meters, for certain percentages of wireless 9-1-1 calls within a multiyear timeframe:
• By April 3, 2020: 70% of all wireless 9-1-1 calls
• By April 3, 2021: 80% of all wireless 9-1-1 calls

Regional carriers are subject to the following horizontal accuracy requirements:
• By April 3, 2020, or six months of having an operational voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) platform in their network, 70% of all wireless 9-1-1 calls including VoLTE calls; and
• By April 3, 2021, or one year of having an operational VoLTE platform in their network, 80% of all wireless 9-1-1 calls including VoLTE calls

The rules state that CMRS providers shall be presumed to be in compliance “by certifying that they have complied with the test bed and live call data provisions” in the rules. All CMRS providers “must certify that the indoor location technology (or technologies) used in their networks are deployed consistently with the manner in which they have been tested in the test bed.”

In addition, CMRS providers that file quarterly reports of live call data in one or more of the six test cities “must certify that their deployment of location technologies throughout their coverage area is consistent with the deployment of the same technologies in the areas that are used for live call data reporting.” Regional CMRS providers that do not provide service or report quarterly live call data in any of the six test cities must certify that they have verified, based on their own live 9-1-1 call data that they comply with the applicable accuracy requirements.

The full public notice is here.

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