FCC Seeks Comment on Emergency Access to Wi-Fi Points for 9-1-1
Tuesday, September 01, 2020 | Comments

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is seeking comment on emergency access to Wi-Fi access points as directed by Congress in Ray Baum’s Act of 2018.

By March 23, the act requires the commission to submit to Congress a study on the public-safety benefits and technical feasibility and cost of:
• Making telecommunications service provider-owned Wi-Fi access points and other communications technologies operating on unlicensed spectrum, available to the general public for access to 9-1-1 services, without requiring login credentials, during times of emergency when mobile service is unavailable
• The provision by non-telecommunications service provider-owned Wi-Fi access point of public access to 9-1-1 services during times of emergency service when mobile service is unavailable
• Other alternative means of providing the public with access to 9-1-1 services during times of emergency when mobile service is unavailable

To assist in that work, the FCC is seeking comment on aspects of each of those focus areas.

Comments are due Oct. 1, and reply comments are due Oct. 16. Find the notice with the full scope of the FCC’s request here.

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