FCC Launches Inquiry into Wireless Provider Compliance with Location Accuracy Rules
Friday, April 02, 2021 | Comments

The FCC is conducting an inquiry into several wireless providers’ compliance with the FCC rules that require them to start delivering 9-1-1 callers’ vertical location information by April 3.

“Today we are taking action to ensure that wireless providers deliver on their public safety obligations,” said Rosenworcel. “The FCC adopted comprehensive rules to improve location information for 9-1-1 wireless calls back in 2015. But, there has been too little progress since then, and I have consistently called on this agency to do more to ensure that our rules are delivering actionable information. It’s time for the FCC, public safety and wireless carriers to work together to ensure that life-saving 911 location information is being delivered to first responders without further delay.”

The commission’s rules require nationwide wireless providers to deploy dispatchable location or meet certain vertical location, or Z-axis, accuracy requirements by April 3 and to certify to such deployment by June 2.

As part of its inquiry, the Enforcement Bureau will review carriers’ past efforts to come into compliance with the FCC’s deadlines as well as the current capabilities of Z-axis solutions. The Enforcement Bureau (EB) can take a range of actions for any violations of FCC rules, as appropriate.

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